In a move that could make each work day easier and safer for New Jersey truck drivers, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that a time-consuming daily paperwork requirement for the trucking industry has been dropped. Effective Dec. 18, truck drivers are no longer required to file pre- and post-trip vehicle inspection reports in cases when no violations or safety issues are discovered during the inspection.
Three people died in a truck accident on a New Jersey highway on Aug. 27. At least five other vehicles were involved, though only four people, including the truck driver, were sent to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
Authorities were investigating a two-car accident that killed all three occupants of one vehicle and sent the driver and passenger in the other vehicle to the hospital. Although only two vehicles collided, passengers on a NJ Transit bus suffered minor injuries after the bus stopped suddenly to avoid the wreckage.
The New Jersey Attorney General used the phrase "distracted driver decade" to describe the 10 years from 2004 to 2013, a period which saw 1.4 million motor vehicle accidents caused by driver inattention. Driver inattention was reportedly a major factor in more than 1,600 traffic fatalities over the same ten years. And the problem is getting worse, not better.
On March 9, at approximately 3:45 a.m., an accident involving three cars took the life of a young man from Linden, according to New Jersey State Police. The accident occurred on the Garden State Parkway near mile marker 137.9 heading southbound.
More than 15,500 Hyundai minivans, some sold in New Jersey, will be affected by a recent company recall dealing with a cold-weather corrosion issue. The front lower control arms may be affected by salt and water. The resulting loss of control in the vehicle could lead to a car accident.
Investigators are still trying to determine what led an elderly driver outside of a New Jersey Trader Joe's to strike an employee with her car on Nov. 13. At the time of the accident, the employee had been arranging shopping carts in front of the store. After being hit, the victim was pinned between the shopping carts and vehicle. According to witnesses at the scene, the driver sat in her vehicle in stunned silence after the crash.
A New Brunswick resident collided with four different vehicles while driving his 2001 Mercedes on the evening of Sept. 28. The driver's troubles began when he hit a Nissan traveling on Route 27 and left the scene. Then, traveling on Jersey Avenue, the man crashed his car into the rear of a 1995 Honda. Afterward, he hit two cars that were in front of the Honda.
Authorities in New Jersey have stated that a deceased 21-year-old woman was killed on Sept. 11 as she stood on the side of the road in Long Branch. It is believed that she had just been involved in a minor car accident on Joline Avenue when the fatal incident occurred.
An accident that occurred in New Jersey involving three cars resulted in one person being transported to the hospital. According to Chatham police, a 2013 BMW that was being driven by a 61-year-old man traveling west on Main Street at approximately 2:14 in the afternoon struck a 2012 Cadillac that was stopped in traffic, driven by a 58-year-old woman. The impact of the collision caused the woman's Cadillac to collide with the Dodge that was in front of it, driven by a 19-year-old man.