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Truck accident results in death of a young cyclist

School is back in session for everyone from kindergartners to university students in New Jersey. Among the older group, many ride bicycles to and from class. With more bicycles on the roadways, the risk of a truck accident rises exponentially. A construction vehicle was recently involved in a fatal accident with a bike rider.

The accident happened about 8:30 on a recent evening in Newark. The young man, a student at New Jersey Institute of Technology, was riding his bike near McCarter Highway and Gouverneur Street when he was hit by the construction vehicle. The young man who died was the son of an area councilman.

Rush hour car accident leaves 1 dead

Driving in rush hour in New Jersey can be a dangerous undertaking. People are in a hurry to get home, to an appointment or maybe to a child's sporting event. The risk of a car accident is greater in such situations. An accident recently occurred during rush hour near Randolph Township on Route 10 near Dover Chester Rd.

Emergency crews responded to a call to the area. Once on the scene they found one car flipped on its roof and another vehicle was submerged in a nearby retention pond. The driver of the vehicle that was submerged had managed to free himself, but the occupants of the vehicle that flipped had to be freed as they were trapped in the car. The driver of the overturned vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger was airlifted to an area hospital, and the driver of the other vehicle was transported to a hospital via ambulance.

A car accident involving a bicycle has a tragic ending

Bicycles are enjoying a surge in popularity in New Jersey. As more and more people are becoming aware of the benefits of exercise, bicycles are being viewed as a means to achieve it. Bicycles present a very accessible medium to exercise for almost every age group. Sadly, an increased number of bikes on the road may lead to an increased chance of being involved in a car accident.

A 77-year-old woman was riding her bike in Bayonne on a recent Saturday morning. At about 7:00 a.m., the Bayonne police department were summoned to the site of an accident. The accident occurred near the intersection of Avenue C and 27th street.

Failure to stop at a red light causes serious truck accident

Traffic during rush hour in New Jersey can involve being stuck in stop-and-go traffic.  Even when traffic is moving, a driver needs to be prepared to slow down or stop. In a recent accident in New Jersey it appears that a driver of an 18 wheeler may have neglected to slow down and, in failing to do so, caused a serious truck accident.

The accident happened during rush hour on Route 1 in Edison. According to witnesses, a string of cars were stopped at a red light when the truck came up from behind and failed to stop. The ensuing collision caused damage to multiple vehicles and injured 10 people, one of them critically. A van carrying a woman and her two daughters received the most damage. The daughters were treated and released at an area hospital, but their mother remains hospitalized in critical condition.

Pizza, friends and a tragic car accident

People enjoying an evening of pizza and friendship don't expect to have their evening interrupted by a tragedy. That's just what happened at a New Jersey pizza establishment near Fredon. A little after 9 p.m. a customer came running into the restaurant saying there had been a car accident.

The customer asked if there were any flashlights available. People grabbed cell phones and went to help. The accident occurred just a short distance from the pizza place. Those with cell phones used their cell phone flash lights to slow traffic.

A DUI accident leads to sudden death

How many times a day do people get out of taxi cabs in New Jersey? How many times a day do people think their lives may end as they step out of a taxi cab? Most people are thinking about their meetings, their lunches, their jobs, or just the day ahead of them. Sadly, such a tragic incident befell a man in Plainfield earlier this year as a result of a DUI accident.

A gentleman had just exited a taxi cab when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver. The accident victim died from his injuries. The man who had been driving the car that struck him was apprehended at his home in South Plainfield a short time later. His car, which was badly damaged, was also found there.

Drinking, driving and night can cause a tragic car crash

Summer is in full swing and there are all kinds of activities on New Jersey roads. Bicycles, motorcycles and even skateboards require drivers to exercise additional caution, especially after dark. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye and have tragic outcomes. Such was the case in a recent car crash in Hamilton that occurred after midnight.

A 13-year-old boy was skateboarding on Nottingham Lane when a driver crossed the center line and struck the skateboarder. The boy was transported to an area hospital. He later died as a result of his injuries.

Young workers are at increased risk of work injury

The dog days of summer are here in New Jersey. Swimming pools, amusement parks, summer camps and movie theaters are all busy. In addition to being busy these institutions of summer typically employ a large number of young people. As the rate of employment for young people goes up in the summer, so does their chance of suffering a work injury, or dying, on the job.

In 2016, almost 400 young people died performing summer jobs. They ranged in age from younger than 16 to 24 years old. Companies bringing on young summer help need to be sure that their young employees receive the proper safety training and instruction for the job they are expected to perform. Training may need to be modified for the younger group to ensure that each of them are receiving the needed training. Pairing a younger worker with an older more experienced worker can be a means to achieve this.

Tragic truck accident causes massive delays

There are an ever-increasing number of vehicles on our roadways. As the number of vehicles increases in New Jersey, the likelihood of being involved in an accident also increases. A recent truck accident on Interstate 78 serves to underscore this point.

A dump truck traveling on Interstate 78 collided with three cars at about 3 p.m. The skid marks on the road indicate the truck may have lost control and crashed through the median and so collided with cars coming in the opposite direction. The driver of one vehicle was killed. The driver of the truck and the other two vehicles suffered minor injuries.

Cannabis and workers' compensation

Medicinal marijuana, commonly called cannabis for medicinal use, is legal in New Jersey. In a recent case involving a gentleman who suffered multiple workplace injuries, his doctor prescribed medicinal cannabis to relieve his pain. The workers' compensation insurer was ordered by a judge to cover the cost of the prescription.

The gentleman in question had suffered severe neck and back injuries that required the fusion of vertebrae. The employee had been taking opioids to relieve the pain but did not wish to continue them out of concern for the risk of addiction. His doctor provided the necessary documentation and a prescription to get his patient accepted into New Jersey's medical cannabis program. The patient paid for the initial prescription himself though the court has ordered that he be reimbursed.