A driver in New Jersey apparently got into a fender-bender, and rather than sticking around to face the ramifications, decided to flee the scene. That was not a wise decision, as it turned out. The driver lost control, drove up on the sidewalk and hit a pedestrian.
Teens often take a lot of the blame for the rise in distracted driving accidents, and there's a good reason for it. They are involved in a heavy amount of these accidents. They often lack the experience to know just how dangerous it is to text and drive or talk to passengers while behind the wheel.
Recent data suggests that traffic deaths were down a good deal in New Jersey last year.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 2,300 teenagers were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2015, a rate of almost seven every day. Though drivers between 19 and 19 account for only about one of every 16 motorists on the nation's roadways, they are involved in more than one of every 10 accidents.
SEEKING DAMAGES FROM SOMEONE OTHER THAN THE AT-FAULT DRIVER
In the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident, it's important to identify all potentially responsible parties. Of course, you'll want to hold the other driver accountable for any negligence or carelessness that caused you to suffer losses. But there are often other third parties with potential liability.
Under the law, you can seek damages for an injury that is intentionally caused, or one that results from carelessness or negligence. As a practical matter, nearly all personal injury claims are based on a legal theory of negligence. In addition, it's generally easier to recover for tangible losses, such as wages and income or medical expenses. The law does, however, allow you to pursue compensation for less tangible injury, such as emotional distress. One of the more prevalent claim involves an allegation of intentional infliction of emotional distress.
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 are involved in a truck accident, the chances of serious injury or death are extremely high. Though state and federal officials have taken measures to minimize the risks associated with commercial truck accidents, nearly 4,000 people still die every year in truck crashes on the nation's roadways, with more than four of every five deaths someone other than the truck driver.