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2 injured in tractor-trailer crash in New Jersey

If you've been keeping an eye on the news in New Jersey, you may have heard about this accident that resulted in two people being injured. A tractor-trailer was recently involved in a crash on Jan. 20 after it collided with a car on Route 287 southbound. The report, covered with the help of a State Police spokesman, stated that the truck tipped over following the impact, eventually rolling down an embankment.

The crash took place at approximately 4 p.m. According to police, the tractor-trailer had been changing lanes when it struck a 2008 Nissan Altima. The tractor-trailer was traveling in the left lane and was switching the center lane when it struck the Altima, which was already in the center lane. The impact forced the semi off the road and into a guardrail. From there, it tipped over and rolled down an embankment where it eventually struck a tree and stopped.

What are some pedestrian accident statistics?

Data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation focusing on 2011 has been one of the most recent fully fleshed out records of pedestrian accidents in the United States. The data, which was released late in 2013, shows that 4,432 people were killed and around 69,000 people were injured in pedestrian accidents in 2011 alone. The statistics prove that on average, one person was killed every two hours in one of these accidents, while one person was injured very eight minutes in traffic crashes.

What is a pedestrian as defined by the U.S. government? Pedestrians are any people who walk on foot, run, jog, hike, sit or lay down and are then involved in a motor vehicle accident. These crashes in the report don't include those that took place on private property, like parking lots or driveways, so consider that when you look at the statistics.

Taxi accident? Get the compensation you need in New Jersey

As a passenger in a taxi or a person in another vehicle that is struck by one, you may be in shock that the driver was so careless. The driver was in charge of transporting people and keeping them safe. Sadly, the reputation taxi drivers earned as being careless isn't always undeserved.

There are many examples of times when a taxi driver may cause an accident that you could claim for. For instance, if you're struck by a taxi that has quickly changed lanes and sideswiped your car or hit you as a pedestrian, you would be able to seek compensation for your injuries. Another example of poor driving that could be claimed for would be if the taxi driver pulls away before you're fully out of his vehicle, resulting in you being struck by the car or falling on the pavement.

Pedestrian accident results in death of a woman in New Jersey

If you've ever witnessed a fatal car accident or known someone who has been through one, then you are aware of how quickly the accident can happen and result in a death. This has been true in New Jersey, where one person crossing the road has been killed by a driver.

A resident of Matawan was involved in a fatal accident, according to a report from Dec. 30. The resident was killed while crossing at an intersection, drawing questions about the safety of the roads and the condition of the driver at the time of the accident.

Liability and your office party in New Jersey

During the holiday season, planning office parties is par for the course. Did you know that you could be held accountable for any injuries or damages caused at one if it's on your premises, though? Because of that, there are a few tips you should consider.

Are you supplying alcohol at the office party? If you are, then you may want to consider having your party outside the company grounds. This helps because the premises liability will be with the location where you hold the party instead of with your company. Additionally, consider having a drink ticket system or designated person who can drive intoxicated employees home. In New Jersey, an employer acting as a host can be held liable for injuries to third parties if you serve alcohol to an obviously intoxicated individual; make sure you have enough liability insurance for your own company and be sure the location where you've hired a bar also has liability insurance coverage.

New Jersey man faces up to 30 years for death of motorcyclist

A motorcycle accident is more likely to result in injuries or a death than a passenger vehicle accident, but that's only if you are hit. Drivers need to be aware of motorcyclists and follow the rules of the road. When they don't, people's lives can be at stake.

A man in New Jersey has been indicted for the death of a man from New Hampshire. A Dec. 12 article reports that a grand jury has indicted the New Jersey man on manslaughter charges for the death of the 43-year-old man who he hit in a motorcycle accident. The 53-year-old man is accused of being under the influence at the time of the accident. The indictment claims that his blood alcohol content was .08.

Slipping and falling in winter: Your rights in New Jersey

The winter months are here, and that means there's going to be ice and snow all around you. Most stores and communities take the time and effort to clear roads, lay down salt, and make sure clients know if an icy patch hasn't yet dissolved. These things all help you avoid being injured and hurting yourself; even a simple fall can lead to serious, life-long injuries or death.

After you slip and fall on ice, you may be asking yourself what to do next. Is the company you were shopping at liable? Is your neighbor responsible for failing to de-ice the stairs you had to walk on? Were the roads icy, causing you to slip in a crosswalk and get injured, and if so, is the city liable? There are many situations that can result in you suffering, and in most of them, you should be able to seek compensation for those injuries.

Pedestrian accidents: Drivers getting away without punishment

If you've been in a pedestrian accident or know someone else who has been, then you may know how horrible it feels when the negligent driver gets away without being punished. This Dec. 3 report discusses how as many as 260 people are expected to die on the roads in New York City, but many of the drivers involved will not be prosecuted. Although this takes place in a city a good distance from New Jersey, a similar situation could take place in your state, too.

Imagine being in a situation where the person who hit you wasn't being prosecuted; the pain and suffering caused would go without justice. In this news story, one woman who lost her 4-year-old child spoke about how the teen who struck her little one had been treated leniently, even being able to be free on bail. This was despite the fact that he had tried to flee and had backed up at the scene, causing the girl and her grandmother to be pinned to metal grating.

Is there a special day recognizing New Jersey road dangers?

Did you know that there is actually a day in October that focuses on bringing attention to the dangers of driving on New Jersey roadways? Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day happens in October each year, and it was on Oct. 10 in 2014. This day is a strong reminder to the local community about the dangers of driving and how to stay safe on the roads, although the information provided is good to remember all year long.

Motor vehicle accidents claim over 550 lives of those living in New Jersey each year. This national program aims to draw attention to the facts about these accidents and what you can do to prevent accidents on the roads, whether you're a pedestrian, motorcyclist, bicyclist or other kind of driver. On the day of the event, those in New Jersey are asked to be particularly careful, but if everyone was this careful every day, then there could be fewer accidents over the course of a year.

Pedestrian struck by vehicle stuck in windshield in New Jersey

This hit-and-run-related incident is one that is a little out of the ordinary. According to a report from Nov. 14, a man from New Jersey struck a pedestrian as he was driving. At that time, the man didn't stop, and he continued driving with the pedestrian's body stuck in the car's windshield. News reports claim that the man traveled a mile before he was stopped by police.

The pedestrian who was struck by the driver, a 61-year-old man, had to be airlifted to a hospital for care due to the severity of his injuries. The driver, a 33-year-old man from Little Egg Harbor, struck the man a little before 7:00 p.m. on Route 9, and police reported that he was intoxicated at the time.

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