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Drunk driving accident takes the life of a motorcyclist

Attempts to reduce accidents and fatalities related to drunk driving are never ending in New Jersey. A tragic case was recently settled in court. It resulted in substantial jail time for the driver accused of being involved in a drunk driving accident and causing the death of another person.

The driver, a 51-year-old male from Princeton, was accused of driving his car into a motorcycle and killing the rider, who was a 55-year-old man from West Windsor. The accident happened about 1:00 in the afternoon. The driver of the car fled the scene and collapsed in the median a few hundred feet away from the crash.

A car accident is a constant risk on New Jersey roads

It is not a surprise to anyone that traffic is a significant problem on New Jersey roadways. The increased traffic can lead to the likelihood of a car accident. Some people make use of alternate forms of transportation, such as buses, in part to help reduce traffic and possibly increase safety.

A bus traveling east on Interstate 80 was involved in a crash that caused the death of a college student and injuries to several others. The bus was near Parsippany when the accident happened. It was carrying about two dozen passengers when it hit several other vehicles.

New Jersey car accident involving bus claims 1 life, injures 20

New Jersey highways can be dangerous places considering the amount of traffic they receive. A recent car accident involving three cars and a bus sent 20 people to the hospital and claimed the life of one young woman. Authorities are still investigating the crash to determine what caused the accident.

The collision happened on Interstate 80 near Parsippany in Morris County. Apparently, the Adirondack Trailways bus had more than 24 people on board when it collided with three other cars. One of those passengers, a 21-year-old woman, was ejected from the bus and onto the highway. She was declared deceased at the scene.

Inappropriate use of K-9 unit can cause dangerous animal bite

A recent lawsuit against the Atlantic City Police Department has resulted in an out of court settlement. The claimant alleged that he was assaulted by the police and a K-9 unit as he was walking home from a casino. An internal affairs investigation of the officers found that the officers had not used excessive force and that the animal bite was warranted.

The man who was attacked alleged that he was stopped by the New Jersey officers and pushed up against a wall. An officer began to pat him down at which point the K-9 officer reportedly dragged the suspect to the ground. Another officer arrived on the scene and the officer performing the pat down claimed that the man had attacked the police dog. Both officers reportedly beat the claimant with a baton, and they also allowed the dog to bite him in what they claimed was an attempt to subdue him.

Car crash fatal for 32-year-old New Jersey man

With a new year comes renewed hope for safer roads and fewer fatalities in New Jersey and across the country. Sadly, the year has begun with fatalities on area road ways. A car crash happened on a recent evening on Route 1.

West Windsor Police, West Windsor Department of Fire and Emergency Services and volunteer fire companies from West Windsor and Princeton all responded to the scene of the crash on Route 1 near the Meadow Road overpass. They were responding to the report of a serious car accident in the area. This was according to a bulletin on the department's website.

Drunk driving accident can still mar new year's celebrations

New Year's Eve is frequently referred to as amateur night. While it is never a good idea to get behind the wheel of a car when one has been drinking, it seems that more people do just that on New Year's Eve more often than at other times. In spite of the attempts of ride apps, sobriety check points and other safe driving efforts, the problem of deaths caused by a drunk driving accident continues to be a significant problem in New Jersey and around the country.

At about 1 a.m. on January 1, a woman was struck and killed by an allegedly drunk driver. The accident occurred on the northbound side of Interstate 676, according to police reports. The victim had exited her car for unknown reasons and was on the shoulder near the exit for Atlantic Avenue.

Defensive driving not always enough to stop a car crash

Defensive driving is widely advocated as protection against an accident. Expecting the unexpected can help to maintain one's focus behind the wheel and allow for fast reaction time to avoid a crash. Unfortunately, some situations cannot be anticipated and a resulting car crash may be unavoidable.

An accident that resulted in a serious injury on the New Jersey Turnpike happened when a disabled vehicle rolled into the path of another car. A tow truck driver had been in the process of securing the disabled Land Cruiser in order to load it onto a flat bed truck when the Land Cruiser rolled across three lanes of traffic, causing the crash. The man who was injured in the crash suffered serious back injuries that required a series of injections and eventual spinal surgery.

Reducing BAC may reduce the chance of a drunk driving accident

The holiday season can be a dangerous time to be on the roads. New Year's Eve is considered by many to be one of the most dangerous nights of the year to drive and is known in some places as 'amateur night.' This is because so many people partake of alcohol in higher amounts than they are accustomed to and may not be aware of how the additional alcohol impairs the ability to drive. This could result in a drunk driving accident. Another state is taking a step it hopes will change the trend, and the result could have implications for other states -- including New Jersey.

In order to determine if a driver is intoxicated, a Breathalyzer test can be administered that measures the individual's blood alcohol content. The current acceptable level in most states is below .08 for non-commercial drivers 21 or older. A BAC of .08 or higher will result in a DUI charge. One state has now passed a law lowering that level by 40 percent, to .05. The law took effect on Dec. 30, 2018.

New initiative could impact workers' compensation

A new year is a time for new beginnings. It's a time to look at what is working and what is not and to perhaps make changes to help things work better. The agencies that collaborate to protect New Jersey workers are looking at what they can do to make workers' lives better and safer and to possibly reduce the number of accidents and workers' compensation claims.

There are three agencies who collaborate in this endeavor. They are the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL), the New Jersey State Industrial Safety Committee (NJSISC) and the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Safety issues can lead to premises liability for huge retailer

Amazon is one of the nation's largest retailers with a large number of warehouses that are used to fulfill the vast number of online orders that the retailer receives. The company claims that worker safety is a top priority in New Jersey and around the country, and yet incidents of worker injuries and deaths continue to plague the online retailer and could lead to cases of premises liability. Recent incidents include two deaths and a serious injury.

In the most recent incident, a can of bear spray fell off a shelf and discharged its contents. It happened at the Amazon warehouse located in Robbinsville. As a result of the incident, 54 people required medical assistance. Of those, 24 were hospitalized and one person is in critical condition.