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How many car accidents are there in New Jersey?

You know that car accidents are very common, considering the fact that they take more than 35,000 lives every year in the United States. But you also know that states like Texas and California add to these overall statistics significantly simply because of their large populations. They have more cars, more roads, more people and more accidents.

To really understand the car accident risks that you face in New Jersey, you need to look at the state-specific statistics. The most current ones on record are from 2016, and they show that:

  • There were a total of 256,482 car accidents in that year alone.
  • While most crashes were minor -- a trend you will find everywhere -- they still meant that 59,096 accidents led to injuries.
  • On top of that, 602 people lost their lives. These deaths came in 571 accidents, showing that most fatal incidents just take one life, but you do have some cases with multiple fatalities.
  • In 2015, there were 40 fewer fatalities, showing that the roads were getting more dangerous with time.

Dog bite injuries might lead to civil law suit

Police in New Jersey recently reminded dog owners that it is their responsibility to secure their properties to prevent their dogs from escaping. Residents must not let their dogs off their properties without them being leashed to avoid passersby suffering dog bite injuries. This followed a recent incident when police were called to an incident in which a woman was walking her leashed dog when a pair of dogs escaped their owner's home and attacked her dog.

Reportedly, a similar incident happened earlier this year when these two dogs also attacked the same woman's dog. However, on that occasion, the woman also received dog bites when she tried to stop the fight. Authorities say dogs can roam freely on their owners' properties, but secure fencing must keep them from escaping. While walking their dogs, people must keep their dogs away from other dogs, and also from children, and even adults.

Risks of car accidents increase after end of Daylight Saving Time

Safety authorities say for a while after the clocks are turned back when Daylight Savings Time ends, the number of drowsy driving incidents on the nation's roads, including New Jersey, increases each year. Although many people enjoy that extra hour of sleep, others will find themselves driving to work in the dark. It takes most people some time to adjust to the changes, and car accidents are reportedly more prevalent during this time.

The glare of oncoming headlights can cause moments of temporary blindness for drivers in the dark. Also, their peripheral vision, color recognition and depth perception are typically compromised. The National Safety Council says a significant number of drivers say shift work, long work hours, low quality sleep and sleep disorders have caused them to drive while drowsy, and some even admitted to falling asleep behind the wheel.

Car accidents: Teen driver dead, 2 injured in crash with big rig

Losing a teenage child is naturally a traumatic experience for parents, especially when they do not know exactly how it happened. This might be the case in the death of a 17-year-old New Jersey girl, who died in one of those car accidents that need reconstruction to determine how it happened. Authorities report that the deadly crash occurred shortly before 9:40 a.m. on a recent Friday.

Under circumstances yet to be determined, the teenager collided with a container truck on Route 19 in Patterson. Along with her in the car were three other teens, all of whom were transported to a hospital. The conditions of two passengers were critical, and they were admitted. Reportedly, the driver soon succumbed to her injuries. There were no mention of injuries to the operator of the big rig.

Premises liability lawsuit follows Legionnaires' infection

Legionella bacteria cause a deadly type of pneumonia called Legionnaires' disease. Health officials issued a statement in which they confirmed that 94 people from various states, including New Jersey, became infected with this bacteria at a fair and were hospitalized. Four of those people have died so far. One of the victims who was infected has now filed a premises liability lawsuit.

Reportedly, two hot tub vendors displayed and demonstrated their products at the fair. The legionella bacteria can be present in tiny droplets from a mist, such as that emitted by industrial air conditioners, as well as hot tubs. The bacteria can live in the water pipes of the equipment. The man who filed the claim alleges the hot tub manufacturers failed to maintain their products during the exhibition, exposing the public to the deadly bacteria.

Falling at work could mean broken bones and lost wages

Whether you go up and down the ladder at a construction site or simply have to climb a set of stairs to reach your office every day, elevations at work create a risk for falling. Most healthy adults won't think much of their risk for a fall at work. After all, the average fall results in a little more than a bump or a bruise.

However, falls are a major risk factor in various work environments. Also, the older you get, the greater the risk that a fall poses for your overall well-being. For adults getting close to retirement age, a fall at work could be the difference between securing your full retirement and needing to change your line of work.

Workers' compensation claims will likely follow electrocution

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an investigation into a fatal workplace accident that occurred in New Jersey on a recent Friday morning. The incident happened at a worksite in Woodbridge Township shortly before 8 a.m. One worker lost his life, and two others suffered severe injuries, and workers' compensation benefits claims will likely follow.

According to an incident report, workers were putting up a scaffolding structure when one of the poles was blown over by the wind. The structure was close enough to an overhead power line for the pole to make contact as it fell over. Two of the workers noticed the imminent danger and grabbed the pole to prevent it from falling onto the high tension wire.

Law protects NJ children from bullying at school

Childhood bullying has probably been around the entirety of human existence. Children who are bullied by their peers may fear for their safety, develop anxiety and depression disorders and have difficulty concentrating in school. Bullying is especially significant in modern times due to social media and the Internet having such a strong impact on students’ lives. Not only can New Jersey students be bullied in school, but the harmful behavior can continue anytime as their tormentors harass them online.

New Jersey’s lawmakers have recognized the ongoing prevalence of bullying and its concerning ability to impact children’s mental and physical health. According to, the state’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act makes it mandatory for all New Jersey public school districts to adopt anti-bullying policies pertaining to school property, functions sponsored by schools and on school buses. Schools must also develop procedures to investigate and handle acts of bullying. Additionally, Mallory’s Law, introduced this year, proposes to make parents or guardians of minors guilty of harassment civilly liable.

Those injured before retirement may need disability benefits

While you probably have a plan in place for financing your retirement, you may not have really considered the potential for winding up disabled before you are old enough or have saved enough to retire.

Most people don't like to consider the worst-case scenario, and even those who do probably haven't put much thought into what will happen if they wind up permanently injured because of a workplace accident or car crash. That can leave them unprepared for dealing with the financial reality of a serious medical condition.

Can a motorcycle crash lead to a crush injury?

New Jersey motorcyclists understand that you are more at risk than other vehicles simply because of the lack of protection you have compared to covered cars. We at Lieberman, Ryan & Forrest, L.L.C, are here to discuss the possibility of crush injuries among motorcycle riders.

Crush injuries are defined as any injury that occurs as the result of pressure or force being put on a body part. Generally speaking, this can occur when you or a part of your body is trapped between two hard surfaces.

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