The grass is growing rapidly, and the children are looking for something to do - why not let them take the lawn mower out for a spin? Not so fast. New research suggests that parents should think twice before letting their children use lawn mowers - and before using a lawn mower when young children are nearby.
Motorists in New Jersey might benefit from understanding which days of the year are the most dangerous be on the road. Statistics and data make it evident that several holidays and a number of unique days present higher risks for anyone on the roadways. Memorial Day weekend is considered to be the riskiest time of the year to be in a car. The rate of traffic deaths during this weekend is more than 13 percent higher than the average weekend.
New Jersey residents may benefit from a recent study on distracted driving that was conducted by the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety. The study found that taking their eyes off of the road, even for just two seconds, could be extremely dangerous for drivers, especially those going 70 miles per hour. In fact, during those two seconds, a driver going that fast will have covered 200 feet, which is about half the length of a football field.
On April 26 around 8:30 a.m., a collision occurred in East Greenwich in which two 22-year-old women were killed. The driver of one vehicle is one of the deceased; she was a resident of Pennsauken. Her front seat passenger, who was from Berlin, also died. Both women were thrown from the car, and police reported that they died at the scene.
Several people were injured when a car collided with a New Jersey Transit bus in Newark on May 1. The crash happened shortly before 2 a.m.
According to a spokesperson with the Hudson County Sheriff's Office, a 27-year-old man was struck and critically injured by a New Jersey Transit bus on April 17. The incident occurred around 5:50 a.m. at the intersection of Bergenline Avenue and 90th Street in North Bergen.
On April 16, a 43-year-old New Jersey woman was handed several criminal charges stemming from a hit-and-run accident that had taken place one week earlier. According to New Jersey State Police, the accused woman struck a man in Bloomfield and then left the scene of the accident. The 63-year-old man who was hit by the woman's vehicle was seriously injured.
The World Health Organization estimates that between 250,000 and 500,000 people suffer spinal cord injuries worldwide each year. Of these injuries, an estimated 90 percent occur as a result of car accidents, violence and falls. New Jersey drivers are just as prone to spinal cord injuries as anyone else, with devastating financial, mental, emotional and physical consequences. Among other potential problems, the organization notes that people with these types of injuries are at a greatly increased risk of premature death from a number of complications.
According to New Jersey state police officers, a 71-year-old New York City man allegedly fell asleep behind the wheel of his car, causing a chain reaction collision involving four vehicles. The incident happened on the Garden State Parkway on April 6 around 8:30 p.m. in the highway's left lane near mile marker 168.5.
The New Jersey State Police reported a fatal two-vehicle accident took place in Hamilton Township on March 20. The crash occurred at around 1:29 p.m. on the Atlantic City Expressway when a 35-year-old man lost control of his vehicle. Two people died in the collision that happened at mile-marker 20.4 on the westbound side of the expressway.