Middlesex County and New Jersey Trial Lawyers BLOG

Five Tips to Prevent a Thanksgiving Accident

If you are hosting people for Thanksgiving this week, make sure you plan ahead to ensure the safety of your guests.  Many people do not realize it, but when you invite people over for holiday gatherings, you are taking on some liabilities. Accidents during parties can include slip-and-falls and fires, which can lead to devastating injuries. Additionally, if you serve alcohol or food during your party, you may take on liability if someone gets sick due to food poisoning or is involved in a drunk driving accident. With this in mind, here are some safety tips to avoid an accident at your home this Thanksgiving: Avoid leaving stoves or fireplaces unattended, as many fires result from flammable items that are left unwatched. In fact, it is estimated by some home insurers that cooking mishaps cause about 69 percent of Thanksgiving Day fires nationwide. Make sure all pathways are clear of…
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Why Was a Lawsuit Filed Over Mount Olive Truck Accident?

According to NJ.com, a lawsuit has been filed in connection to a 2013 gasoline tanker crash in Mount Olive that left a woman dead. The news outlet reported that the lawsuit was filed on behalf of the victim in the Superior Court in Middlesex County, naming the driver of the truck and JAZ Trucking Corp. of North Edison, as defendants. The lawsuit claims the truck driver caused the woman’s injuries when he was driving dangerously and carelessly. It says that the driver “did not have the truck under control and caused the vehicle to go into the opposite lane of traffic,” where it crashed into the woman’s vehicle. The woman, 27, a mother to a young daughter, was gravely injured in the crash, which shut down the highway for several hours, as officials had to clean up hazardous materials. She died less than 24 hours after the accident. The driver…
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Do Medical Conditions Cause Vehicle Accidents?

Did you know that medical emergencies cause vehicle accidents? These emergencies can include blackouts, heart attacks or seizures. In some cases, the emergencies are unexpected, causing drivers lose the ability to control a vehicle as they struggle with their ailment. In other cases, drivers have a history of complications and they continue to drive anyways, putting other people on the road at-risk. In a 2009 study, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that medical emergencies caused about 1.3 percent of all vehicle crashes occurring nationally. Among these crashes, 84 percent of drivers had experienced “seizures, blackouts or diabetic reactions” prior to the impact of an accident. Of the accidents reported due to medical emergencies, the NHTSA reported that 62 percent of were single-vehicle accidents. Additionally, most crashes caused by medical emergencies occur between 6 a.m. and 11:59 a.m. “Drivers in crashes precipitated by medical emergencies were more likely…
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