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April 2011 Archives

New Jersey DOT to fix dangerous interchange

The traffic congestion, merging speeds, and high car accident rates at southern New Jersey's Interstate 295 interchange at I-76 and Route 42 have been a point of contention between drivers and the New Jersey Department of Transportation for decades. Now, after years of studies and proposals, the NJDOT has pledged to fix the problem.

Fatal bus crashes may lead to increased safety standards, part two

Earlier this week, we wrote about the increased efforts of federal lawmakers and safety advocacy groups to require additional safety features in buses. The safety movement comes approximately one month after two deadly bus accidents in New Jersey and New York that took the lives of 17 bus passengers.

Fatal bus crashes may lead to increased safety standards, part one

Last month, we wrote about a series of deadly bus crashes that took the lives of almost 20 people in New Jersey and New York. Now, the father of a 20-year-old college student who was killed in the second accident on the New Jersey Turnpike has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Super Luxury Tours, which operated the bus involved in the fatal crash.

Ford expands F-150 recall in response to NHSTA pressure

Ford has issued a recall of over one million F-150 pickup trucks after mass reports of injuries from random, unwarranted airbag deployment. In February, Ford recalled 150,000 trucks, but the automaker resisted government efforts to expand the voluntary recall. However, receiving mass public criticism for its handling of the Toyota sudden acceleration issues, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration was not willing to allow Ford to handle the airbag defects on its own terms.

New Jersey woman killed at train crossing

A 19-year-old New Jersey woman was hit by a train and killed while attempting to drive across a set of railroad tracks. According to witness reports, the woman had steered her SUV around the track's lowered crossing gates when a New Jersey Coast Line train in transit from Long Beach to Bay Head approached. The train struck the vehicle, fatally injuring the woman. No one else was in the vehicle, and none of the train's 12 passengers were injured.

Broken forceps leads to products liability and malpractice suits

In February 2008, a woman underwent an elective hysterectomy at a Navy medical center. Not long after the procedure, she began to feel severe pain and discomfort in her abdomen, which was not an expected side effect of the procedure. She returned to the medical center several times, complaining of pain and pressure, but her symptoms were neither seriously investigated nor treated. In July 2009, more than one year after she had been experiencing pain, an emergency room doctor finally ordered a CT scan. The scan showed a foreign object in the woman's pelvis, which was later found to be a piece of a medical instrument used during the hysterectomy.

Fireworks law loophole at issue in NJ personal injury lawsuit

The purchase and use of fireworks is illegal in New Jersey and border state Pennsylvania. However, the explosives are a large part of the Fourth of July celebrations of people in both states. This is partially because of an ambiguity in Pennsylvania law that allows fireworks to be sold in the state if the buyer immediately takes them across the Pennsylvania border and into a neighboring state.