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Police blame New Jersey car accident on impaired driver

The holiday season is in full swing in New Jersey. With the holidays come holiday parties and an increase in the chances of encountering a driver who may be under the influence. A serious car accident happened early one recent morning that resulted in the injuries of eight people.

Two cars collided on a local road in Ewing at about 2 a.m. One vehicle, a 2018 Kia Optima, reportedly crossed the center line and struck an oncoming vehicle, a 2007 Dodge Charger. There were five students from the College of New Jersey in the Dodge. The driver of the Dodge was a 20-year-old who had been chosen as a designated driver for the evening.

Understanding workers' compensation laws may aid recovery

Employees report to work every day in New Jersey. They arrive at work and expect to return home without being injured. Some jobs have more risk than others, but if appropriate safety precautions are exercised most injuries can be prevented. In the event that a workplace injury does occur, the possibility may exist for a workers' compensation claim.

In a recent accident in New Jersey, a sanitation worker was injured while he was trying to unjam a machine and the machine activated. The worker suffered a partial amputation of one finger and another finger was broken. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has imposed $103,476 in penalties against the company for failing to have a lockout system in place that would prevent accidental machine startups. The company was also cited by OSHA for failing to make sure that employees use protective equipment and for exposure of employees to the hazards of bloodborne diseases.

Hit and run car accident can ruin a holiday

The holiday season is here, and while the possibility of an car crash is an ever present danger, it seems to escalate during the holiday season. Drunk drivers, hit and run drivers and distracted drivers are all present on New Jersey roadways. A hit and run car accident that ended in the death of the person who was hit has resulted in charges against the driver.

An off-duty police officer struck a 23-year-old man from Patterson and then fled the scene of the accident. Emergency responders rushed the seriously injured victim to the hospital. He later died as a result of his injuries.

Car crash injures 21 people

Every day, people report to workplaces in New Jersey. People did just that at a Social Security office located in Egg Harbor. At about 10:30 one morning, their work day was interrupted by a car crash that sent a car crashing into the building and through a wall, ultimately landing inside the building.

As many as 21 people were injured in the crash. One woman is in critical condition. The car that crashed into the building was a Nissan sedan. There were two children and a female passenger in the car along with the driver.

Truck accident interrupts people at a market

Every day people go about their business in New Jersey doing such things as going to work, going to school or going to the market. These are all normal, every day activities and one does not necessarily expect anything out of the ordinary to happen. In a market near Jackson Township there was a completely unexpected truck accident.

The accident happened on Cedar Swamp Road. A tractor-trailer was traveling south when it crashed into a car headed north. The truck then crashed into Glory's Market and came to a stop near the checkout aisle. The employee who was working at the register reportedly saw what was about to happen and yelled 'run' shortly before the impact of the crash. The cashier was seriously injured.

A drunk driving accident can mar the holiday season

It is widely accepted that people take a risk every time they get behind the wheel of a car. Traffic on area roads in New Jersey is ever increasing and with more traffic the chance of an accident increases. Drivers are taught to be defensive, to anticipate what another driver might do and to be ready for it. When the other driver is drunk, there may be no way to prepare for what might happen in a drunk driving accident.

A 57-year-old man from South Bound Brook was driving one night in Dec. 2017. Maybe he was visiting friends or family during the holiday season. As he approached the intersection of at Route 202 and Summer Road near Reading Township, his car was struck by a drunk driver.

What determines if an injury is a work injury?

Repetitive motion injuries are a common ailment suffered by many people in New Jersey and across the country. In today's workplace where so many functions are performed at a computer keyboard or using another type of computer interface over many hours a day, repetitive motion injuries are a constant threat to workers. Determining if an injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, can be considered a work injury can be a gray area.

In a recent case in another state a person suffered musculoskeletal damage to both wrists and required surgery. The employee claimed it was a work-related condition. The employer was unsure as to whether the condition was caused solely by work-related factors and whether the claim had to be reported to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. An on-the-job injury must be reported to OSHA within 7 days.

A drunk driving accident doesn't have to happen

Drinking and driving are not a healthy combination. This is common knowledge, but even with the plethora of options available for alternative transportation via cellphone apps, people still choose to drink and drive. That decision can have tragic ramifications and result in a drunk driving accident in New Jersey.

Such an accident occurred on a recent morning near New Brunswick. A man was doing his job, working for an independent recycling company, when he was struck by a 2011 Jeep Wrangler. The woman driving the Jeep pleaded guilty to being drunk at the time of the crash.

Fatal car crash is a traumatic experience

Fatal traffic accidents are a sad and tragic fact of life in New Jersey. One doesn't expect one's friends or relatives to die in a car crash on their way to their next destination. Sadly, this was the case on a recent weekend when three people died in a head-on collision.

The crash happened on a Friday evening near South Hook Road and Winslow Lane near Pennsville. Police responded to the report of a crash and found two cars, a Ford Focus and a Hyundai Sonata, both with significant damage. The occupants of both cars all appeared to be injured.

Workers' compensation sought for partial amputation of a finger

Working in a manufacturing environment carries inherent risks. People in New Jersey who work in such environments trust their employers to provide safety training and safe equipment that is properly maintained. Periodic inspections are required to ensure that equipment remains safe. Workers' compensation is in place to help protect the worker in the event of an injury.

A pretzel manufacturer in Pennsauken has been cited for failing to conduct safety inspections on their equipment. A worker at the plant recently lost part of a finger while cleaning a piece of equipment that turned on while he was cleaning it. OSHA cited the company for failing to provide lockout/tagout procedures that would prevent equipment from powering on and for failure to provide training for lockout/tagout procedures.