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I Was Hurt by a Falling Tree, Do I Have a Case?

Tragedy struck a Mother’s Day barbecue in New Jersey when a tree crashed down, striking six people. Five of the victims were injured, while a 28-year-old father of two died. The tree was knocked down by a storm that suddenly arose. Other trees as well as power lines were brought down in the storm as well. Is Anyone Liable When Trees Fall and Cause Injury? Did you know that there are more trees in the United States now than there were 100 years ago? Falling tree fatalities and injuries are much more common than you might think. Every year, approximately 100 people die when trees fall on them, and many more suffer serious injury. If you or a loved one have been hurt or killed by a falling tree, you might wonder if you can sue a property owner for damages. Sometimes, you can. To win a case involving a…
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Hundreds of Charges Filed in Hazing Death of NJ Man at Penn State

On February 2, Timothy Piazza, a New Jersey man attending a party at the Alpha Upsilon chapter house of Beta Theta Pi at Penn State experienced a series of injuries that ultimately led to his death two days later. An investigation of the circumstances of his death turned up evidence of heavy drinking, hazing and a cover up. The fraternity and 18 of its members now face charges numbering in the hundreds – involuntary manslaughter among others. The fraternity claimed to be a dry fraternity, though records showed over $1,000 was spent to purchase alcohol between Jan. 25 and Feb. 2, intended for use at the recruitment event where Piazza was injured. Phone chats through social media, as well as testimony from attendees of the event, confirmed that pledges to the frat were made to drink excessive amounts of alcohol in a short period of time, including a “gauntlet” involving…
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The Problem of Driver Fatigue: NJ Semi-Truck Crashes When Driver Falls Asleep

In late April, a semi-truck driving in South Brunswick ran off the road and took out a traffic light. Police said the driver had fallen asleep at the wheel. Fortunately, no one was injured. But the crash shines a light on a very real problem – driver fatigue. This is especially problematic for drivers of semi-trucks. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in 25 drivers aged 18 or older admits to having fallen asleep behind the wheel within the last 30 days. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 72,000 accidents, 44,000 injuries and 800 deaths resulted from drowsy driving in 2013. It is believed that these numbers may underestimate the issue. Drowsy Driving and Semi-Trucks Truck drivers are at high risk for driver fatigue based on the nature of the work. For the trucking industry, time is money, and drivers are essentially incentivized…
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