It was almost exactly one year ago when actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and several of his friends were hit by a Wal-Mart tractor-trailer while traveling on the New Jersey Turnpike after a show. Morgan's close friend and mentor, James "Jimmy Mack" McNair, was killed. Morgan sustained broken bones and a traumatic brain injury from which he has been unable to fully recover. Two other friends were also injured in the wreck.
At Lieberman, Ryan, Forrest & Voorhees, LLC, we represent individuals who have been injured in car accidents through no fault of their own. As such, we have seen virtually every kind of car accident scenario that exists. In our experience, pedestrian versus car accidents can be some of the worst in terms of the severity of injuries suffered by the pedestrian victims.
If you think the texting while driving trend is limited to teenagers, you haven't been watching. Maybe you've been distracted?
The unfortunate fact is that a lot of people get hurt at work, and sometimes they end up permanently disabled. As we've discussed before, people who suffer permanently disabling workplace injuries often qualify for both workers' compensation and Social Security disability benefits. It's perfectly legal -- and expected -- for people to apply for and receive both types of benefits; systems have been set up to account for it.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the statistics are clear. If you're a motorcyclist, the single most effective way to avoid getting seriously injured or killed in an accident is to wear a helmet. Indeed, making sure every rider wears a helmet on every ride is the CDC's top priority for motorcycle safety, and one way that has been accomplished is through the passage of helmet laws.
Unfortunately, workplace injuries and occupational illnesses aren't all that uncommon. Most people have the basic idea of what workers' compensation is: insurance that pays out if you get hurt or sick at work. But what is it, really?
According to court documents, Walmart claims Tracy Morgan, an actor and comedian who suffered critical injuries in a June accident on the New Jersey Turnpike, is in large part to blame for the injuries he suffered during the incident, which involved a semi-truck belonging to the big box retailer. In response to a personal injury lawsuit filed by Morgan in July, Walmart recently filed documents stating that neither Morgan nor the other passengers in Morgan's limo bus were wearing seat belts at the time of the incident.
A multi-vehicle wreck on the New Jersey Turnpike on June 7 claimed the life of one person and injured four others, including the actor and comedian Tracy Morgan. Altogether, six vehicles were involved in the auto accident, and the driver of a semi-truck that caused the incident was charged with four counts of assault by auto and one count of death by auto, according to authorities.
A 25-year-old man hit a 49-year-old man who was crossing the street in Washington Township on March 8th. The man who was hit reportedly sustained leg and hip injuries as a result of the auto accident. According to police, the driver from Lopatcong was traveling in a Toyota Matrix at approximately 3:35 p.m. on Route 46 west and approaching the Target Driver intersection when he saw the pedestrian enter the roadway from a shoulder on the westbound lane. The driver was not able to stop before he hit the man. The injured pedestrian was taken to a medical center in Hackettstown. Police say that a crosswalk was available in the area but that the man did not use it.
When a vehicle strikes a pedestrian, the result is often serious injury or death. Families that lose a loved one to an auto accident can suffer greatly from the loss of companionship. In many cases, the bereaved may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, as well as for the loss of the deceased's potential future income.