Many New Jersey riders would agree that operating a motorcycle requires special skills beyond those needed to drive a car. If an individual is not familiar with what it takes to control a motorcycle, yet rides one anyway, it could put everyone on the roadway in danger. If an accident occurs that is the rider's fault, it could be considered negligence.
New Jersey drivers are often warned to take extra precautions in construction zones in order to avoid accidents that could kill or seriously injure workers. However, that does not mean that the workers themselves do not have the same responsibility to motorists. Construction workers operating vehicles in these zones also need to be cautious because their negligence could result in an accident in which someone is injured or killed.
What happens to a vehicle during an accident is unpredictable. In some car accidents, the wreckage itself makes it difficult to extricate the victims, but the position of the vehicle can also complicate matters. This can make it a challenge for emergency responders in New Jersey to get to the victims in order to provide life-saving medical care.
In some cases, New Jersey law enforcement officials have a difficult time discerning how an accident occurred. This is often because the factors involved in some car accidents are not readily identifiable based on where the vehicles came to rest. Additional investigation and even an accident reconstruction may be necessary in order to ascertain the cause of the crash.
Driving at a high-rate of speed can be dangerous for a well traveled driver -- let alone for a teenager who does not have adequate experience at driving. Teenagers tend to believe they are invincible, and this can contribute to recklessness behind the wheel. This deadly combination of inexperience and speed is being blamed in an accident in which a New Jersey family lost a loved one.
For some people, an inflated sense of confidence and invincibility seems to be a side effect of consuming alcohol. When combined with driving, this drunken overconfidence could easily lead to serious car accidents. New Jersey State Police believe this may have been the case in a recent crash on Route 80 East.
Without a doubt, drunk driving accidents are preventable. However, even though drinking and driving is considered to be a choice, establishments that continue to serve alcohol to customers who appear "visibly intoxicated" might bear some of the responsibility under New Jersey's dram shop liability laws if patrons are involved in car accidents. For example, a Jersey Shore bar recently pleaded no contest regarding a state enforcement action and will have to pay $500,000 in fines and suffer a 30-day suspension for serving alcoholic beverages to a patron who left the bar and was involved in a collision. Separately, the bar could face claims for financial liability in any civil action that may be filed as a result of that accident.
Most New Jersey residents understand that it is crucial to remain vigilant while driving the state's highways. The majority of accidents on highways are due to driver error. However, some car accidents are caused by something completely unexpected such as an object falling off a truck or vehicle. Even skilled drivers may not be able to avoid these potentially lethal projectiles.
Each year, New Jersey officials calculate the total number of accidents that occur around the state. Further analysis of the car accidents tabulates certain factors such as crashes involving fatalities, speed and impairment, among other things. Sometimes, a wreck will fit into several categories, which could be the case with a recent fatal accident that took place on Route 31 near Route 518.
New Jersey has seen its share of inclement weather this winter. Snow storms blanketed the state and its roadways, which caused travel to become treacherous at times. Officials urged residents on more than one occasion to stay off the roads if possible and, if not, to take extra precautions. Under these circumstances, an accident could easily be caused by a driver's negligence.