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November 2014 Archives

Charges upgraded in fatal pedestrian crash

According to court documents, the charges against a man accused of striking and killing a pedestrian have been upgraded. Authorities reported that the accident occurred in Ocean Township on Nov. 10. The 33-year-old defendant was initially charged with leaving the scene of an accident and DUI causing serious bodily injury. After receiving medical treatment for several days, the 61-year-old man who was struck died from his injuries on Nov. 17.

What happens if child custody, parenting time laws are violated?

Like other states, New Jersey has laws in place designed to penalize those who attempt to interfere with or violate the court's orders regarding child custody and parenting time. Interference with a parent's custody time order is criminally punishable. Violating a custody or parenting time order may additionally bring other consequences from the family court.

Pedestrian fatalities, injuries decrease in last decade

New Jersey residents may be shocked to learn that 12 pedestrians are killed nationwide every day in accidents involving motor vehicles. Plus, one pedestrian is injured every seven seconds by a motor vehicle. In 2012, that added up to 4,743 people killed and 76,000 injured, says the Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Information Center, quoting the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

2 siblings injured in hit-and-run

Two brothers in New Jersey were injured in a hit-and-run accident that occurred on Nov. 14. The incident happened around 9:50 p.m. in North Bergen. Investigators say a vehicle drove onto the curb, drove into the two pedestrians and fled the scene. The vehicle was described as missing the passenger-side mirror and having heavy damage in that area.

What is "Verbal Threshold" or "Limitation on Lawsuit" in my auto insurance policy?

In 1998 the NJ legislature through the lobbying efforts of insurance companies, established severe restrictions on your ability to bring a lawsuit, otherwise known as Limitation on Lawsuit or Verbal Threshold.

How medians and pedestrian crossing islands benefit road users

As many New Jersey residents may already know, many pedestrians in the state die due to traffic accidents each year. Those residents might be interested to know that, according to an analysis conducted by the Federal Highway Administration, medians and pedestrian crossing islands have proven themselves to be effective measures for preventing fatal pedestrian accidents.

Wrongful death suit related to fatal carjacking moves forward

On Nov. 6, a judge in New Jersey blocked an attempt by the owners of a shopping mall to prevent security footage from being publicly disclosed. The footage in question was recorded at a Short Hills mall on Dec. 15, 2013, the night that four men allegedly shot and killed a man in the mall's parking lot during a carjacking.

What To Do After A Car Accident

What should you do if you're in a car accident? When it happens, injuries may be severe and emotions high. However, there are important things to do at the scene of the accident and soon afterward. Below is a list of things to do after an accident, if possible. Keep this information handy by printing this helpful pamphlet on first steps after an auto accident and storing it in your car.

Who Pays The Medical Bills If You Are In A Car Accident?

Let's say you and a friend are in your car at a stop light waiting for the light to change and...BAM! You are hit from behind by a driver who was too busy texting on his phone. If you are thinking that surely such a negligent driver will have to pay the medical bills you incurred due to their carelessness, you are wrong.

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