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NJ Men Attempt Black Ice DUI Coverup

The New Jersey slip-and-fall lawyers at Breslin and Breslin are reporting that two NJ men were arrested on Saturday after police said they tried to cover up a drunken car crash by making black ice. Brian Byers, 20, allegedly blew through a stop sign at an intersection, then hit a guard rail before fleeing the scene, according to a CBS report. He returned hours later with 20-year-old Alexander Zambenedetti. Byers then allegedly proceeded to pour water at the intersection in an attempt to create black ice, police said. "I've never seen anything like this and I've been here 21 years," Sgt. John Lamon of the Sparta Police Department told CBS2. Added Sgt. Dennis Proctor to 1010 WINS: "The original driver of the first vehicle that crashed and left the scene made an admission that ... their intent was to blame it on the ice so they could collect insurance for the vehicle, for the damage to the vehicle." Investigators said Byers was drunk at the time of the crash. "You could actually see the skid marks underneath the water they had just put there, so we knew that they had dumped this water over the top of where he lost control of the vehicle rather than the vehicle losing control on the ice itself," said Proctor. Byers faces charges of DWI, leaving the scene of an accident and disorderly conduct for creating a dangerous condition by purposely icing the intersection, according to NBC 4. Zambenedetti was arrested on DWI charges as well after he failed a sobriety test.

Slip-and-Falls After a Storm

If you live in the tristate area, chances are you've slipped on a patch of ice in the last few months. Most of the time, these slips lead only to minor scrapes and mild embarrassment, but unfortunately there are occasions when more severe injuries occur. Slip-and-falls, especially by the elderly and the very young, can lead to catastrophic and even life-threatening afflictions, such as broken bones, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain damage.

Slip-and-fall injuries common in medical facilities, even for staff

Examples of irony will certainly incorporate this: At medical facilities in New Jersey and across the United States that cater to emergencies, employees themselves are often at risk of getting injured owing to the need for speed in responding to crisis situations and other factors.

Study focuses on patients' fall risks, inadequacy of bed alarms

When it comes to personal injuries suffered by patients in hospitals and nursing homes in New Jersey and throughout the country, emphasis is commonly placed on preventable medical errors -- things like facility negligence, medication errors, hospital-acquired infections and other mistakes that experts say can and routinely should be prevented.

Avoid a fireworks accident this Fourth of July

It's a tradition that is as American as baseball and apple pie: every Fourth of July, families in Bergen County and throughout New Jersey celebrate Independence Day with fireworks. But whether you are lighting sparklers or setting off aerial explosions, fireworks can - and often do - lead to injuries, even when they are used properly. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, children between the ages of 5 and 14 are at the greatest risk for a fireworks-related injury.

How New Jersey businesses can prevent slip-and-fall injuries

Did you know that slip-and-fall injuries account for nearly 9 million emergency room visits in the U.S. every year? Unfortunately, these accidents occur more frequently than most of us realize or would like to believe. And it appears that a large number of these incidents are occurring on the job: according to the U.S. Department of Labor, slip-and-fall injuries are the third largest cause of workplace injuries, causing more than 100 million lost workdays every year.

Jury awards millions in Starbucks slip-and-fall suit

Last month, a jury ordered coffee giant Starbucks to pay several million dollars to a man who suffered lasting brain injuries as a result of a fall on a Starbucks retail store's wet floor in 2008. Starbucks did not dispute the man's slip-and-fall injury or the fact that the company was responsible for it.

Slip-and-fall injuries reported on Black Friday

Several slip-and-fall injuries and violent attacks were reported in a number of stores in New Jersey and throughout the nation on Black Friday. These events caused potential premises liability to retail stores and injury to numerous shoppers desperate for a great retail deal. One attack involved a woman who allegedly pepper sprayed fellow Wal-Mart shoppers as she attempted to grab an Xbox game console that was on discount.

Wal-Mart ordered to pay $10 million in slip-and-fall case

Earlier this month, a state appeals court ordered Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., to pay $10 million to a truck driver who suffered severe injuries while making a delivery to a Wal-Mart retail store. Wal-Mart appealed the initial verdict, denying that it was responsible for the truck driver's injury, but the appellate court affirmed the verdict.