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Proposed trucking regulations could lead to more accidents

Drowsy driving is dangerous under any circumstances, but it is especially dangerous when New Jersey operators of semi-trucks drive while fatigued. If they fall asleep at the wheel, the sheer size of their vehicle could make any resulting truck accident catastrophic. For this reason, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has regulations that limit how long a commercial trucker can be behind the wheel before having to take a rest break.

However, the DOT is now proposing changes to these regulations that would relax drive-time rules for truckers. Currently, semi-truck drivers can only drive 11 hours within a 14-hour on-duty period. In addition, semi-truck drivers are required to take 10 hours off in-a-row between shifts. And, semi-truck drivers are required to take one 30-minute rest-period before reaching the end of an eight-hour shift.

Guiding you through a civil action following a serious accident

The possibility of a car accident in New Jersey and elsewhere is apparent when one gets into a vehicle; however, one does not think that he or she will be involved in a crash. Unfortunately, a distracted or negligent driver could turn up anywhere with any motorist, causing even the most careful driver to be at risk of an automobile collision. The accident itself is likely shocking to those involved; however, the aftermath of the crash is likely the most impactful. The injuries and damages are likely to impact a victim physically, mentally, emotionally and financially, and this can be extremely overwhelming.

Serious and significant injuries could befall a car accident victim. This can leave the injured victims facing ongoing medical care, the inability to work, medical bills and other losses. This can be a very overwhelming experience, and victims can feel confused and hopeless. This is where our law firm can be of assistance. At Serafini & Serafini, P.C., our skilled attorneys are prepared to help accident victims in the Wayne area, guiding them through a civil action.

Filing a wrongful death action after the loss of a loved one

While death is inevitable, it is a difficult life event to cope with. This is especially true when a loved one is suddenly taken away due to the negligence of another person. It can be difficult for individuals in New Jersey and elsewhere to process such an event, causing some to question what can be done to overcome the damages caused by this sudden and tragic loss.

The world can seem to stop when a loved one is lost in an accident. It is a horrible event and it can take time to process it. At Serafini & Serafini, P.C., our attorneys understand how emotional and delicate these matters can me. Thus, we are sensitive to our client's needs, helping them fully understand their situation and what options they might have.

Motorcycle accidents: Things to know about the aftermath

As a New Jersey motorcycle enthusiast, you likely start itching to get your bike on the road as soon as springtime rolls around. Like most motorcyclists, you enjoy being on the open the road, under a big, blue sky. You also make sure to brush up on your riding skills, as well as update yourself on current traffic laws and safety regulations before riding.

The problem is that no matter how safe a rider you are, there's no guarantee that the other motorists with whom you share the road will act likewise. In fact, some drivers are downright reckless. That's why it's also important to know what to do if you're involved in a collision and you suffer injury.

How do trucking regulations aim to prevent drowsy driving?

Drowsy driving is a safety hazard on New Jersey roads, especially when it comes to semi-trucks. After all, in a truck accident between an 80,000-pound semi-truck and a 2,000-pound automobile, the laws of physics generally mean that the automobile and its occupants will come off worse for wear. Because of these dangers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued hours of service regulations that dictate how long a semi-truck driver may be on the road before taking a rest break.

For example, property-carrying drivers can only drive up to 11 hours after having been off-duty for at least 10 hours in a row. In addition, these drivers cannot operate their vehicles more than 14 hours after the 10-hour consecutive rest break. Also, semi-truck drivers can only drive up to eight hours after taking a 30-minute rest break or sleeper berth period.

Car crashes can lead to serious injuries, including whiplash

A car accident can happen in a split-second. While some car crashes in New Jersey are minor, perhaps only causing some property damage, other auto accidents result in serious injuries to those involved. Some of these injuries may include head injuries, concussions, broken bones and spinal cord injuries. One common injury a person can suffer in a car accident is whiplash.

Whiplash is a soft-tissue injury that occurs when a person's head is violently jerked back and forth. This injury is especially common if a person is in a vehicle that is rear-ended. Whiplash can occur even in low-speed crashes.

4 common motorcycle wrecks and tips for avoiding them

Now that riding season is here, it is also the time for motorcycle accidents to become a problem again here in New Jersey. Even experienced riders could use a refresher about what to do when an irresponsible car or truck driver puts them in a dangerous situation and life-changing injuries seem imminent.

Here are four of the most common car- or truck-caused motorcycle wrecks and how to avoid them:

Who can be held liable for a New Jersey bus accident?

Not everyone in New Jersey owns a car, or even wants to drive on our state's congested streets and highways. Some people prefer to take the bus to get from point A to point B. Sometimes these bus trips are short commutes across town, while other times they are longer journeys from New Jersey to another state. And, school buses and tour buses also make an appearance in New Jersey.

However, buses are large vehicles and, like commercial trucks, can cause significant damage to passengers and other motorists should they cause a commercial vehicle accident. Victims of such accidents can suffer substantial injuries. Thus, it is important to understand who can be held responsible for bus accidents.

Helmet use and motorcycle accident lawsuits

Spring is here, and as the weather continues to warm up more motorcyclists in New Jersey will be taking to the road on their bikes. Safety is an important issue when it comes to riding motorcycles, and one of the best precautions a biker can take is to wear a helmet.

Motorcycle helmets can prevent head injuries if the biker is thrown from his or her vehicle in a crash. It is well-known that motorcycle accidents can be very serious, as a motorcycle does not offer riders the same safety features such as air bags and crumple zones that automobiles provide. Moreover, the size disparity between an automobile and a motorcycle generally means the motorcyclist will come off worse for wear in a motor vehicle accident.

Auto-pedestrian accidents could lead to a wrongful death claim

According to data from the Governors Highway Safety Association, the number of pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. is the highest it has been in 28 years, with over 6,200 auto-pedestrian crash fatalities in 2018. This is significant, as many people in New Jersey prefer to walk to their destinations, rather than drive. Unfortunately, many times the streets are not safe for pedestrians.

Since 2008, the number of pedestrian fatalities has grown 35 percent. There are several possible reasons why this is happening. According to some, an increase in the popularity of SUVs and pick-up trucks has led to more auto-pedestrian accidents, as these vehicles' high profile makes seeing pedestrians more difficult, and their large size means a collision will likely result in more damages than the same collision caused by a smaller vehicle would. Distracted driving in the form of cellphone use and drowsy driving can also contribute to the increase in pedestrian accidents.

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