In a recent car insurance commercial, a character named "Mayhem" portrays the role of the vehicle's GPS navigation system. As the GPS, the actor screams out directions, then changes his instructions at the last second, causing the driver to panic and drive into several nearby vehicles, causing a massive car accident. This may seem like a comical way to illustrate the need for good car insurance, but for one New Jersey woman, it is likely hitting too close to home after her GPS system directed her right into a head-on collision.
As states across the country face record budget deficits, many Americans have seen their property taxes rise to fund necessary city-provided services like road maintenance, education, and emergency services. Even with those property tax increases, cities have continued to struggle with their finances and have become resourceful in order to meet their bottom line. One common proposal in cities across the country has been the implementation of a crash tax, which would impose fees on those involved in car accidents to help pay for emergency police and fire response and accident clean-up. Not surprisingly, a recent poll found that the majority of Americans oppose such crash taxes.
When a car accident victim files a lawsuit seeking damages for life-altering injuries received in a crash, there are often many defending parties named in the suit: drivers, vehicle and auto parts manufacturers, state transportation officials, or any of a number of others. A South Hackensack bar is finding itself as one such defendant after it was found 20 percent responsible for the severe injuries sustained by a New Jersey man based on New Jersey dram shop laws.
As snow blankets New Jersey and surrounding states yet again during this record-breaking winter, New Jersey residents and state officials once more find themselves dealing with snow removal, flight cancellations, slippery roads and sidewalks, and any of the many headaches that come with heavy snowfall. With a newly announced defective product recall, however, one additional consideration has now been added to the list for Ford Windstar owners.
Last week we discussed the growing phenomenon of lawsuit lenders and their potentially harmful effects on unaware personal injury plaintiffs who find themselves owing lenders a significant part of their eventual settlement check. Because lenders designate themselves as investors or financers, they remain out of the realm of state or federal regulation of lenders, which is how they are able to charge exorbitantly high interest rates (up to 100 percent) and withhold information from plaintiffs.
When Larry Long suffered a stroke due to his consumption of prescription pain medication Vioxx, it resulted in significant harm, both physical and financial. He became dangerously close to foreclosure while waiting for a settlement from a class-action lawsuit, and had to explore his diminishing options until he could receive the money he knew was coming. He decided to take out a loan from lawsuit lender Oasis Legal Finance in the amount of $9,150 to tide him over until his settlement came through. When he finally received his settlement of $27,000 a mere 18 months later, Long found himself owing Oasis over $23,000.
In April 2010, an off-duty Andover Township police officer was driving his pick-up truck on Route 80 in New Jersey after picking up a friend at Newark International Airport. Near Mount Olive, the officer suddenly lost control of his vehicle while on a downward slope. He hit a guardrail and his truck overturned. The officer and one of his three passengers were killed in the car accident, and the other two passengers suffered serious injuries but ultimately survived.
It appears that Toyota's legal troubles will not end anytime soon. In September, just over one year after a tragic car accident took the lives of an off-duty police officer and three of his family members, Toyota settled a lawsuit with the family of the deceased. Although the details of the settlement were kept under wraps for several months, it was recently revealed that Toyota agreed to pay the family $10 million.
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.