State lawmakers in New Jersey recognize drunk driving as a serious statewide issue. They wish to reduce the risk to the public from intoxicated drivers while at the same time not placing an unreasonable burden on individuals trying to hold down jobs and take care of their families. To that end, the governor recently signed a bill into law that will expand the use of ignition interlock devices in addition to revising other drunk driving penalties.
Understandably, you likely expect your car to get you anywhere you need to go in New Jersey safely and without hiccups. Unfortunately, manufacturing errors do occur, and some can be dangerous. If your vehicle has a safety-related defect, you might even be dealing with an auto recall.
When another New Jersey driver hits your vehicle from behind, you may experience whiplash, which occurs when something causes your neck to move back and forth forcefully, causing damage to neck tendons and muscles. At Lieberman, Ryan & Forrest, L.L.C., we understand that rear-end collisions are a common cause of whiplash, and we have helped many clients who experienced whiplash and other injuries due to another driver’s negligence pursue appropriate recourse following a car crash.
Most people in New Jersey have seen, read or heard reports about tragic accidents that have happened in which tractor-trailers have collided with regular-sized passenger vehicles, motorcycles, pedestrians or bicyclists. It is not hard to understand how people in other vehicles, on bikes or on foot face serious disadvantages when these events happen. This is one of the reasons that the government has developed a series of rules designed to improve trucker and public safety.
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.
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.
For teenagers across New Jersey, the onset of summer typically means more time and freedom to do what they please. For everyone else, though, it means more teen drivers will be making their way to the state’s streets and highways, and this can mean big trouble for the motoring public. At Lieberman, Ryan & Forrest, L.L.C., we understand that road fatalities stemming from incidents involving teen drivers spike sharply during the summer, and we have helped many people involved in, or who lost loved ones in, crashes involving teenagers pursue recourse.
As a resident of New Jersey who has gotten into a crash, you may be suffering from symptoms of whiplash. Though whiplash is sometimes treated as an injury that is comparatively easy to handle, it can actually have a lasting impact on your health.
As a bicyclist in New Jersey, you already know you face numerous dangers when riding your bike. Whether you ride in congested areas or prefer to take your bike out in the country, an accident with a motor vehicle can be devastating. Being doored is just one of the many hazards that can unexpectedly come your way when you are on your bicycle.
Like many drivers in New Jersey and elsewhere, you may understand how easy it can be to get distracted while behind the wheel. A distraction you did not intend can come out of nowhere, such as a serious accident that is all too tempting to stare at as you go by. At the law office of Lieberman, Ryan & Forrest, L.L.C., we also understand the prevalence of driving distractions, as well as how dangerous they can be for you and others.