Category Archives: Car Accidents

Car accidents kill millions of people each year and can be caused by a number of factors, including drunk driving, distracted driving and reckless driving.

SUV Rollover Accidents: Liability for Defective Design?

Sport utility vehicles have a reputation for being generally safer than standard passenger cars. But don’t be fooled – SUVs are certainly better at protecting passengers from car accidents, but carry some hidden dangers of their own. On New Year’s Day, a driver on the Garden State Parkway was seriously injured when his SUV rolled over unexpectedly. The vehicle then caught fire, and the driver was rushed to nearby Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Was it a defect in the vehicle that caused the rollover? The investigation is ongoing, but even if there was nothing wrong with the car, SUVs do have a greater risk of rolling due to the high center-of-gravity, narrower track width and some SUV designs. Rollover Accident Stats In the United States, there are approximately 11,000 fatal rollover accidents per year. Only around 2 percent of motor vehicle accidents involve rollovers. However, a stunning 35 percent…
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Zackhary’s Law Could Bring About Hit-and-Run Emergency Alert System

Hit-and-run injuries are often devastating, leaving victims with catastrophic injuries such as lacerations, bruises, broken bones, spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury. And when the perpetrator flees, this often leaves the victims with little recourse in the way of seeking damages from the at-fault party. With this in mind, New Jersey lawmakers are looking to adopt an emergency alert system to identify and apprehend hit-and-run offenders. Working much like the Amber and Silver alerts, the yellow “Zack Alert” would broadcast messages about the location of a hit-and-run accident, allowing the public to assist in locating the perpetrators of hit-and-run injuries. Systems like this are in place in several U.S. states, including California, Colorado, Maryland, Wisconsin and Nevada. The bill, A4184, known as Zackhary’s Law, after Zackhary Simmons of Ramsey, N.J., who died in June after a hit-and-run accident. What Do I Do After a Hit and Run? Seek medical attention….
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Do Seat Belts Actually Make School Buses Safer?

You might not know this if you’ve never ventured far from New Jersey, but we are one of only six states in the country that requires school buses to have seat belts. That might seem outrageous given how important seat belts are to protecting drivers and passengers from serious injury in crashes. If passenger vehicles all have seat belts, why are we not doing everything we can to protect our children from bus crash injuries? Do Seat Belts Make School Buses Safer? The answer is more nuanced than you might think. Federal law requires school bus seat belts only on buses that weigh less than 10,000 pounds, and your typical school bus will exceed that weight. Why do small buses need seat belts, but not large buses? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration performed a cost/benefit analysis and determined that the costs of equipping every school bus with seat belts…
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