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Garden State motorists must practice motorcycle awareness

New Jersey motorists should be aware that motorcycle accidents can occur at any time of the year. Therefore, it is important that motorists understand how to safely share the road with motorcyclists. This is because motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable when they are involved in a crash.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to lose their lives in a collision than those in a standard automobile, and they are five times more likely to suffer non-fatal injuries. From 2011 to 2015, New Jersey saw more than 12,000 accidents involving motorcyclists. In 2015 New Jersey saw 2,3000 accidents involving motorcyclists, 49 of which proved to be fatal.

Two New Jersey women die in dump truck accident

Dump trucks and other commercial vehicles are a common sight on highways. People expect that the operators of commercial trucks will take extra care to drive safely. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and devastating commercial vehicle accidents occur far too often.

For example, two women from New Jersey lost their lives when a dump truck overturned onto their vehicle in a neighboring state. The women, ages 50 and 59, died at the scene of the crash. In addition to these fatalities, two other individuals suffered critical injuries, and one other individual suffered moderate injuries. The operator of the dump truck did not suffer any injuries in the accident. The incident is being investigated by police, who are urging any witnesses to contact investigators.

Are motorcyclists safer with cell phone bans?

Many drivers fail to see motorcyclists on the road, which can leave riders vulnerable to serious injury. The risk becomes even greater if those drivers are using a cell phone behind the wheel.

Several states, including New Jersey, have imposed restrictions on cell phone use, but are those laws making a difference? A recent study shows that, for motorcyclists, the difference is a matter of life or death.

Severe TBIs could cause long-lasting damages

No one in New Jersey expects to be in car accident on any given day. However, motor vehicle accidents caused by negligent drivers happen every day, and can cause a person to suffer serious injuries, such as a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

A TBI takes place when a person experiences a serious hit or jolt to the head. TBIs can cause bruising of the brain, tear brain tissue and cause bleeding of the brain. A person who suffers a serious TBI can experience long-term complications or may even die because of the TBI.

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.

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

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