Many take to Ocean County's roads every day with the understanding that the potential exists for them to encounter dangerous drivers. Most tend to classify "dangerous drivers" that those who drive while impaired or intoxicated, or people who choose to text or use their phones while driving. The stigma and potential penalties associated with such activities might deter many from doing them, thus seemingly diminishing the number of potentially dangerous drivers on the road. In reality, however, countless people engage in distracting activities that can cause them to become equally as dangerous those who text or drink while driving.
There is a reason why the car accidents that occur in Ocean County are referred to as "accidents." This may prompt you to be understanding towards whomever caused the collision that you were involved in. Yet what if it is discovered that said driver should not have been operating a vehicle at all (either due to his or her own demonstrated incompetence behind the wheel, or not having a drivers' license)? Your frustrations may not only be directed at the driver, but also to whomever gave him or her access to a vehicle in the first place.
Given the danger that drunk drivers pose to other motorists in Ocean County, you might question how is that such people are allowed to driver after drinking. You might expect one's friend or acquaintance to not allow him or her to get behind the wheel after having had one too many, yet what about those establishments that serve alcohol to patrons? Should they share in the liability if those patrons then drive and subsequently cause accidents? Such is the question that many have brought to us here at Silvi, Fedele & Honschke Attorneys at Law.
On a daily basis, people employed in various fields run the risk of being involved in a motor vehicle collision while they drive to or from work or run errands for their employer. However, some workers, such as rideshare drivers, face a particularly high chance of being involved in a motor vehicle crash. Moreover, these accidents can be especially damaging for rideshare drivers for various reasons. As a result, it is important for you to be aware of the risks associated with this line of work if you are a rideshare driver or are considering this career path.
Every year in the U.S., many thousands of people die in vehicle accidents, several hundred of them in New Jersey, while those injured in car crashes number several million, according to Fortune magazine. Along with this tragic cost in lives comes a cost to society. A very real financial cost that in 2016 was $432 billion. This total accounts for property damage, medical expenses, administrative expenses and lost wages and productivity. Worse even than these costs is the knowledge that many accidents can be avoided.
On the road, many different risks are present. For example, drivers have to watch out for the recklessness of other drivers, poor weather conditions, and other hazards such as downed signs. However, it is essential to realize that wildlife can pose a serious risk, especially in certain parts of the country. Sadly, a large animal can run onto the road, giving a driver little time to come to a stop or avoid a collision. When this occurs, a fatal crash may follow, causing incredible suffering.
Ocean County residents may often believe that the strength of their own driving skills will help them to avoid accidents out on the road. While defensive driving may certainly help reduce the chances of one causing a collision, he or she may have little control over the actions of others on the road. Sadly, the negligent choices of a select few while behind the wheel can often produce devastating consequences for others. Those consequences may range from extensive damage to a vehicle to serious injuries or (in some cases) even death.
New Jersey news media is reporting that a new study claims that drowsy drivers can be just as dangerous to other motorists as drunk or drugged drivers. The AAA study says that drowsy driving causes many more motor vehicle accidents, injuries and fatalities than was previously believed.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls from heights continue to be the leading cause of preventable death for construction workers. Winter weather hazards like icy surfaces, extremely low temperatures, and weather-related factors like wind or freezing rain can all contribute to worker illness and injury.
Snow, ice and black ice are common dangers that New Jersey drivers may experience while on the roads during the winter months. Black ice may be especially dangerous because it isn't always apparent that it is there until a driver loses control of a vehicle. It may be possible to avoid accidents and other winter driving dangers by allowing more time to reach a destination.