For most New Jersey children, the new school year starts in a matter of weeks, so families who are hoping to squeeze in one last summer adventure had better do it soon. And as the cost of airplane tickets remains high, many families will turn to a great American tradition: the road trip.
In the past 18 months, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority has agreed to settlements in seven personal injury cases, amounting to a total liability of approximately $1 million. The causes of action ranged from slip and fall injuries to wrongful death to violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. According to Turnpike Authority officials, the number and wide range of cases filed against it is to be expected, given the size of the agency.
Last week, a group of 100 New Jersey high school students gathered at Rutgers University for the state's first Teen Safe Driving Summit. Organized and carried out by a group of students, the summit aimed to reduce car accidents by educating students on safe driving techniques. In addition, organizers hoped to empower attendees to establish educational programs on safe driving at their home schools.
On 10:49 p.m. on July 12, a three-car collision occurred at Kennedy Boulevard and St. Pauls Avenue. A pedestrian was struck so hard by one of the cars that his body damaged a cast-iron drainpipe on the nearby building he was slammed into. His lifeless body then fell and was impaled on a spiked wrought-iron fence.
Three people died and three more suffered serious injuries when a sport utility vehicle was involved in a single-car crash on the Garden State Parkway earlier this week. The SUV contained five members of a Staten Island family, as well as two additional family friends. New Jersey police are not yet sure what caused the fatal accident, but are continuing to investigate the crash.
One out of every five people killed in a traffic-related in New Jersey over the last decade was a pedestrian, according to a new national study. Such pedestrian accidents accounted for 21 percent of total traffic deaths for the years 2000 to 2009, with minority and elderly populations making up a disproportionate majority of those killed in car crashes in those years.
Although it hasn't been in the news much lately, the caffeine-laced alcoholic energy drink Four Loko continues to cause pain and suffering for families in New Jersey and throughout the United States. The parents of a 15-year-old boy who was killed in a Four Loko-related car accident recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturer of the beverage, claiming that it was responsible for the death of their young son.
Last week, a New Jersey police officer suffered serious injuries after his police cruiser collided with another vehicle as he was responding to a police call. Both the officer and the other driver suffered serious injuries in the car accident, but they are expected to make a full recovery. The reason for the accident remains under investigation.
A New Jersey woman is dead following a tragic bus accident in Virginia earlier this week. The fatal accident is one in a line of several similar crashes in New Jersey and throughout the East, again calling into question the bus companies' safety standards and the federal government's regulation of them.
Although many New Jersey residents (and most Americans, for that matter) do not rush to claim the stars of MTV's "Jersey Shore" as their own, it is somehow still newsworthy when one of the cast members runs into trouble with the law. This is the case with the ubiquitous Snooki, who is believed to have caused a car accident in Florence, Italy, where the cast is currently filming its fourth season of the popular reality show.