Monthly Archives: October 2017

What Do I Do If I a Guardrail Fails and I Am Injured?

One young boy was killed and another was injured after they fell from a balcony in Perth Amboy early this month. The accident occurred just after 5 p.m. According to investigators, the two friends, one 9-year-old and a 13-year-old, were playing on the balcony while adults visited inside the home. And then, for an unknown reason, the balcony railing gave way. Both boys fell and suffered serious injuries. At the hospital, the 9-year-old died. What could have been done? Was this a tragic accident, or could the breaking of the guardrail have been a foreseeable risk? Explaining Premises Liability Laws in New Jersey Broken railings on balconies, staircases and other areas can lead to fall-related catastrophic or even fatal injuries. Sometimes, these accidents are simply that, but in other cases, victims may be able to file a lawsuit against the owner of the guardrail. For a property owner to be…
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NJ Transit to Test Positive Train Control (PTC) Safety Device

New Jersey Transit recently received approval to begin testing positive train control (PTC) on one of its train lines. PTC is a system that automatically slows or stops trains to prevent them from speeding or running past stop signals. It is designed to stop train-to-train collisions, derailments, train movements through misaligned switches and unauthorized train entry into work zones. It does this through the use of GPS, wireless radio and computers. NJ Transit is required to implement PTC by the end of 2018, though whether it will meet the deadline is unknown. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), PTC could have prevented several fatal train accidents, including a Metro-North derailment in 2013 and an Amtrak derailment in 2015. The organization is still investigating whether PTC could have prevented the devastating Hoboken train crash in September 2016, which killed one person and injured 114. According to the Federal Railroad…
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A Harrowing Roller Coaster Ride on El Diablo Leads to Lawsuit

The high-speed thrills of rollercoasters bring thousands of Americans to amusement parks every summer. But sometimes those thrills turn to terror, as occurred at Six Flags Great Adventure in 2015. At the Jackson Township park, a juvenile girl named Rachel boarded El Diablo, a red-and-yellow behemoth that opened earlier that year. The coaster consists of a massive seven-story loop, which the car speeds around the inside of over and over again. Rachel was expecting an exhilarating experience as the car picked up momentum and spun her body a full 360 degrees. But instead, Rachel suffered serious, severe and permanent injuries from El Diablo, according to a lawsuit against the park. Her injuries, including shoulder, cervical, thoracic and lumbar strains and sprains, occurred as she hung onto her shoulder restraints for dear life after her lap restraint disengaged. For loop after loop, the girl clung for her life, her body shaken…
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