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Family of a woman hit by a bus wins wrongful death lawsuit

In New Jersey and elsewhere, a pedestrian typically has the right of way. When a driver assumes the responsibility to operate a motor vehicle, he or she must follow all the traffic laws. Pedestrians trust that when they walk along the road or through a crosswalk that others will abide by the very laws set to protect them from danger. When a driver negligently causes a fatal pedestrian accident, a wrongful death claim may be filed in a New Jersey civil court by the victim's surviving family.

A school bus driver entered a busy and dangerous intersection in Fort Lee and hit the woman walking in the crosswalk. The woman was then dragged to her death as onlookers watched in horror. The victim owned a nearby restaurant.

Hit-and-run motor vehicle accidents often prove fatal

A young female passenger was found deceased from injuries suffered in a car crash. This motor vehicle accident took place on a busy and narrow street in New Jersey in the early hours of Jan. 27. The driver apparently fled the scene after crashing into a metal barrier and left her fatally injured friend without inquiring for help from emergency crews. It is hard for loved ones to endure the pain and anguish that results from tragic injuries or fatalities from motor vehicle accidents

The woman is charged with driving a vehicle without a proper license that resulted in a death and fleeing the scene of an accident which resulted in the death of her friend. She pleaded not guilty in a tearful arraignment in which she participated by video link from the Hudson County Jail. It is yet to be determined whether will be released on bail or detained while she faces prosecution.

Victims of New jersey motor vehicle accidents have rights

Most people will never experience the trauma of losing family members in a horrific car accident. Today, however, a family is grieving for the loss of their loved ones, and another family is holding a vigil at a hospital bedside, hoping for a miracle. Authorities are trying to determine why two cars collided head-on in southern New Jersey just before 5 p.m. on a recent Sunday. Vehicles that cross the road into oncoming traffic often cause serious, and fatal, motor vehicle accidents.

Authorities say a 71-year-old Pennsylvania man was driving westbound on Mullica Hill Road when he crossed into eastbound traffic, hitting another vehicle head-on. The impact of the crash caused that vehicle to flip onto its side against a light pole. A 61-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene, and a 64-year-old woman succumbed to her injuries on the way to the hospital. Both were from Essex Fells.

What to do after a serious motorcycle accident injury

Motorcyclists are some of the most vulnerable people on roadways. When a motorcycle accident involves another vehicle, it is most often a result of the other driver failing to see the motorcyclist. According to statistics from New Jersey's Department of Law & Public Safety, half of all motorcycle accidents occur at intersections. 

There are various steps drivers need to take following an accident, such as getting the other driver's insurance information and taking pictures of the scene. However, in the event the motorcycle accident results in a significant injury, then the rider may not be capable of taking such actions. If you find yourself in such a situation, here are the things you should still do following an accident. 

Slip and fall suit for New Jersey celebrity

One of the Real Housewives stars is facing a lawsuit after an incident at a rental property. The male star of the Real Housewives of New Jersey is facing the suit after a tenant claims that he broke an arm after a slip and fall on some ice at one of the man's properties. The premises liability case is not the only lawsuit that this celebrity has recently tackled, but he will have to contend with the damages that the plaintiff is claiming he received. 

The alleged incident of the slip and fall occurred in 2015 at a rental property owned by the defendant under a business name. It wasn't until 2017 that the lawsuit was filed in New Jersey. The celebrity, Mr. Joe Gorga, is still waiting on a court date. 

Wrongful death suit seeks $2.3M after elderly victim's fatal fall

When residents of New Jersey need assistance in caring for elderly loves ones, they often have no choice but to trust that whatever facility they choose is a safe environment staffed with compassionate and well-trained professionals. Tragically, this is sometimes not the case, and helpless senior citizens are the ones who pay a high price through physical pain and suffering or, sometimes, even their lives. In another state, a wrongful death lawsuit filed by a deceased individual's estate accuses the facility in which he was staying of negligence that directly led to his death.

According to the lawsuit, the 99-year-old man had an established, lengthy history of balance problems, decreased muscle coordination and falls. Because of this, nursing staff were supposed to assist him when he needed to move from place to place. Additionally, a bed alarm and alarmed floor mats were supposed to be in place. Despite all these safeguards that were supposed to be in place, the man suffered a serious fall that turned out to be fatal.

Flesh melted from medical malpractice prescription error

Most New Jersey residents put their trust in the hands of medical professionals and rely on proper treatments and medicine dosages to be prescribed. Medical staff are subjected to extensive education and training, which leaves patients with an unrelenting trust that the knowledge obtained will benefit their medical needs. When a patient is subjected to improper or a careless standard of care, it unravels the trust in the medical community. Sadly, many instances in which a wrong dosage of medication was prescribed to a patient have resulted in medical malpractice lawsuits due to the serious and sometimes fatal harm suffered by the victims.

A woman in another state suffered an unprecedented amount of loss when her flesh disintegrated from her body. The victim was submitted to a medication error from her doctor, and the pharmacy did not detect the fallacy. This horrid mistake forced her to be put into a medically induced coma. 

Fatal motor vehicle accidents especially tragic

In the early morning hours of a day in late December on a busy New Jersey highway, a multicar accident claimed the life of one man. He was not wearing a seatbelt, and the high-speed collision ejected him from his overturned vehicle, resulting in his death. Motor vehicle accidents that result in such tragic outcomes are devastating, not only for the victims but also for their surviving families.

The victim initially survived the crash but succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The 50-year-old had been a long-time community volunteer as an emergency medical technician. It was reported that another motorist lost control of his vehicle.

5 distractions that cause serious car accidents

Distractions while driving are deadly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 391,000 people suffered injuries in car accidents involving driver distractions. Many people multitask thinking they are not endangering themselves or others. Drivers who partake in this unsafe behavior can cause you to get into an accident and sustain serious injuries.

So, how are so many drivers distracted? Here are some of the top culprits that can lead to severe car crashes.

Cause of motor vehicle accidents not always apparent

Two individuals died in a multi-car accident in the early morning hours of a busy New Jersey highway on a Friday in December. Motor vehicle accidents involving fatalities are especially devastating during the holiday season. The collision in Middlesex County became a fiery scene, engulfing the cars that were involved in flames and leaving six other people injured. 

There were massive traffic delays and highway closures near the scene while emergency crews battled the flames and worked to rescue those involved. Authorities reported that six injured parties were transported to local hospitals. The injuries were not considered life-threatening.

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