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A car crash can rob a family of a loved one

Increased traffic on New Jersey roadways increases the likelihood of being involved in a serious accident. While defensive driving is the best preventive measure a person can take, some car accidents cannot be avoided. A serious car crash recently resulted in two fatalities.

First responders responded to the scene of a reported accident on a recent Friday evening. Officers found the accident had occurred at the intersection of Route 202 and Heritage Road in Montville. Two vehicles collided as they were negotiating the intersection. The vehicles involved were a 2009 Saab and a 2016 Nissan.

Car crash may have been hit-and-run

New Jersey roadways are heavily congested with traffic at almost all hours of the day and night. This can make it difficult to see pedestrians, sometimes resulting in hit-and-run accidents. A recent car crash near Camden involved a car and a pedestrian in the very early morning hours.

The accident occurred on Tuckahoe Road and the victim was found there by a passerby. Another individual turned himself in to the Camden County Police as the investigation into the accident was underway. The man said he thought his car might have been involved in an accident. The car was then impounded and searched.

Pedestrians are also at risk from a DWI accident

As traffic on New Jersey roadways becomes more congested, it is not only other drivers who see an increase in risks. Pedestrians walking along roadways are also at an increased risk of being struck by passing vehicles. If a driver is drunk and strikes and injures or kills a pedestrian, he runs the risk of being charged with having caused a DWI accident.

There were a number of fatal accidents involving motor vehicles and pedestrians in recent days. In one incident a gentleman was struck by a car as he crossed Route 42 near Washington Township. This is according to Gloucester County authorities.

Workers' compensation rules exist to protect workers

Risk of injury is inherent to many types of jobs, particularly in the construction and manufacturing fields in New Jersey and elsewhere. Workers' compensation exists to help cover expenses incurred by workplace injuries or death. An article in USA Today indicated that as many as two deaths per month and two dozen severe injuries occurred in New Jersey each month in 2018.

According to the study by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 22 people or more were killed on the job in 2018, and at least 23 fatalities occurred in 2017. The injuries ranged from amputations to the loss of an eye as well as many other debilitating injuries that resulted in a need for inpatient hospital care. Regarding severe injuries, 239 were reported in 2017 and 283 in 2018. The data comes from the OSHA Severe Injury Report database.

Failure to remain alert can cause a tragic car accident

Motorcycles are a popular means of communication for many people in New Jersey. They are a relatively economical and easy way to get around. They are also small and can be very hard to see, which means they are often involved in a tragic car accident. An accident involving a motorcycle happened on a recent Sunday evening.

It was about 8 p.m. and two young men were riding a motorcycle north on Route 9 near Middle Township. A man driving a pickup truck pulled out of an intersection in front of them to make a left-hand turn. One rider was pronounced dead at the scene. The other was transported to an area hospital with reportedly serious injuries.

Drunk driving accident less likely to occur under new law

Car accidents that involve alcohol frequently result in serious injury or death in New Jersey. These accidents are preventable in that if the impaired person does not drive, a death or serious injury that could result from a drunk driving accident could not happen. A new law recently passed takes a step toward making this a reality and, in some instances, reduces the amount of time that a person's license may be suspended.

The law recently passed in the state legislature requires the installation of a device in the driver's car that prevents the engine from starting if alcohol is detected. It is known as an ignition interlock device (IID) and requires that the driver blow into a device before the engine will start. If the IID detects alcohol in the person's BAC, the engine will not start.

Chances of a car accident increase on holiday weekends

Police chases can be dangerous in New Jersey. There are procedures that officers follow in an attempt to reduce dangers to other drivers. A car accident can still result from a high-speed car chase. One such accident resulted in a fatality on a recent morning.

Police were in the process of pulling a car over for a moving violation when the car they were pulling over sped off. The car proceeded to go the wrong way down a one-way street where it collided with another vehicle. The impact pushed the car into a utility pole. The driver of that car was pronounced dead at the scene.

An animal bite can forever mar a memory

Dogs are described as man's best friend and they fill any number of functions in people's daily lives in New Jersey. These functions range from therapy dogs protecting their owners, bomb sniffing dogs protecting troops and the public and companion animals who reward their owners with unconditional love. Dogs are also strong animals and like any other animal, can be somewhat unpredictable in certain situations. If a dog feels threatened, is taken by surprise or is scared, it may bite. An animal bite can be very scary for a person on the receiving end.

In a recent case in Wildwood an 11-year-old was seriously injured when he was bitten in the face. The child reportedly asked for permission to pet the dog but then the dog jumped at him and bit him. The child was walking along the beach with his family when the encounter with the dog took place.

Workers' compensation may apply to carbon monoxide poisoning

Landscape workers in New Jersey face a certain number of risks. Heat stroke, and injuries from equipment are among those as is exposure to toxic fumes. A recent incident in New Jersey took the lives of two landscape workers. The tragedy was completely preventable if the company they worked for had adhered to safety guidelines and proper training procedures. Workers' compensation exists to aid in a situation such as this.

Two workers for a New Jersey landscaping firm perished when they were exposed to carbon monoxide. The gas exposure was the result of having started their gasoline powered-lawnmowers inside the trailer used to transport them. While the toxic gas is still present when the mowers are started outside of the trailer, it dissipates into the air and the toxic danger is alleviated.

An animal bite often a frequent occurrence in August

Dogs are often called man's best friend. They are known for loving their owners unconditionally, and the pet tales that can move one to tears frequently involve stories of dogs and their masters. Dogs, like people, can feel threatened or may react defensively if startled, frightened or overwhelmed. Sadly, this can result in a dog bite and a possible animal bite lawsuit in New Jersey and elsewhere.

New Jersey ranks high in the order of states where dog bites are likely to occur, and August is often the month with the highest number of reported bites. In 2018 the state was ranked 14th. Average payouts in suits brought against the owner of the biting dog was $72,000. Children are most often the victims of dog bites.