Monthly Archives: October 2016

Is NJ Transit to Blame for Crash Victims’ Injuries?

A man is suing NJ transit after the tragic train crash in Hoboken caused him to lose his finger. The case is likely the first of many to come from the train accident, as victims start to look for who is responsible for their injuries. This particular man says he was sleeping at the time of the accident. He briefly woke, but did not realize that the train was speeding up instead of slowly down. In addition to losing his finger, he also suffered injuries to his neck and face. How Could NJ Transit Be Responsible? The case claims that the transit system did not do its part to provide a safe environment for passengers. There are plenty of arguments for why this might be the case. We already wrote a post about how positive train control could have prevented this train accident, and it is possible that by failing…
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Is BMW’s New Bike the Future of Motorcycle Safety?

BMW has been showing off a new concept bike that may give us a glimpse into the future of motorcycle safety. The BMW Motorrad Vision NEXT 100 is the most recent in BMW’s Vision series, a line of concept bikes meant to demonstrate new cutting-edge concepts. What’s Unique About This New Bike? BMW claims that the bike has a balancing system that will keep it up upright. This could help prevent motorcycle accidents where the bike falls over, a common injury for novice riders. It will also balance during movement to help experienced riders optimize their performance and safety. Another important safety technology will allow the bike to turn without the normal joints that motorcycles have today. This means that when a rider turns, the entire frame will adjust to move in that direction. The sensitivity of this turning feature will decrease as the motorcycle speeds up. This could help…
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How Did This Worker Die in This New Jersey Elevator Accident?

A worker died last week in a New Jersey elevator accident. According to Lakehurst Police, the 34-year-old was using a freight elevator to move a delivery load into the basement of a bar when a mechanical error occurred. The worker had one foot outside of the elevator and one on the elevator floor when the elevator unexpectedly lowered and brought a bar down on top of him. The worker was later pronounced dead at the hospital. What are the Most Common Causes of Elevator Accidents? Elevator accidents are more common than you might think. According to ConsumerWatch.com, there are approximately 900,000 elevators in the U.S. that each service about 20,000 people per year. Collectively, they make at least 18 billion passenger trips each year. That said, there are at least 17,000 people injured in elevator accidents each year. The most common causes of these elevator accident include the following: Mislevel,…
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