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How long does one have to pursue a wrongful death claim?

The holiday season is upon us. It is a time for gathering together with family and celebrating time-honored traditions.

The loss of a loved one during this time of year can be especially traumatic for the deceased's survivors. This is even more true when the person's death was caused by the negligence of another and could have been prevented.

Drowsy driving can lead to catastrophic truck accidents

While semi-trucks are an important part of commerce in New Jersey and nationwide, businesses that utilize them are ultimately looking to make a profit and those who drive them do so to get a paycheck. Thus, either for their own monetary gain or that of their employer, semi-truck drivers are often incentivized to make as many deliveries as possible as quickly as possible. However, this could lead semi-truck drivers to drive negligently.

One way that semi-truck drivers can drive negligently is if they are driving while fatigued. Despite federal regulations that limit how long a semi-truck driver can be on the road before they must take rest breaks, some semi-truck drivers will still engage in drowsy driving. This could lead to devastating truck accidents. In fact, one federal study found that when it comes to truck accidents 13 percent of the semi-truck drivers were fatigued when the incident occurred.

2017 saw a rise in deaths from crashes involving large trucks

Federal statistics indicate that traffic fatalities were down last year in the United States. According to recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 1.8 percent fewer deaths from motor vehicles crashes out on the nation’s roads in 2017 than was the case in 2016. This trend of lowered fatalities was also seen in a wide range of different types of traffic crashes, including pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents and car accidents.

However, large truck accidents did not follow this trend. Not only did fatalities from such crashes go up last year, they went up by a fairly significant amount. According to the NHTSA, there were 4,761 deaths from accidents involving large trucks last year. This was 9 percent higher than the 2016 total.

Avoid being trapped inside a burning car

Earlier this month, a New Jersey resident’s car caught on fire after he rear-ended a tractor trailer on Route 80. The man was driving his car on the right shoulder of the interstate when it collided with the back of a disabled tractor trailer and caught on fire. The collision trapped the man inside the burning car, causing him to suffer serious injuries from the burns. Unfortunately, these types of situations occur more often than you might think.

New Jersey Certified Civil Trial Attorney

Why Is This Important? Roughly 3% Of Attorneys Achieve This Status.

A certified civil trial attorney is a designation granted by the New Jersey Supreme Court to attorneys who can demonstrate sufficient levels of experience, education, knowledge, and skill in civil trial practice. The Supreme Court, through its Board on Attorney Certification, designates only those lawyers who apply for certification and who are able to meet the standards set by the Board and approved by the Court.

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