Category Archives: Wrongful Death
The state of New Jersey has its own laws concerning wrongful death lawsuits. New Jersey defines a “wrongful death” as a death caused by wrongful action, negligence, or disregard of another party. In other words, a wrongful death claim is equal to a personal injury claim, but the injured person is no longer able to bring his or herself to court. Instead, someone else must bring the claim to court on behalf of the deceased; usually this person is a family member. There have been a few notable wrongful death lawsuits in New Jersey and its surrounding states recently, and news of these lawsuits might inform you of how the state handles these cases. What’s Been in the News? In December, the sister of a fatally shot woman filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the victim’s husband. The incident occurred in the couple’s home in Connecticut in 2015, but the…
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Riding on a train is, statistically, much safer than driving a car. But that does not mean that nothing ever goes wrong on New Jersey rail lines. Here are some of the deadliest train accidents in New Jersey across the last century. 1904 – A chartered Erie Railroad train from Hoboken to Greenwood Lake stopped near a water tower in Midvale (now Wanaque). No signal was sent to warn other trains that the Erie Railroad train was stopped. Another train smashed into the rear of the special, killing 17 people and injuring 40. 1906 – Due to an error in the operation of a drawbridge, three train cars derailed near Atlantic City and tumbled into a creek. Fifty-three people died. 1911 – In Martin’s Creek near the Delaware River, an excursion train headed to Washington, D.C. hit an oil tank on the Pennsylvania Railroad, which coated the cars in oil….
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An Ocean Township man recently died after being rear-ended by a tractor-trailer. The accident occurred in mid-afternoon on September 7 on Route 440. The trucker smashed into the back of a Hyundai Sonata and jackknifed, striking two other vehicles. The driver of the Sonata was pushed into the back of another vehicle and was pronounced dead an hour later. The truck driver was charged with driving under the influence. Other drivers were treated for minor injuries. Prior to the accident, a witness called 911 to report the truck driver’s erratic driving. Causes of Truck Accidents Many truck accidents occur due to the actions of other drivers, but not all of them. There are certain characteristics inherent to the trucking industry that can lead to accidents. These can include things like inadequate training with regard to driving technique or safety concerns. Drivers are sometimes incentivized to drive faster or falsify their…
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