In March, 17 people were killed and several more injured in two bus accidents in New Jersey and New York. Those fatal accidents began a serious of accidents involving tour buses and cheap curbside bus companies, many of which were operating despite numerous safety violations and a lack of inspection and approval from federal transportation authorities.
A jury recently ruled that a popular toy store franchise failed to examine the safety of one of the products in its store, and was to blame for the fatal injury that the product caused. The store was ordered to pay $20.6 million in a recent products liability lawsuit that was filed by the family of a woman who died when sliding down an inflatable pool slide that ultimately collapsed.
If you have been to a government building today, you may be wondering why the flag in front of it is flying at half staff. Earlier this week, Gov. Chris Christie ordered that all state institutions to lower their flags to half staff in honor of a New Jersey police officer who was killed during a car accident involving a driver who was under the influence of a controlled substance.
According to a recent report from the New Jersey State Police, there were 556 deaths on New Jersey roads in 2010. While this is an inexcusably high number, there is one bright spot: the number of car accident fatalities in 2010 was the lowest since the 1940s.
After a massive tractor-trailer crash took the lives of 11 people in 2010, members of the National Transportation Safety Board are taking action. In hopes to prevent future fatal truck accidents, the NTSB is recommending a ban on all cellphone use behind the wheel of tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, buses, and other commercial vehicles.
Graduated driver licensing programs for young drivers may have unintended negative consequences, according to a recent study based on data released by the American Medical Association (AMA). Such programs are intended to reduce car accidents among teenage drivers. They ease new drivers from restricted licensing into full licensing. The study finds that states with the most restrictive laws showed fewer fatal accidents among 16 and 17 year-old drivers, but more accidents for 18 and 19 year olds.
Last month, we wrote about the tragic car crash that took the lives of four members of a New Jersey high school football team. In the wake of that fatal car accident, state lawmakers may be looking to strengthen the state's graduated driver's license law.
Last week, more than a dozen people were injured following a collision between a tour bus and two trucks on the New Jersey Turnpike. The bus accident is the second such crash on the Turnpike this year. However, unlike the first, the most recent accident does not appear to be the result of the safety deficiencies of the tour bus company or driver. Although police continue to investigate the New Jersey accident, they currently believe that it was just that - an accident.
Earlier this week, a New Jersey police officer lost his life in a tragic motorcycle accident. The officer, who was a member of the police force in Hamilton Township, approximately 70 miles south of Bergen County, was not on duty when the fatal motorcycle crash occurred.
Usually, when high school students, parents and supporters gather at a New Jersey high school, they do so to cheer on a school sports team, see a school play, or support another academic or extracurricular achievement. And this is how it should be. Young people should gather to celebrate their accomplishments, not to mourn fellow students who have been taken much too soon.