Last week, more than a dozen people were injured following a collision between a tour bus and two trucks on the New Jersey Turnpike. The bus accident is the second such crash on the Turnpike this year. However, unlike the first, the most recent accident does not appear to be the result of the safety deficiencies of the tour bus company or driver. Although police continue to investigate the New Jersey accident, they currently believe that it was just that - an accident.
Earlier this week, a New Jersey police officer lost his life in a tragic motorcycle accident. The officer, who was a member of the police force in Hamilton Township, approximately 70 miles south of Bergen County, was not on duty when the fatal motorcycle crash occurred.
Usually, when high school students, parents and supporters gather at a New Jersey high school, they do so to cheer on a school sports team, see a school play, or support another academic or extracurricular achievement. And this is how it should be. Young people should gather to celebrate their accomplishments, not to mourn fellow students who have been taken much too soon.
In New Jersey and throughout the country, plaintiffs are filing lawsuits against shoe manufacturers Skechers U.S.A. Inc., claiming that the company's Shape-Ups shoes have caused them serious injury. According to the products liability lawsuits, the shape of the shoes causes a substantial risk of falling and causing serious injury.
Government officials in New Jersey and at the federal level have increased their focus on educating drivers about the dangers of using a cell phone behind the wheel. Despite these efforts, traffic safety statistics indicate that the number of car accidents, injuries and deaths caused by distracted driving have increased significantly in recent years.
Last week, in a display of creative law enforcement, an Elmwood Park police officer put on plain clothes and spent three hours walking back and forth across Broadway to test local drivers' knowledge of the state's relatively new pedestrian crossing law. However, the measure turned out to be successful: police officers issued 93 tickets to drivers for noncompliance with the law.
The relatives of a man who died in a New Jersey hospital after allegedly being poisoned by his wife have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the hospital and the pharmaceutical company that employed his wife. The defendants are accused of allowing the man's wife continued access to both the fatal drug and the man, and in doing so, of negligently causing his death.
In what experts are calling one of the largest meat recalls in U.S. history, meat producer Cargill has recalled approximately 36 million pounds of ground turkey after more than 75 people reportedly contracted salmonella after consuming the affected products. In addition, the unsafe food is believed to be responsible for one death.
For most New Jersey children, the new school year starts in a matter of weeks, so families who are hoping to squeeze in one last summer adventure had better do it soon. And as the cost of airplane tickets remains high, many families will turn to a great American tradition: the road trip.