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September 2011 Archives

North Bergin car accident kills high school senior

Car accidents often take the life of young people unexpectedly. Such occurrences, taking the life of the victim in their prime, are always tragic. A 16-year-old high school senior died in a North Bergen, New Jersey car accident on Sept. 22. According to sources, she had been riding in the passenger seat of a car that collided with a tree and a utility pole located close to 75th Street on West Side Avenue.

Eight hospitalized after near deadly Ridgewood traffic collision

Police are investigating a traffic collision that occurred late Saturday night at the intersection of North Pleasant and East Ridgewood avenues. According to witnesses, the driver of a blue Scion lost control of the vehicle while speeding along East Ridgewood. After careening into a yard, the car struck a fire box and bush before crashing into a minivan waiting at a red light on North Pleasant Avenue. Several of the injured people were admitted to Hackensack University Medical Center immediately following the car accident.

New Jersey waitress killed in traffic accident involving distracted driver

Irina Alekseeva, a 28-year-old Malibu Diner waitress from New Jersey was killed in a traffic accident involving an Amcare van. According to police at the scene, the accident occurred when Alekseeva attempted to cross 14th Street, but was struck by an Amcare Driver who was distracted as he "reached for a clipboard." At the time of the accident, the driver of the van was also transporting a patient - an 89-year-old woman from Hoboken. Both the driver and the patient were admitted to the Jersey City Medical Center.

Slip and fall plaintiff may submit expert testimony after appeal

Our Hackensack readers may be interested in a recent appeal out of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta. The case demonstrates something of the evidentiary issues that can arise when a slip and fall case is taken to trial. The Eleventh Circuit Court ruled last week that a plaintiff who injured herself after slipping and falling on a cruise ship may submit expert testimony on the issue of whether the ship's flooring surface was adequately slip resistant.

Allstate releases best drivers report

According to Allstate's annual "America's Best Driver's Report," individuals living in smaller towns get into fewer car crashes than individuals living in larger cities. At the gut level, this makes sense. The more drivers on the road, the more opportunities there are for a crash to take place.

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