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November 2014 Archives

Violent pedestrian crash attributed to hit-and-run driver

On Nov. 14, two pedestrians in northern New Jersey were injured during a hit-and-run accident, according to authorities. The pedestrians, ages 11 and 20, received emergency transport to hospitals for treatment of their injuries, which officials depicted as critical. The younger pedestrian reportedly suffered damage to his brain.

Dangers of cell phone use while driving in New Jersey

Using a cell phone to send or receive text messages while driving can be dangerous. According to research, distracted driving was to blame in 18 percent of all fatal accidents in 2010. A total of 3,092 people were killed, and 416,000 people were injured in such accidents according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Further research by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute shows that texting while driving is even riskier than generally driving while distracted.

Recent Truck Accidents May Lead to Increased Regulations

Commercial vehicles and trucks pose a significant threat on the roadways, not only because of their sheer size and weight but also because their drivers are asked to work long hours under frequently extreme conditions. If a truck driver drifts out of consciousness, even for a second, an accident can cause devastating damage and significant injuries or death. With numerous high profile and tragic truck accidents in the news lately, the laws regulating truck drivers have understandably come under fire in an effort to better protect other travelers.

New Jersey rollover accidents

When people are involved in motor vehicle accidents in New Jersey, there is always the risk of serious personal injury or even death as a result. When the accident involves a rollover, the risks are even higher. Of all fatal accidents, 30 percent involve a rollover of an involved vehicle even though rollover crashes account for only about 3 percent of all serious crashes.

New Jersey crash between car and school bus injures 4

Authorities say that around 3 p.m. on Nov. 11, the 26-year-old driver of a northbound car overcompensated on a curve in the road in Princeton, striking the front left side of a southbound mini school bus. The impact caused severe damage to both vehicles, and the bus flipped onto its right side.

New Jersey's Dram Shop Act Can Make You Responsible for Serving Alcohol at Your Party

It has long been recognized that the selling and serving of alcohol is privilege and not a right. That is why businesses in the liquor industry must apply for a license and undergo constant regulation to ensure they are meeting established standards of conduct. While it is widely understood that bars and restaurants can be held legally responsible for the over-consumption of alcohol by their customers, what many are unaware of is that, under New Jersey law, any individual acting as a social host can also suffer significant legal penalties for over-serving guests. Anytime alcohol is involved with a social function, the host must be wary of the legal consequences of allowing guests to consume too much alcohol such as DWI accidents.

Woman critically injured in motorcycle accident

A New Jersey woman has been critically injured in a collision between her motorcycle and another vehicle in Vineland. She was reportedly thrown from the motorcycle before being hit by a second vehicle. No other people were reported to have been injured in the wreck. According to police, the accident occurred around 2:42 on Oct. 29.

Products Liability Cases Lead to $1 Billion Settlement

Victims of defective hip implants are finally receiving compensation for their injuries after five months of mediation and negotiations recently came to an end. Just last week, a $1 billion settlement was announced in the products liability lawsuits against Stryker Corporation, the maker of the defective Rejuvenate and ABG II hip replacement devices that were installed in thousands of people across the country. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, payouts should begin in the summer of 2015. The total payouts are not strictly limited to $1 billion figure, however. Stryker can end up paying out much more than that depending on the number of claims filed, and the actual figure is expected to exceed $1.4 billion.

Truck drivers limited to federal hours of service

Pennsylvania resident might be interested to learn that truckers are explicitly limited in how much driving they can do each day. In 2011, the federal government published a Final Rule for truck drivers' hours of service, mandating that commercial drivers operate no more than 11 hours daily and work a total of 14 hours each day.

Fatal New Jersey accident caused by speeding

A Monmouth County prosecutor claims that speeding was the cause of three deaths in a car accident that occurred on Aug. 19 in Freehold. The crash happened at approximately 4 p.m. on Kozloski Road. The 19-year-old man who caused the crash and two others were killed in the incident. According to reports, the driver was headed south on Kozloski Road in a Volkswagen Jetta when he crossed into the oncoming lanes on the northbound side. The vehicle drifted into the slow lane and collided with a Honda Pilot.

Don't Let Social Media Doom Your Civil Suit

Discussing your personal injury case on social media is a misguided undertaking that can lead only to disappointment and frustration for you and your attorney. Social media websites have become incredibly popular and now exist as the primary platform for individuals to voice their opinions and share the details of their daily lives. While these websites are great outlets for connecting with one another and the world at large, when it comes to the courtroom they have only created headaches and problems for those that openly discuss their cases, accidents, or injuries. Whenever anyone becomes involved in a case, or even contemplates bringing a claim, they must be wary of the pitfalls of social media. In this technological age, if a party's dirty laundry is published for the world to see then it will most likely be used against them in the courtroom, even if it is a lie or an exaggeration.

What is considered religious discrimination?

New Jersey residents may wonder what constitutes religious discrimination and what requirements employers must follow to safeguard employees from discrimination in the workplace. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission states that an employer must accommodate the religious practices or beliefs of an employee in a reasonable manner as long as it doesn't impact the business more than minimally.

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