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18 people suffered personal injury in a bus accident in New York. Yesterday afternoon a collision between 3 vehicles including a bus occurred on the FDR near the Brooklyn Bridge. According to the NY Daily News, the bus was transporting several disabled people. The 18 people injured in the crash were dispatched to various hospitals.

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A 33 year old man suffered critical personal injury in a NYC bicycle accident. The bicyclist was riding north on Graham Ave when he was “doored” by  the passenger of a legally parked car. After crashing into the open door of the parked car he fell onto the street. He was then run over by another car driving by.  He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition with head trauma and torso injuries.

Read more in the NY Daily News

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Richmont University Medical CenterAn NYPD officer almost died after being assaulted by a violent patient in a New York City hospital. The rookie officer was guarding a patient at Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island. The patient, Dante Martin who had been arrested earlier asked to use the bathroom. After, the officer uncuffed him, Martin pushed her to the ground and went for her gun. The police officer was saved by Rafael Muniz, another patient who helped subdue the suspect.

The NYPD have specific procedures for patients in police custody. They are now investigating the assault.

Read more in the NY Daily News

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Brooklyn Bridge Bike LaneWith a new victim last week, the number of fatal bicycle accidents in New York City in 2016 has now reached 15. In only 8 months the number of bicyclists killed this year in New York City has reached the same number as the number of bicyclist killed during the entire year of 2015. Among these 15 bicycle accidents, 8 of them occurred in Brooklyn, 3 in the Bronx, 2 in Manhattan, 1 in Staten Island and 1 in Queens. In a recent article in the New York Time, Eli Rosenberg provides an in depth analysis of this worrisome rise of fatal bicycle accidents in Brooklyn and what is being done and could be done by the city to prevent them.

The bicycling culture in Brooklyn is the strongest of all 5 boroughs. It has the highest number of bicycle commuters of in the city. However, despite this enthusiasm for this healthy mode of transportation, Brooklyn streets are still very hazardous to bicyclists.  Despite Vision Zero efforts to make streets safer, bike lanes, especially protected bike lanes are still lacking in many areas of Brooklyn. The recent death of 35 year old Matthew Von Ohlen is proof that unprotected bike lanes are not enough to make the streets safe.   Protected bike lanes have statistically proven to reduce the number of injuries related to accidents by 20%.

As the number of people using their bikes to commute around Brooklyn continues to grow, there is an obvious need for the city to act fast in continuing to create protective bike lanes for bicycle commuters in Brooklyn. While Manhattan already has 122 miles of protected bike lanes, Brooklyn is much larger than Manhattan and yet only has 84 miles of protected bike lanes. 15 more miles are planned to be installed in 2016.  15 miles is better than nothing but still seems like very little. Large areas of South Brooklyn where 3 cyclists died this year still have no bike lanes, protected or not.  In his article Eli Rosenberg concludes that there is still a lot to do including changing the old mentality that cars rule and to protect the 18,300 Brooklyn bicyclists who commute to work daily.

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Police are searching for the driver of a black minivan who hit a 6 year old male pedestrian and fled the scene of the accident. The boy was crossing Hamilton Parkway and 41st Street in Borough Park, Brooklyn with his father when it occurred. The car ran over the boy, slowed down and stopped. The driver briefly came out and then went back in and  took off. The boy suffered a broken hand, a broken foot as well as cuts and bruises all over his body. The accident was recorded by a surveillance camera. Pedestrian accidents are on the rise in NYC.

 

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Channel Drive and Beach 67 streetA 5 year old boy suffered personal injury after the car he was riding rear ended an  MTA Bus in New York City. The accident occurred last Thursday afternoon in Queens. The car slammed into a MTA bus that was parked at a stop on Beach Channel Drive near Beach 67 Street.  The impact projected the boy out of his seat. He suffered critical head and neck injury. He was rushed to the hospital. Another passenger in the car was also transported to the hospital in serious condition according to the NY Daily News 

Picture: the intersection of Beach Channel Drive and Beach 67 Street couertesy of Google Map

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uber carThere were 1,672 car accidents involving for-hire vehicles in New York during the month of June this year compared to 534 in June 2014. There were also 5 fatal crashes involving these types of vehicles between the beginning of last May and the end of last June compared to 7 for the entire year of 2015. So far since the beginning of this year no yellow cab has been involved in a fatal vehicle accident. Yellow taxis are statistically safer for passengers.

The increasing popularity of car services like Uber, Lyft or Juno is the main factor for this worrisome increase in for-hire vehicles crashes . Drivers often do not have much experience and are distracted by multiple electronic devices installed in their cars as they are working for several companies at the same time. They are also subject to less vigorous enforcement as they are are blending into other traffic while yellow taxis are immediately recognizable.

Many clients agree that they don’t feel safe in a vehicle where the driver is constantly paying attention to his electronic devices rather than concentrating on the street.

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newbornFailure to diagnose or delay to treat a bacterial infection in a newborn can be medical malpractice. Doctors (and also parents) may sometimes be reluctant to submit a young infant  to a lengthy and complicated process in order to  find out if a fever may  be caused by a bacterial infection. Thanks to new research this process may become much easier in the future.

Fever is usually one of the first symptom of a bacterial infection. However it can also be caused by other medical conditions. When a health care provider evaluates a young infant with fever and suspect an infection, there is no quick way to find out if the infant suffers from a bacterial infection. The actual method consists in isolating live bacteria from blood, urine or spinal fluid and grow a bacteria culture in a laboratory. This may require difficult and traumatizing medical procedures such as spinal tap. Additionally the  infant may necessitate hospital admission and an antibiotic prescription until the results of the tests are available.

A recent study that was published on Aug. 23, 2016 in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that through advances in genetic sequencing technology it may soon be possible for doctors to diagnose bacterial infections in infants with fevers quickly and in a non invasive manner.  More work is needed but in the future only a small blood sample may be enough to immediately determine if an infant suffers or not from a bacterial infection.

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central park bikingA bicyclist suffered serious head injury in an accident in Central Park, New York City. The bicyclist was riding his bike in Central Park when, according to the police, a pedestrian stepped into the crosswalk in front of him.  The bicyclist squeezed his brakes hard and swerved to avoid the pedestrian. He flew over the front of the bike and landed on his head, on the pavement, 25 to 30 feet away from the bike. He wasn’t wearing a helmet. He was transported to the hospital in critical condition. He suffered serious body and head trauma. The police didn’t tell the NY Daily News if the pedestrian had the green light but the investigation is ongoing.

Last year in a similar scenario, a bicyclist killed a pedestrian in Central Park. The pedestrian was also in the crosswalk when the accident happened. According to witnesses, the bicyclist who was riding well over the maximum speed of 25 mph swerved to avoid other pedestrians before fatally striking 59 year old Jill Tarlov, a CBS senior VP. After the accident the minimum biking speed in the park was lowered to 20 mph instead of 25 mph.

Yesterday another bicyclist died from injuries sustained in a bicycle accident in Central Park. According to Patch.com, the victim fell of her bike a month ago. 54 year old Gloria Garcia was visiting New York from Texas. She sustained a head injury and had been hospitalized since the accident which occurred on July 17th.

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schenkman-michaelA bicyclist was fatally struck by a car in NYC. Yesterday morning, 78 year old Michael Schenkman was riding his bike on Northern Boulevard in Bayside, Queens when he was struck by a car. Michael Schenkman was an avid biker and a member of Transportation Alternatives. He was riding his bike every morning for 20 miles. The accident occurred on Northern Boulevard near 223rd Street around 6:30 am. The 25 year old driver of the car stayed at the scene of the accident and so far hasn’t been charged. A picture in the NY Daily News shows that the impact was so strong that the windshield was completely destroyed. In an article in Street Blog, Brad Aaron  suspects that the driver was speeding.

Michael Schenkman is the 16th victim who died in a bicycle accident in New York City this year. The number of bicyclists fatalities is on the rise in the city. Last year during the entire year 14 people died in bicycle accidents.

After yesterday’s accident, Transportation Alternatives released a statement asking the mayor to implement the Vision Zero Initiative to make the streets of New York City safer faster.