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As part of the Vision Zero Initiative to reduce deaths and injuries related to traffic accidents, New York police officers gave out more than 1000 summonses including 500 for failure to yield to pedestrian between May 5th and May 10th at a dangerous Queens intersection located near 74th street, Roosevelt Ave and Broadway.

The location was selected by the city because it has a history of accident. Last February a 25 year old woman was struck to death by a MTA bus at this intersection.

Read more in DNAinfo New York

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1 adult was in critical condition and 7 children suffered minor injuries after a school bus crashed into a pole near the intersection of Braddock Ave and Hillside Ave in Queens, NY. The driver was trying to avoid a collision with a car when he hit the pole.

Read more in the New York Daily News

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A female pedestrian was fatally struck by a school bus with several children on board at the crossing of 93rd street and Second Ave yesterday afternoon. The victim is Jessica Schnieder, a woman in her 40s who was crossing 93rd Street. According to CBS New York, there were a lot of construction going on near the cross street and the bus started to back up because of traffic. The bus struck the woman as she was walking in the crossroad. She died at the scene of severe head trauma. See video for more

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A new rule proposed by the FMCSA would allow commercial carriers to use an electronic signature and to store their documents electronically. This new rule would apply to documents that trucking and bus companies are legally obligated to retain but not to forms and documents that have to be submitted directly to the FMCSA. This proposed rule responds in part to the President’s January 2011 Regulatory
Review and Reform initiative and would implement the Government Paperwork Elimination Act (GPEA) and the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (E-SIGN).

Read the complete rule proposal

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An elderly woman was struck and killed by a bus yesterday in Brooklyn, New York. This is the second MTA Bus accident that happened in Brooklyn in less than a week. On August 25th we reported in a previous blog that a young bicyclist was severely injured after being struck by an MTA bus.

Read more in the New York Post

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Source: New York Post

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An 11 year old bicyclist was struck and dragged under the rear of MTA bus yesterday in Cypress Hills in Brooklyn, New York. The boy was taken to Brookdale Hospital with traumatic injuries to his rib cage and lower body and was later transferred to New York – Presbyterian Columbia Hospital. The bus driver never saw the bicyclist who, according to investigators may have ridden into the back of the bus.

Watch the video 11-Year-Old Boy on Bike Seriously Hurt in MTA Bus Accident

Last year in New York, 40 bicyclists were struck by MTA buses, according to MTA statistics. This is a sad reminder of how dangerous it is for bicyclists to ride near buses. If you or your children ride a bike in the city please make sure to observe the following basic safety rules:

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Many bus accidents happen because the bus company was negligent or careless. Defective equipment, poorly maintained buses or not properly trained bus drivers put the life of passengers at risk.

All Nation Coach in Staten Island, New York, a high-risk passenger carrier was shut down yesterday by the The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The bus company was the reincarnation of Tichy Express, Inc. that was shut down last year for multiple violations of federal safety regulations.

This action is the 16th out-of-service order issued by FMCSA since the deployment in April 2013 of more than 50 “Operation Quick Strike” safety investigations targeting high-risk passenger carriers.

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Reducing the number of truck and bus accidents related to driver fatigue is one of the priorities of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

After launching new hours-of-service rules at the begining of the month, Anne S. Ferro, Administrator of the FMCSA joined forces with Lisa Raitt, the Canadian Minister of Transport to announce the launch of the The North American Fatigue Management Program (NAFMP). The NAFMP is a comprehensive interactive program for commercial truck and bus drivers, their spouse and family as well as motor carrier executives and managers, safety managers and trainers, dispatchers and drivers managers, freight shippers and receivers.

The program aims at developing a corporate culture that facilitates reduced driver fatigue and at providing fatigue management education, information on sleep disorders screening and treatment, driver and trip scheduling as well as fatigue management technologies.

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In New York City, some 70,000 motor vehicle crashes are reported every year and among them 250 are fatal crashes, 3000 crashes lead to serious personal injury . 10,000 crashes involved pedestrians struck by a car or another vehicle such as a bus or a truck.

Slow%20Zone.jpgIn order to reduce the frequency and the severity of these crashes the New York City Department of Transport has been running a Community based Neighborhood Slow Zone Program. Last year a dozen neighborhoods in the city had their application accepted and a speed limit of 20 mph with signage, gateways as well as speed bumps is being implemented this year. New Applications can now be filed by communities until the end of this month.

Many cities in Europe are already running this type of program. In London Slow Zone program saw a reduction a more that 40 % of fatal and severe injury crashes and the average speed in theses area will now be reduced to 9 mph. In the Netherlands crashes dropped by 25% in slow zones and in Barcelona by 27%. Similar results are expected in New York City’s newly created Slow Zones.

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Car accidents as well as truck and bus accidents, are a common cause of cervical disc herniation especially those during which an abrupt change of speed ocurrs. Seat belts and airbags in cars are designed to prevent this type of personal injury. During a vehicle collision, the weight of the head being moved quickly or violently forward and/or backward produces tremendous pressure on the cervical vertebrae (neck) and can cause the disc to bulge or herniate.

Basically each intervertebral disc has two parts, the annulus fibrosus and the nucleus pulposus. The annulus fibrosus is made up of layers of fibrous tissue. It surrounds the nucleus pulposus and serves as a retaining sheath of dense fibrous tissue which keep the nucleus under pressure. The nucleus pulposus which is retained within the annulus fibrosus has a mucoid character and consistency similar to grissle and acts like a fluid. Herniation occurs when the nucleus pulposus protrudes or ruptures through the surrounding annulus fibrosus.

In this video, Dr Nabil Ebraheim, Professor and Chair of Orthopedic Surgery at The University of Toledo, explains what a disc herniation is and how it affects other parts of the upper body.