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.
In New Jersey and throughout the country, plaintiffs are filing lawsuits against shoe manufacturers Skechers U.S.A. Inc., claiming that the company's Shape-Ups shoes have caused them serious injury. According to the products liability lawsuits, the shape of the shoes causes a substantial risk of falling and causing serious injury.
In a new release from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency reports that over 200,000 people are treated in U.S. emergency rooms every year due to falls in public or private bathrooms. These incidents can lead to serious slip and fall injuries and premises liability lawsuits. However, in its report, the CDC states that bathroom injuries are completely preventable, and gives tips for making bathrooms safer.
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.
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.
Earlier this week, a chain-reaction accident involving one car and seven tractor-trailers plugged up the New Jersey Turnpike in both directions for several hours. The massive truck accident began when a lone tractor-trailer broke down and stopped in the southbound center lane near the Hightstown exit.
On September 24, 2007, Betty and Vic Dubinen received a call from a friend of their daughter, Sara, asking how Sara was faring after her car accident. Not knowing what the friend was talking about, the Dubinens called the police department and local hospitals. They soon learned that Sara had been in a serious car accident, that she was in critical condition, and that hospital staff had been trying to locate her parents for over an hour.
The traffic congestion, merging speeds, and high car accident rates at southern New Jersey's Interstate 295 interchange at I-76 and Route 42 have been a point of contention between drivers and the New Jersey Department of Transportation for decades. Now, after years of studies and proposals, the NJDOT has pledged to fix the problem.
Last weekend, a three-vehicle accident occurred on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey, taking the life of one man and injuring two others. Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash.
The purchase and use of fireworks is illegal in New Jersey and border state Pennsylvania. However, the explosives are a large part of the Fourth of July celebrations of people in both states. This is partially because of an ambiguity in Pennsylvania law that allows fireworks to be sold in the state if the buyer immediately takes them across the Pennsylvania border and into a neighboring state.