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Stay safe while you ride your motorcycle in New Jersey

Motorcyclists have every right to be on the roads, but unfortunately, dangerous and neglectful drivers cause numerous accidents each year. According to the State of New Jersey's Department of Law & Public Safety, motorcycle fatalities are on the rise, and that means it's becoming more dangerous to ride the vehicle you love.

In 2012, there were 76 motorcycle crashes involving 81 motorcycles in New Jersey. Out of the crashes, there were 78 fatalities, one of whom was a pedestrian struck in the crashes. In 2011, there had been 97 fatalities, so for that one year, the number of fatalities had finally dropped. What's interesting is that in if you're in a motorcycle crash in New Jersey, you have a 75 percent chance of being injured and having head injuries, road rash, broken bones or other related issues.

Compensation options after a hit-and-run accident in New Jersey

As a victim of a hit-and-run accident, it's important for you to get the right help. You have the right to compensation for your injuries that could help you pay for medical costs and future needs. If your loved one was killed in an accident, then you may be able to obtain money for funeral costs and other needs.

Hit-and-run car accidents aren't acceptable. When someone causes an accident, he or she needs to stay at the scene and give a report. The fact that he or she struck you and left you without even seeing if you were alright makes this kind of incident one of the worst to deal with. If you were run off the road or struck by a car as a pedestrian, then it's your right to make the person responsible pay for his or her actions.

What are the rules for drivers and pedestrians in New Jersey?

Motorists in New Jersey have to stop for pedestrians in marked crosswalks. If they don't, a pedestrian could be seriously injured or even killed. In addition, drivers who do not stop subjected to a $200 fine on top of court costs and could end up causing a pedestrian accident. They will also receive two points on their licenses. It's possible that drivers will have to complete 15 days of community service for breaking the law, and they will have insurance surcharges on top of that.

When a driver comes up to a pedestrian crossing within a crosswalk, he has to stop and stay stopped until the pedestrian has passed. Motorists also cannot block a crosswalk, making it impossible for a pedestrian to pass through it safely. In the case that the pedestrian is not in a marked crosswalk but at an intersection, the driver must yield as well. There are certain circumstances where a driver may not have time to yield, like if a pedestrian steps off a curb in front of the driver and in those instances, the driver may not be held accountable.

Man killed in New Jersey accident along Garden State Parkway

As a construction worker, you face dangers every day. If you work at night and on the roadways, dangerous and tired drivers are of particular concern. This case involved someone who rammed his vehicle through a construction zone; unfortunately, that left one worker injured and another dead.

A construction worker was recently killed in an accident when a car crashed into the construction site where he was working on the Garden State Parkway. Reports have shown that the 45-year-old man was struck along with a coworker. The 45-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Accident kills 1, leaves 2 injured in New Jersey farmer's market

Car accidents can lead to a lot of devastation, especially if a car plows through a populated pedestrian area like in this story. A recent crash in New Jersey killed a woman and two other people who were pedestrians at a local farmer's market. A 48-year-old man was driving the vehicle that police have reported caused the incident. He has been charged with vehicular homicide as well as for leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident that resulted in death.

The accident took place around 2:12 p.m. At that time, the man drove his pickup truck off the road, through a barricade and into a group of three people. One of the people, a woman, was dragged under his vehicle for three blocks. The woman was 58 years old.

Pedestrian with right-of-way hit and injured in New Jersey

Pedestrian accidents happen for a number of reasons, but when it's due to a driver not paying attention to the road in front of him, that's a cause for concern. This crash is a good example of how it's important for drivers to maintain a visual of pedestrians looking to cross the road. This driver didn't, and that led to a pedestrian accident.

A recent crash in New Jersey sent on pedestrian to the hospital after being struck by a car. Interestingly, police have been investigating this crash and determined that the pedestrian had the right of way at the time of the accident. He was reportedly in a crosswalk when he was struck and injured. Despite this, the driver has had no charges placed against him.

Man pleads guilty to killing New Jersery officer in accident

In July of 2012, a Millville, New Jersey, police officer had been on the job for two weeks when he was killed in a car accident. The man responsible for the accident was allegedly drunk at the time of the crash.

The 25-year-old man had originally pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated assault and aggravated manslaughter -- both charges that also contained the criminal element of eluding the police.

New Jersey borough removes 30 dangerous trees

While many premises liability lawsuits may revolve around things that happen within a building, it is important for people in New Jersey to understand exactly how the laws can pertain to anything that happens on the property in general. For example, they should know that falling tree limbs, which may not have been groomed properly, could bring them to premises liability lawsuits even if a person never sets foot in the structure that they own. They need to take care of the property as a whole.

Hurricane Sandy raised awareness on the east coast for things like this, and the city council in Glen Rock Borough has been looking at steps that can be taken to keep people safe in the area. One move that they have recently made is to get in touch with a local contractor to have entire trees removed from the borough's land. The trees, which have been deemed unsafe, are on a number of properties out on Glen and Hazelhurst avenues.

Worker struck by a vehicle on New Jersey Turnpike dies

This tragic accident in New Jersey resulted in the death of a highway maintenance worker. If you're a highway worker, you may know that in these cases, your family has a right to seek damages for their loss. In tragedies like this one, money isn't usually the first thing on families' minds, but it can help with medical costs and funeral bills in this time of need.

This updated report from July 10 states that the victim of the fatal accident on the New Jersey Turnpike in Kearny was a 32-year-old man. The man killed had reportedly been employed with the state since March 2001. The Garfield man was completing routine work late one morning when he parked his vehicle on the shoulder of the turnpike's northbound western spur to remove tire debris from the highway.

Landscaping companies to register with New Jersey councils, state

Imagine going to work and doing your best for weeks, months or even years on end. Then, you have an accident. It's only then you find out that your employer wasn't legitimate; they had never gotten workers' compensation insurance. If you have a work accident, it's important to know that you'll be covered. That's what a council is attempting to make sure of for landscapers in New Jersey.

Previously, landscapers didn't need to register with the township. They didn't even have to acknowledge getting information from the state. That's about to change, and it could prevent you from being taken advantage of at work. Now, commercial landscapers have to acknowledge receipts of a copy of Princeton's leaf, branch and law program, along with the information on New Jersey State wage hour laws. Workers' compensation insurance laws are also part of the paperwork that companies need to receive.


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