As many New Jersey drivers may know, sleepiness is often involved in car accidents. According to a joint effort by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Institutes of Health, sleepiness may cause crashes as a result of driver impairment.
On the night of Feb. 9, icy road surfaces on the New Jersey Turnpike in Cranbury caused two tractor trailers to swing out of control as they attempted to slow down to avoid accidents. The resulting accidents included 40 vehicles in total and killed one 52-year-old Bordentown man.
A Jackson man was critically injured after the SUV he was riding in was struck head-on by another vehicle in Franklin. The accident happened shortly before 4:30 p.m. on Franklin Avenue near Norma Avenue.
According to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, many changes need to be made to improve trucker safety. Such changes include anti-collision technology, better hours for truckers and better regulation of companies with high accident rates. These are among 100 recommendations that the NTSB says have been ignored despite fatality rates increasing over the past several years.
New Jersey residents may be unaware of a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning distracted driving. According to the federal agency, distracted driving can be caused by a number of circumstances, including using a cellphone, texting while driving or eating in the car. Texting while driving may be one of the most dangerous types of distractions.
A 45-year-old Mt. Arlington man may have been driving under the influence of drugs when he crashed head-on into another vehicle in Frankford on Dec. 24. New Jersey State Police said they found suspected narcotics in his car.
New Jersey provides workers' compensation benefits to individuals who have been harmed or injured at or due to their jobs. This compensation includes coverage of medical care, up to 70 percent of lost wages due to recovery time and may also include monetary awards if someone is disabled as a result of their injury.
On Aug. 13, a 48-year-old man who allegedly dragged a woman with his vehicle for three blocks entered a not guilty plea to charges of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and vehicular homicide. The fatal incident reportedly occurred at a farmers' market in Hawthorne on Aug. 10.
A Honda sedan crashed into a building in Ridgefield around 1:30 a.m. on July 24, killing one occupant of the vehicle and seriously injuring the driver and another passenger. All three victims were taken to the hospital where one passenger, a 20-year-old man, was declared dead.
In December 2013, a temporary worker at a New Jersey bottling plant was injured after falling from a ladder. The incident resulted in a number of fines levied against the bottling company and a temporary worker agency by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.