What started as a tractor-trailer's mechanical failure ended with a multi-car pileup that took the lives of two people on the New Jersey Turnpike early Christmas Eve morning. According to New Jersey police, the multiple car accident occurred when two wheels flew off the tractor-trailer into traffic, causing a nearby vehicle to crash into another. When a passenger in that vehicle got out to inspect the damage, he was struck by another car and killed. And when that driver exited his vehicle to help, he met the same fate.
After the shocking photos of a freak car accident involving a Montana guard rail were splashed all over the Internet, drivers across the country began to question the safety of their state's guard rail systems. The accident took place when a driver dozed off behind the wheel and hit the front end of the rail head on. The rail cut through the passenger-side headlight and impaled the driver's SUV, which stopped with 25 feet of rail extending out the vehicle's back side. Although the driver miraculously escaped with no injuries, law enforcement said that if there had been a passenger in the vehicle, he most likely would have been killed.
In 2008, a New Jersey man was injured during an arrest by New Jersey state troopers. He died a week later. Now, the man's father has filed a lawsuit against several New Jersey departments and individuals alleging that law enforcement officers caused his son's wrongful death and seeking damages to compensate for the death and for the alleged violation of his civil rights. However, following a criminal investigation, all officers involved with the 2008 arrest have been declared not responsible for the man's death, so the father may have a difficult road ahead as he pursues the lawsuit.
As any family with a loved one in a nursing home is well aware, it can be difficult to monitor the care situation from a distance or when visiting in short increments. Therefore, nursing home neglect is not easy to identify or stop. This inevitably leads to many lawsuits by residents and family members against nursing homes. After a recent New Jersey appellate court decision, however, plaintiffs may be limited in their available courses of action against negligent nursing homes.
As research continues into drowsy driving, more is learned about the dangers of operating a motor vehicle while sleep deprived. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one in every six fatal motor vehicle accidents is caused by a fatigue-impaired driver. Because of these risks and in response to the lack of public knowledge about this dangerous trend, this week has been declared Drowsy Driving Prevention Week across the country.
This week, approximately 150 New Jersey high school students were on a field trip when they were involved in a serious bus accident. According to reports, the brakes of one of the four buses carrying the students allegedly failed, causing two buses to collide. One of the bus drivers and ten students suffered injuries requiring them to be taken to area hospitals.
Last month, an amended law went into effect which requires drivers to remove all snow and ice from their vehicles before driving on New Jersey roads. Officials say that taking just a few minutes to clear the hazardous material could avoid a car accident, property damage, injuries, and death.
After a jury concluded that two New Jersey agencies took too long to respond to a multi-car pileup, a woman who lost her leg in the car accident was awarded almost $9 million.
Although this shocking story did not take place in New Jersey, it is a worst-case scenario of the kind of nursing home negligence that can occur if residents and their families do not remain vigilant about the home's facilities and level of care.
When a drunk driver causes a car accident, most people place the blame squarely on that driver. However, what if the driver got drunk at a bar, and was visibly intoxicated when the bartender allowed him to get in his vehicle and drive away? Should the driver be allowed to recover from the bar?