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3-vehicle motorcycle accident kills New Jersey man

In addition to cars and trucks, motorcycles can also collide with other motorcycles. Sometimes a motorcyclist may collide with both another bike and a car or truck at the same time. That is what happened at the end of June in Holmdel, New Jersey, on the Garden State Parkway, and a 38-year-old motorcyclist lost his life as a result. 

Prior to his death, the motorcyclist had worked for a real estate agency. The agency, in turn, created a crowdfunding page to help his family with funeral expenses. The agency describes its one-time employee as a warm-hearted, selfless individual who frequently touched the lives of others. 

Commuting cyclists can stay safe with these tips

Bicycle commuting is growing in popularity with each passing year. Not only is it an efficient form of transportation, but it can also save you money.

The primary concern among commuting cyclists is safety. Since you don't have much protection, any accident can cause serious injury or death.

N.J. legislature votes to require IIDs for all DWIs

The current New Jersey law, enacted in 2010, requires the installation of ignition interlock devices for first-time DWIs with a blood alcohol concentration that meets or exceeds 0.15%, as well as all alleged repeat offenders. Ignition interlock devices reportedly prevented approximately 13,500 drivers from operating a vehicle while intoxicated last year alone. However, advocacy groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving believe that the current law does not go far enough and have pushed lawmakers to make ignition interlock devices a requirement for all DWI offenses. 

Approximately three weeks ago, the New Jersey state legislature approved a bill that would require people who incur a DWI to install IIDs on their vehicles in lieu of suspending their driver's licenses. The bill passed the state Assembly 75 to two and the state Senate 28 to five. It will become law if the governor chooses to sign it. 

Wildlife charges for man keeping alleged "attack squirrel"

When people in New Jersey think of pets that may be prone to attack humans, their minds probably turn first to dogs. However, individuals may keep any number of animals with the capacity to bite. An Alabama man kept a squirrel, which he claimed to have raised from a baby, in a cage in his apartment. He now faces charges from state authorities for violating a law prohibiting the possession of wild rodents. 

Last week, law enforcement gained a search warrant for the man's apartment in relation to a separate, unrelated charge. Before exercising the warrant, authorities received a tip-off that the occupant kept an aggressive squirrel in a cage within the apartment. According to the tipster's account, in order to maintain the so-called "attack squirrel's" aggression, the man fed it methamphetamine. 

Group of bikers collide with truck; 7 die

With summer now officially underway, motorcycle enthusiasts in New Jersey and all across the nation are eager to get out and enjoy the thrill of the open road. However, while riding a motorcycle can be very pleasurable, it is not without its risks unfortunately. Any vehicle can be involved in an accident but the severity of the injuries received by a biker may always be worse than for a person in a car due to their inherent lack of protection.

Sadly, there are today 10 bikers who provide fresh examples of this tragic fact. According to a report by CBS News, the motorcyclists were all part of a group that largely included members of the U.S. Marine Corps and their spouses. While riding along a stretch of Route 2 in New Hampshire, they collided with a pickup truck. No details have yet been provided as to what precipitated the collision.

Drunk drivers a continual problem in New Jersey

For many decades now, advocacy groups, law enforcement agencies and others have worked tirelessly to raise awareness about the dangers of driving after consuming alcohol. Sadly, there are a lot of people in New Jersey who prefer to ignore these messages and instead make negligent and selfish choices with no regard for the safety or feelings of others.

According to records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, New Jersey lost 125 lives at the hands of drunk drivers in 2017. That represented one out of every five vehicular fatalities in the state that year. The previous year, 137 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents in which alcohol was identified as a contributing factor. That was 30 more than in 2015 when 107 such deaths were recorded.

Top tips for staying safe as a New Jersey pedestrian

The warm summer months are a perfect time to get a little exercise and save money by walking to where you want to be. Most medical professionals agree that walking can be very good for your health. Unfortunately, there are also risks that come with traveling on foot. New Jersey pedestrians, in particular, are at high risk.

There are risks with any sort of transportation. Those who ride in cars or on bikes can also wind up hurt. However, pedestrians are uniquely vulnerable, as they do not have the protection of any kind of vehicle in the event of a collision. Knowing that risk for injury may be higher is a good reason to do your best to reduce your potential for an accident on any given outing.

What dangers do forklifts pose?

New Jersey construction site workers like you deal with plenty of dangerous machines, equipment and objects every day. Unfortunately, that comes with some measure of risk. Today, Lieberman, Ryan & Forrest, L.L.C., will examine the risks inherent in the use of forklifts and how they can harm you.

Forklifts are not known for being fast. They are, however, quite bulky and heavy. This makes crush injuries the most common when discussing forklift incidents. But how does a person end up crushed by a forklift? It can happen in many ways. If there is poor visibility, a driver can easily end up striking another worker or even a bystander who is not aware of the danger. Visibility can be affected by weather, the amount of items being carried, and whether or not workers are wearing proper visibility attire.

What common summer risks could endanger your child?

It is good for your children to get outside and play during the summer months, but, as you know, there are also dangers that can threaten your children when they go outside without supervision. This does not mean that you must keep an eye on your children all the time, especially if they are older. However, you and other New Jersey residents may want to learn about summer risks for children, as well as how attractive nuisance law can protect them.

According to FindLaw, the most common dangers from neighborhood properties that children can encounter during the summer may include the following:

  • Backyard swimming pools and other water features
  • Riding lawnmowers and power tools
  • Ditches and tunnels
  • Debris and refuse pits
  • Aggressive dogs

New Jersey dog owner responsible for attack that kills other dog

When New Jersey residents take their dogs for a walk, one of the last things they expect is for another dog to appear and attack. Aggressive dogs can pose a danger not only to people, but to other pets as well. It can be terrifying and heartbreaking to witness a beloved pet being attacked by another dog, especially if the attack results in the loss of the pet. In these situations, pet owners may be helpless in protecting their pets from an attack in progress. Sadly, this scenario occurred recently in the Atlantic Highlands.

As the Ashbury Park Press reported, a dog was attacked last May while on a walk with its owner. Reportedly, another dog escaped from a fenced backyard and went after the leashed dog. The injured dog was rushed to an animal hospital, but tragically succumbed to its injuries later that day. Authorities held the attacking dog’s owners responsible for owning a potentially dangerous dog and allowing it to escape. Additionally, they were told to secure their backyard to prevent further escapes. The breed of dog responsible for the attack was unknown.

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