After a hit-and-run accident took the lives of two New Jersey residents, police investigators had little evidence with which to locate and apprehend the unknown driver. However, after some dedicated detective work and a little bit of luck, the police located and arrested the suspect a few days ago, hopefully providing some closure to the families of the crash victims.
Pedestrians who walk along older state highways are at a greater risk of being fatally struck by a motor vehicle, according to a new report. This increased pedestrian accident rate is present even on streets with sidewalks, indicating that New Jersey transportation need to do more to make streets safer for walkers and bicyclists.
In 2005, a 16-year-old New Jersey teenager was paralyzed from the chest down in a single-car crash when the vehicle in which she was a passenger slammed into a telephone pole. A police investigation later revealed that road rage was responsible for the car accident. After being cut off by another vehicle, the driver of the car in which the girl was a passenger began speeding and weaving through traffic, and ultimately crashed the car.
When a Jersey City man made the decision to get high on drugs and then get behind the wheel, he set in motion a series of events that would alter the lives of two New Jersey families forever. Driving well over the speed limit, the man crashed his sport-utility vehicle into a taxi, causing that vehicle to catch fire and pushing it onto the sidewalk directly into a pedestrian. When all was said and done, two men were dead. The man responsible for the accident walked away uninjured.
A New Jersey woman was killed this week following a bizarre accident in which a dump truck carrying a full load of sand toppled onto its side on top of the woman's SUV, trapping her inside as sand spilled inside and over her vehicle.
In August 2009, a New Jersey man with a suspended license was driving recklessly near Bergen County when his and another vehicle crossed the median and collided with oncoming traffic, killing two people and injuring three others. Last week, the man pleaded guilty to causing death and serious bodily injury while driving with a suspended license in exchange for a decreased sentence.
Although we are just a few days into 2012, the New Jersey State Police is likely already setting its agenda for the new year: determining why there were so many car accident deaths lasts year, and figuring out how to lower that number in the coming year.
Earlier this year, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended that state lawmakers enact bans of cell phone use in semi trucks, buses, and other commercial vehicles. Now, the NTSB has expanded its previous recommendation, asking for a universal ban of cell phone use of any kind in every vehicle on the road. This will hopefully reduce and ultimately eliminate car accidents caused by distracted driving, officials say.
Numerous recent studies have concluded that car accidents are one of the leading causes of death for teenagers. As a result, state and federal traffic safety agencies have been working to lower the risk of car accident injuries and fatalities to teenage drivers by increasing the driving experience and skill that is required to get a driver's license.
Earlier this week, five people were injured in a massive collision between a dump truck and eight cars in Riverdale, approximately 20 miles from Bergen County. Although the truck accident did not result in any life-threatening injuries, police department officials say it is just one more example of the increase in accidents in the borough since the department's traffic officers were eliminated in April.