Recently, a judge in Westfield, New Jersey, suspended the sentences for two elderly men involved in a hit-and-run that left a 68-year-old hospice nurse dead. The alcohol-related accident allegedly occurred when the two men struck the woman while she tended to an injured pedestrian. The two men admitted to drinking before the accident at a local Knights of Columbus Hall. The victim had struck a pedestrian with her car shortly before the accident, and had gone out to help him when she was hit by the two men. The woman died at the hospital from her injuries from the accident. Both men stopped after the accident, but one left before police arrived and he was charged with hit and run.
A Magnolia, New Jersey, man sustained serious injuries recently when a car plowed straight into the motorcycle he was riding. The car accident occurred when the car, which was traveling at a very high speed, struck the motorcycle, which was stopped in traffic at a red light. The motorcyclist was struck with such force that his helmet shattered when he hit the ground. Also, the motorcycle's right front wheel assembly was taken off by the collision.
Mount Laurel readers may take interest in the details of a head-on traffic collision that recently took place in Mannington on Aug. 5. The crash involved a New Jersey transit bus and a sedan driven by an elderly woman. Eight people were reported injured in the auto accident, although there were no reports of any life-threatening injuries.
Recently, a New Jersey State Trooper from Spring Lake Heights was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol when he allegedly struck two parked cars, crashed his vehicle into a creek and then fled the scene of the accident. The trooper was off-duty at the time of the car accident. The car was found backed into a creek, and the police officer in question was arrested at his home. Luckily, no one was injured, although one of the cars was severely damaged.
One of the most serious dangers to motorists in New Jersey and across the country is the threat of distracted drivers, or drivers who are texting or talking on their handheld cell phones. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2010 over 416,000 people were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver, and 3,092 people were killed in such accidents. Eighteen percent of all roadside injuries reported that year involved a distracted driver.
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.
Lawsuits are common after automobile accidents, especially when it is shown that one of the drivers was reckless or negligent. In such situations, car accident victims seek compensation for their injuries, as well as for lost wages, medical expenses and any pain and suffering that may have resulted from a crash.
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.
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.