After a fatal accident on New Jersey highways, the police investigate the scene before preparing a report. However, they don't want to close off in-demand highways for long, so they generally conduct this investigation and clean up quickly. Much of the investigation goes on in the days, weeks and even months following the car accident.
A 21-year old New Jersey woman was killed when the car she was driving collided with a police car during the recent hurricane. The auto accident occurred in Port Jefferson when the car went through a stop light and collided with the police vehicle. The driver was killed, and her three passengers were injured and taken to the hospital for treatment. The police officer inside the car was also taken to the hospital and subsequently released. An investigation of the incident is still ongoing, but police confirmed that the traffic light near where the accident occurred was not working at the time of the accident. At the time of the accident, the police car was returning from a call related to the storm.
When a loved one dies in a workplace accident, the financial consequences to the survivors can be devastating. A New Jersey family may be dealing with this issue now. A recent dump truck crash on the New Jersey turnpike killed the dump truck's driver and caused massive delays to local traffic. The accident occurred when the driver accidentally veered into a barrier beneath a freeway overpass. According to police investigators, the accident may have been caused by a tire blow-out. The truck hit a barrier on the side of the road and turned over, sliding across the road and starting on fire. As a result of the crash, the truck caught fire, and the driver's body was so badly burned that a police autopsy had to be performed before the man could be publicly identified. Fortunately, nobody else was hurt and no other vehicles were damaged as a result of the accident.
Accidents involving motor vehicles can vary a great deal in severity; some individuals walk away without a scrape, while others do not walk away at all. No matter the circumstances, the friends and family of fatal accident victims are deeply hurt by their loss, and in many cases, a crash is followed by a civil claim for damages.
Every morning during the school year, students in New Jersey make their way to class. Those who are too young to drive sometimes use the bus; others who are old enough to drive may get to drive themselves. Parents and students alike expect to arrive at their destinations safely. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and car accidents are too often the cause.
Lawmakers in Trenton are trying to make it easier to prosecute drivers whose hand-held cell phone use resulted in injuries or death. The Senate Law and Public Safety Committee unanimously voted in favor of advancing the bill toward passage into law. The purpose of the legislation is to deter cell phone use while driving and effectively prevent car accidents.
According to statistics provided by New Jersey's Office of the Attorney General, 30 percent of all fatal car accidents in our state involve alcohol. That number is staggering. To honor loved ones who lost their lives to drunk driving, New Jersey families and officials recently gathered in Trenton for the second annual New Jersey Remembers ceremony.
Previously, we've discussed how negligence too often plays a role in personal injury and wrongful death. But sometimes the determination of fault in a fatal accident has to go beyond the initial police report. In fact, families in New Jersey sometimes have to seek help in accident reconstruction after the tragic death of a loved one. Such efforts aid victims' families in deciding whether a wrongful death claim is a viable option in the wake of a fatal accident.
It's probably no surprise to Mt. Laurel readers that underage drinkers are far more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than sober drivers in the same age group. A recent study published in the May issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs emphasizes the fact that age, alcohol and driving distractions play a significant role in fatal car accidents on the road. Is there a need for drunk driving and distracted driving prevention programs in New Jersey schools? The results of recent studies suggest so.
A devastating accident between a dump truck and a school bus has sparked what is expected to be a year-long investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. The fatal accident happened in Burlington County, where one family in Chesterfield is grieving the tragic loss of an 11-year-old triplet.