Ways to avoid car accidents on New Jersey roads

While Spring is on the horizon, the dangers of driving on New Jersey roads doesn’t end when ice and snow go away. There are any number of other reasons why cars and other vehicles get in accidents. March and April rains make the roads slick, hard to maneuver on and reduce visibility, as can driving at night. Of course, a key danger will always be reckless drivers sharing the road with you. Fortunately, there are ways you can minimize the probability of being in a car accident.

One is checking your vehicle on a regular basis. You should check it often and have professionals do the same. If you do that, you can be confident that it is in good working order and ensure that mechanical failure won’t be a cause of an accident for the car you drive.

When driving, it is a good idea to pay attention to your surroundings near and far. Of course, you will want to pay attention to other drivers and situations close to your car, but it is also advisable to be aware of those further off, so you have more time to react to them if necessary.

For example, you might see a traffic jam some ways down the road. By being observant about such things, you can make good judgments about them with plenty of time to spare. That will help keep you and your family safe, so you can get where you’re going without worry.

Watching out for inclement weather conditions can also protect you from dangerous situations. Being observant about rain and water on the road will help you adjust your driving strategy, perhaps by turning on your window wipers and driving with extra caution if the road gets wet. By following these tips, your drives on New Jersey roads can be safe and pleasant.

Source: Ask Men, “How To Avoid Car Accidents” Patrick Rowlings, accessed Mar. 16, 2015

Sometimes, car accidents take a lot of time to sort out. It can take a while to assess the damage to the vehicles involved. Making these assessments accurately can be critical for insurance claims and legal cases. It can also take quite a while to determine the extent of injuries suffered in a crash, and even to identify the victims when there are fatalities.

All of those considerations apply to a recent car accident in New Jersey. The South Jersey accident, which occurred on a recent Saturday, resulted in the death of a man who had been a passenger in one of the seven cars that crashed. That man, 45, has now been identified. According to the information about him from the police, he is from North Wildwood. His was hit when he stepped out of his vehicle was killed.

The accident was part of a set of chain-reaction crashes. The winter storm that weekend may have contributed to it by affecting road conditions. Police substantiate that view, affirming that there was black ice all over the roadway. Black ice can be particularly deadly and often results in out-of-control before drivers can react. The area of North Wildwood Boulevard where the accident happened was particularly icy that evening.

This case shows everyone how dangerous the roads can be, especially when weather conditions affect the roads. Drivers should be particularly careful during those times, mindful of their surroundings and of other vehicles in the area. It can help to listen to weather reports before driving anywhere and to avoid driving in inclement weather when possible. Having a local radio station on if you do need to drive to be updated of any particularly dangerous areas can be helpful too.

Source: NJ.com, “Police ID passenger killed in South Jersey crash, reports say” Craig McCarthy, Feb. 23, 2015

When two vehicles collide, the first hope is that those inside them won’t be hurt. Of course, injuries do happen. Sometimes there are even fatalities, as was the case in Hillsborough, New Jersey.

Police were called to the scene of the two-car collision shortly after 10:30 a.m. on a recent Sunday morning. It occurred in the Millstone River Road area, close to the Blackwell Mills Road causeway. The police department confirmed in a news release that they were dispatched shortly after the accident was reported.

The preliminary investigation shows that one of the vehicles was a Ford Focus. The driver of that car, 21, struck a BMW after crossing into Millstone River Road’s northbound lane. The woman driving the BMW, 50, was pronounced dead at the scene due to the injuries that she suffered in the crash.

Her daughter, 20, had been a passenger in the car. The daughter had non-life threatening injuries, and was taken to New Brunswick’s Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for treatment. The driver of the Ford Focus that hit the BMW was also taken to the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He, too, had non-life threatening injuries.

Millstone River Road had to be closed to traffic for approximately five hours while the preliminary investigation was being conducted. Collaborating on that investigation were the Hillsborough Township Police Department, the New Jersey Regional Medical Examiner’s Office, and the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

Injuries in car accidents happen all the time. If you or a loved one are affected by them, you may have a number of legal options to explore. An experienced attorney can help.

Source: NJ.com, “Hillsborough woman dies after head-on car crash, police say” Kimberly Redmond, Jan. 04, 2015

The details of many car crashes often have to be related from memory by those who were in them and those who were witnesses. On one recent occasion, however, an accident gets recorded live on video as it happens. That is what occurred during a New Jersey car crash.

A witness to the crash was driving along Route 9 and had his dashboard camera on. Suddenly, in full view of his camera, a Mercedes slammed into the nearby highway divider. The impact sent it flying, with each moment of the accident caught on film.

The accident happened at about 10:53 p.m. on a recent Sunday night. The passenger, 19, was flung from the Mercedes at high speed when it hit the divider. He died as a direct result of the injuries he suffered in the accident.

The driver of the Mercedes, 20, survived. He has been charged with death by auto and was incarcerated at the Middlesex County Jail. His bail was set at $250,000 the Monday after the accident. He and the passenger had been friends since they attended Sayreville Memorial High School, according to their Facebook accounts.

The video recorded by the dashboard camera of the witness shows that the Mercedes careened out of control. The driver slammed into the divider, which the witness says caused a big sound. There was debris, and the video shows that the witness apparently swerved to avoid hitting it. The witness had been driving home after spending time with his family.

Whether caught on video or not, every accident that results in injury or death is very serious. Those are hurt but survive, along with relatives of those killed, may want to explore their legal options. A good attorney can help them do so.

Source: NY Daily News, “Dashboard camera of passing driver captures New Jersey car crash that killed teen” Rachelle Blidner, Nov. 12, 2014

When New Jersey residents decide to catch the latest movie at their local theater, they don’t generally expect to be attacked by a mass murderer while enjoying the film. Unfortunately, that was the fate of dozens of moviegoers who saw a midnight showing of “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises” in Colorado in July 2012. The victims are now suing the theater for premises liability after claiming that a lack of security led to the fatal shooting.

Cinemark USA is facing numerous lawsuits from the victims and families of the 12 killed in the mass murder. Although many have claimed negligence and wrongful death, a judge ruled last year that only the premises liability claims can be pursued in court because it would have been difficult for theater staff to predict that the shooting would happen. The trial will take place in February 2015. Ten victims have filed claims thus far.

The theater had been involved in previous criminal activity. Gangs have frequented the area, and there have been assaults and robberies as well. The theater hired extra security on Friday and Saturday nights to deal with these issues.

Customers have a right to set foot on a business’ premises without fear of being injured or killed. Even though a shooting can happen at any time without warning, there are predictors – such as previous criminal activity – that can determine whether or not a place is safe for customers. It is important to maintain a safe environment; otherwise, if an incident occurs, victims can sue the business and may recover compensation for damages.

Source: Courthouse News Service, “Mass-Murder Theater Faces Liability Claims,” Megan Gallegos, June 23, 2014

Premises liability cases can cost New Jersey business owners their licenses, their reputation and their income. When someone is injured on the premises of a business — by slipping on a wet floor, tripping on uneven ground or an obstruction left in the way, bitten by a dog or any other hazard — he or she can sue for damages. Businesses are responsible to ensure that their property is a safe area for both customers and workers.

They must have adequate security to keep their patrons safe. If they have stairs, they must have railings that are in good shape and adequate lighting. Occasionally, during periods of repair, a business may have an unsafe area. The area must be adequately blocked off or warnings posted to inform patrons or workers.

Even repairmen expect to be relatively safe when they come to a place of business to provide maintenance or repairs. One example is where a Texas man has filed a premises liability and negligence suit against a popular restaurant, Landry’s.

This restaurant was an Aquarium restaurant. On 2012, the man was sent to repair an air conditioner. When he got there, he was shown a ladder and a hatch door to access the air conditioner by the manager. He had no warning that the conditions may be unsafe.

After completing his repair job, he began climbing back down the ladder. That’s when the hatch door slammed. It caught his hand and the ladder came loose from the wall. As a result, the man fell from a height of 10 feet hitting the floor.

As you can imagine, he allegedly had injuries from the unsafe property conditions. He is requesting compensation for his medical expenses and lost pay, which he claims have cost more than $150,000.

Source: The Southeast Texas Record, “Landry’s sued after repairman injured on restaurant premises” Annie Cosby, May. 21, 2014

Losing a loved one is seldom easy, but often a certain amount of anger comes along with it when the death was caused by something that could have been prevented. It only takes one negligent or senseless act sometimes, and the damage to lives can be irreversible. How do you cope with the anger, mixed feelings and pain when you lose a loved one?

A recent bicycle accident in Edgewater, New Jersey, resulted in death for one 61-year-old man. The man was riding north on River Road when a car struck his back tire. Falling from the bike, he struck his head on the road. The accident occurred on Friday night, and the man passed away late Sunday night from his injuries.

The woman who hit him was 40-years-old. Prosecutors allege that she was drunk at the time of the accident. She was charged with assault by auto at first, with a $15,000 bail. She posted the bail and was required to turn herself in for court on Monday.

However, by Monday, her accident victim had died, and her charges were upgraded to vehicular homicide. Her bail was raised to $125,000 cash. The accident is still being investigated by the Edgewater Police Department.

When an accident such as this one occurs, loved ones often suffer more than just the emotional loss of a loved one. It can mean loss of security, loss of an income, loss of parenting for children and loss of spousal companionship, among other things. While nothing can bring a loved one back, a wrongful death suit may help to alleviate some of the financial difficulties if the family is awarded compensation. The most important thing in a wrongful death suit is to be sure to discuss with your attorney all the ways in which you and your family have been impacted by your loss.

Source:  New Jersey Herald, “Charges upgraded in crash that killed bicyclist” Associated Press, May. 12, 2014

Car accidents take the lives of far too many New Jersey citizens. One more occurred in Paterson in the early hours Saturday morning. The accident occurred at a dangerous three-point intersection where Haledon Avenue and North First Street meet.

This accident was responsible for seriously injuring two individuals — one is in a coma. Two others were killed in the accident. It is unclear who was driving or riding in the cars when the collision occurred.

The car accident is still under investigation. We do know that according to a friend of the woman who is in a coma at St. Joseph’s Hospital, the woman lived not far from the accident site. He believed she was probably coming home from a night out with her friends.

Who or how many people were in each of the vehicles involved was not declared. The identities of the deceased was also not yet released at the time of this article. However, according to a police source, there is the possibility that alcohol was involved, which is being looked at by the investigators.

The friend of the woman in a coma remarked about the danger of the intersection. He said the intersection is at the bottom of a hill and is a source of ongoing problems. He believes a speed zone or a traffic light should be put in place to make it safer.

At this point, the exact cause of this accident is unknown. It may turn out to be the fault of reckless driving or driving under the influence, hazardous weather conditions or even the intersection itself. This will be determined by the ongoing investigation.

Once fault is established in an accident, victims or families of deceased victims will know more regarding who the responsible party is when it comes to damages, medical fees and expenses, and possible wrongful death compensation.

Source: Pix 11, “2 killed in early morning New Jersey car crash” Sonia Moghe, Apr. 26, 2014

People in New Jersey expect to be safe in their own home, but as one township found out, anything can happen. It appears the natural gas that citizens need to warm their homes in the cold winter weather turned out to be an environmental hazard.

On Tuesday afternoon, Public Service Electric and Gas Company workers were attempting to repair a gas line when a massive explosion occurred at a condo complex in Ewing Township. Apparently, someone had reported that they were smelling gas and utility workers were dispatched to the site. While working on the gas line, something ignited the gas and sparked a massive explosion.

Seven utility workers were injured in the explosion, and the home of a 62-year-old woman was completely leveled. The woman’s body was found on the hood of a car; dental records were required for identification.

One resident claimed that it looked like a bomb had exploded. They saw a house in flames and utility workers laying on the ground with limbs broken and cuts on their bodies. Another nearby witness thought a plane had crashed into a building.

There was massive damage to surrounding property also, which included 54 other homes. Twenty homes were left in an uninhabitable state. Residents in the area cannot return to their homes, because an investigation is still going on as rubble is being explored for clues that might help determine the cause of the explosion.

When there is catastrophic damage, such as this, the families of the victims will want to know who is responsible. Was it a piece of faulty equipment? Was it negligence? Were there existing safety concerns?

When people are injured in accidents that are no fault of their own, they should be able to hold the accountable party responsible for compensation for their damages. Damages could include property damage, medical expenses, loss of wages, wrongful death compensation and other losses or expenses caused by the incident.

Source: New York Daily News, “Massive explosion in New Jersey kills one resident, destroys home and sparks fire” Nina Golgowski and Stephen Rex Brown, Mar. 04, 2014

Liability for injuries or death that occur in a drunk driving accident is generally limited to the drunk driver. However, if the driver was served while intoxicated at a bar, dram shop liability laws can come into play. Dram shop liability in New Jersey, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, allows victims or their families to recover damages from a licensed alcohol server. There are several requirements that must be met, but the following case illustrates how a bar may be held liable.

On Aug. 16, 2013, a 26-year-old woman left Martell’s Tiki Bar after drinking vodka for several hours. The bar, which is located in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, is accused of continuing to serve the woman after she was visibly intoxicated. In addition, when the woman left the bar, she mistook another SUV for her own. She was able to get into the vehicle and drive off because the valet parking staff had told the owners to leave the vehicle keys in it.

The woman drove the wrong way on Route 18 and crashed head-on into another vehicle. The intoxicated woman died from her injuries at a local hospital about an hour after the crash. The driver of the other vehicle, who was a nurse, was severely injured. She walks with a walker now and is rehabilitating at home. Unfortunately, she will never work again as a nurse. It was later determined that the at-fault driver had a blood alcohol level of .189.

While dram shop liability cases are somewhat uncommon, the bar that served the woman while she was intoxicated should be held accountable for the injuries she caused. If you have been injured in a car accident or have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness, you may find the advice of a experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney helpful.

Source: NJ.com, “Cops: Driver killed in Old Bridge wrong-way crash had blood-alcohol level more than double legal limit” Anthony G. Attrino, Feb. 11, 2014

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