A responsible driver doesn't drink and drive. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a crime in all 50 states. If the impaired person is involved in car accidents, that person may be required to compensate any victims injured by the impaired person's negligence.
Across the country, many institutions will be promoting safe driving during April, which is National Distracted Driving Awareness month. The spotlight on this issue may not be brighter anywhere other than one New Jersey town, which is working to curb certain activities that put people in danger on the roads each day.
As you increase in age, your body changes. Your body can take longer to heal, recuperate and get back to normal after an accident. A hospital stay resulting from a car accident can be longer for an older person. And in some cases an elderly person is more at risk of being killed in an accident. If a loved one is killed in an accident, the aftermath can be difficult to grapple with. Fortunately, when a person is killed by another driver's negligence, New Jersey law allows surviving family members to recover monetary damages in a civil lawsuit.
Inclement weather can lead to crashes because sometimes drivers don't exercise proper caution. Actions that may be reasonable in good weather are not always reasonable when conditions are bad. Poor weather can be blamed for some crashes, but sometimes the driver is at fault for not changing his behavior to adapt to the weather. Car accidents can cause serious medical problems, including broken bones, long-lasting bruises and concussions.
A drunk driving accident in New Jersey has taken the life of a New York firefighter with more than 30 years of service. According to police, the drunk driver's car slammed into the motorcycle being driven by the victim, killing him on the scene. Police also stated this is the same location where a similar accident occurred just two weeks ago and witnesses say it is a problem area where speeders abound. The drunk driver was arrested and charged with second-degree vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated.
A young New Jersey man faces charges of vehicular homicide as well as drunk driving charges in connection with a recent fatal car collision that ended with two people dying and two others being transported to a nearby hospital with serious injuries.
When New Jersey residents are injured in a car accident, it is important to be able to show that another driver's negligence caused or contributed to the accident. This can be complicated when multiple vehicles are involved in a crash, but certain elements can still point to a driver's negligence.
A proposal pending before the New Jersey legislature would allow law enforcement officers investigating a car collision to demand and then inspect the cell phones of the motorists involved in the wreck. While some critics of this measure have raised constitutional concerns, it may mark a good first effort at reducing the number of deaths on the road attributable to behaviors like texting and driving or driving while talking on a cell phone.