A Bergen County jury's $4.1 million verdict in favor of a teenager who suffered permanent spinal cord damage in a motor vehicle accident has been upheld. The girl, who was 14 at the time of the accident-February 23, 2013- was traveling in the back seat of a car operated by her father when he ran a stop sign and crashed into another car. As a result, she suffers from chronic pain and has lost some of the strength and mobility in her back. She also has numbness and weakness because of trauma to her spinal cord.
Ride-sharing has taken the nation by storm, with estimates that more than 200,000 people are earning their primary income, or supplementing other income, by working for such companies as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, among others. It can seem like a pretty easy and relatively safe way to earn a few extra bucks, but individuals who turn their private motor vehicles into taxis should take the time to carefully read their auto insurance policies-they may be engaging in activity that voids the policy.
When you have been hurt in a motor vehicle accident, one of the first things you need to consider is how your medical bills will be paid. In New Jersey, there are a couple ways this can be handled, based on the type of automobile insurance policy you purchase.
Most people think that distracted driving is limited to driving while texting, but it takes many other forms as well-putting a CD in the stereo, trying to break up a fight in the backseat, or simply watching the scenery, rather than the road. The bulk of accidents involving distracted drivers, though, involve the use of handheld devices. According to a U.S. Department of Transportation website-www.distraction.gov-nearly 700,000 drivers may be texting, talking or looking up something on a handheld device at any given moment.
OFFICIALS FEAR DRAMATIC RISE IN MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS
Gas prices have dipped below $2.00 a gallon in many communities across the country, the lowest they have been in more than five years. Another statistic that has government officials worried, though-the last time gas prices were this cheap, there was also a dramatic increase in the number of motor vehicle accidents nationwide. Before the plummeting of gas prices in 2009, officials had seen more than four consecutive years of declining rates of death and injury in motor vehicle accidents. Throughout the time prices remained low (2008-2009), accident rates remained high. As soon as fuel prices went back up, accident rates dropped precipitously.
The Common Types of Injuries Suffered in Pedestrian Accidents
An on-duty NJPD officer clocking for speeders was killed last month when a tractor-trailer vehicle rear-ended his parked car on a highway shoulder, without attempting to stop prior to the impact - according to the roadway evidence at the scene. At the time of his death, Officer Christopher Goodell, 32, was the second officer to perish within the line of duty that month, said prosecutors.