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Distracted driving is about more than just smartphones

Driving is a task that requires all of your attention. Focusing on just one task may feel a little over the top for some drivers, especially in a world that seems filled with distractions and designed for multitasking. More and more people are normalizing distracted driving behaviors, which has serious and even life-threatening implications for everyone in New Jersey.

Distracted driving was a problem before cell phones even existed. At its most basic, distracted driving is anything that takes your full attention away from driving tasks, including watching out for other cars and the speed limit. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration divides distracted driving into three different categories.

Seeking legal recourse for serious injuries suffered in accidents

When an individual in New Jersey suffers an injury, he or she is likely to focus on their road to recovery. However, when an accident leaves a victim suffering serious injuries, this could mean a lengthy or lifelong treatment plan. It can be hard to imagine requiring ongoing medical care because of head trauma, a spinal cord injury, or any other severe injury. This is especially true when one is focused on dealing with their current pain and suffering. Thus, it is important that accident victims explore their rights no matter the type of accident or injury suffered.

At Serafini & Serafini, P.C., our attorneys are dedicated to personal injury actions. Our law firm is focused on the rights of our clients, helping them reach a favorable outcome following an accident that has left them seriously injured or disabled. We understand that this can be a challenging and emotionally taxing event, which is why we take the time to deliver compassionate representation that focuses on the needs and goals of our clients.

Pedestrian fatally struck in Wayne

The roadways in New Jersey and elsewhere can be a dangerous place. While drivers are expected to follow the rules of the road, some fail to do so. Whether it is due to distractions, recklessness, intoxication or another negligent act, other motorists, cyclists and pedestrians are put at risk. Following a fatal crash, an investigation could help reveal the cause, allowing family members to get answers to the questions they might have and understand what legal recourse is available.

During the nighttime hours of December 4, a man was fatally struck by a vehicle in Wayne. Reports indicated that a Honda SUV on Route 46 East struck the 60-year-old man. The collision took place in the area of the Ramada Inn.

Truck accidents and hours of service violations

With the holidays just around the corner, many residents of New Jersey and elsewhere are awaiting the delivery of their gifts so they can wrap them in time for the upcoming celebrations. In order to meet the high demands of consumers this time of year, truck companies and commercial trucks are essential. These large vehicles help with the shipment of goods and the transportation and delivery of packages; however, the abundance of these vehicles on the roadways poses great risks for a truck accident.

As a means to curb truck accidents, federal trucking regulations were put into effect. One component of these is hours of service. This designates how many hours a truck driver may drive in a set time period as well as required break times. While this regulation does help reduce the number of fatigued truck drivers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is considering changes to these regulations.

Taking action following a commercial vehicle accident

As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday, a turkey dinner is not the only thing on the minds of individuals in New Jersey and elsewhere. With Thanksgiving comes Black Friday, which is known as the biggest shopping day of the year. Whether consumers choose to head to the stores or do their shopping from the comfort of their own home, commercial trucks are heavily relied on to make shipments and deliveries to meet the demands during this time of year.

The increase in commercial vehicles and other small delivery trucks means that there are more of these vehicles on the roadways during all hours of the day and night. While these vehicles can be valuable and safely driven and utilized, they can also be dangerous and deadly on the roadways. In the event of a commercial vehicle accident, victims could be left with serious injuries and significant damages.

How to cope with sudden loss of a loved one during the holidays

The holidays can be stressful, even under the best of circumstances. If an unexpected event occurs that causes your stress level to increase, you might not feel like celebrating at all. For instance, many New Jersey residents have lost their jobs unexpectedly during the holidays. It's understandable that such an event would put a damper on holiday joy.

While dying is merely just a part of life, when a loved one's death comes suddenly, it can be tough to cope. If you are getting ready for the holidays or at a gathering with family and friends, and you receive a phone call to inform you that your spouse, child or parent was in an accident, you might feel like the earth itself is dropping out from underneath your feet.

Recovery after a limb amputation

Unfortunately, accidents happen, and when these accidents happen, not all victims are able to walk away unscathed. In fact, some of the worst injuries are caused by motor vehicle collisions, and a victim's ability to recovery from such serious injuries can be a long process. In fact, some injuries are so life altering that it requires ongoing medical treatment and rehabilitation well into the future or even for the rest of his or her life.

Take a limb amputation, for example. When an accident victim requires a limb to be amputated, this is due to a severe injury causing the body part to be considered loss. And in order to ensure the health and wellbeing of the victim, removing the dead limb is his or her best chance for survival. While medical professionals are able to take on this procedure with little to no issue, it is the recovery period that can be more complex.

Pedestrian killed in New Jersey hit-and-run

Losing a loved one is difficult. Coping with the death of a loved one in a car crash can be especially challenging, as these crashes occur suddenly and are likely the result of a negligent driver. What can make an already trying time even harder is when the driver that caused the accident fled the scene.

Recently, a fatal pedestrian accident occurred in Cherry Hill. Based on reports from New Jersey law enforcement, the motorist struck the pedestrian on Route 38 and did not stop following the collision. It was further reported that a piece of the vehicle was left behind, providing officers with evidence to help them locate this hit-and-run driver.

High rate of workplace fatalities among truck drivers

The loss of a loved one is challenging to overcome. While death is inevitable, too often, individuals are suddenly killed by the negligence of another person. This can cause surviving loved ones to have many questions, especially when it comes to why it happened and who is responsible. Motor vehicle accidents often cause sudden, unexpected deaths, and some of these occur while the victim is working.

Based on current data, truck drivers and delivery workers had the highest rate of workplace fatalities in 2016 when compared to all other occupations. It was discovered that 918 truck drivers and sales workers died on the job that year in automobile collisions.

Protecting your rights after a motorcycle crash

Although fall is starting to set in, it does not mean motorcyclists are ready to put their bikes away. In fact, motorists in New Jersey and elsewhere can be seen riding throughout fall and even into winter. Thus, it is imperative that drivers remain attentive and aware of these vehicles, as failing to see one could result in a serious or even fatal collision.

While motorists are supposed to share the road with motorcycles like any other type of motor vehicle, the unfortunate reality is that some fail to do so. The aftermath of a motorcycle accident can be gruesome. In fact, the injuries and damages that result can be some of the worst, as motorcyclists do not have a protective shell or restraints like those traveling in a passenger vehicle. This is why the attorneys at Serafini & Serafini, PC, dedicate their time to defend the rights and interests of motorcycle accident victims.

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