Anyone in New Jersey who has ever been in a vehicle accident, even a minor fender bender, is likely to be very concerned about safety features when shopping for a new car. Today's vehicle technology is advancing at a rapid rate and many new features are being added to vehicles that provide automated assistance to drivers. It is said that improving safety is the reason for these technologies, but one might wonder just how safe they really are.
The physical toll of a motor vehicle accident can be devastating for victims and their friends and family members. Not only do many people suffer broken bones, deep cuts and other injuries that are immediately recognizable after a collision, but some may suffer in ways that do not become evident until later on. For example, someone may hit their head in a crash but appear to be perfectly normal at the accident scene. Weeks or months later, they may begin to notice that they are struggling with persistent headaches.
Despite widespread public awareness campaigns about the dangers of drunk driving, many people in New Jersey continue to make the negligent and risky choice to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after they have consumed alcohol. With the holiday season in full swing, a multitude of parties and other gatherings will be happening in the coming weeks that will likely see a significant number of people driving after drinking.
With winter finally here, drivers in New Jersey are waking to find snow-covered roads and other weather-related hazards. Safe driving is a must in this case, as careless behavior behind the wheel can easily lead to accidents when conditions are poor. Accordingly, the following tips will help you stay safe and sound this holiday season.
When people suffer fatal injuries because of a car accident in New Jersey, it is always devastating and disheartening for the loved ones of the deceased. However, these types of situations become significantly more tragic when the victims are innocent and the accident was preventable.
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.