Last week, a drunk driver was involved in a violent three-car accident in Middletown. The driver, a 37-year-old man from Toms River, New Jersey, was also operating his vehicle with a suspended license. The crash occurred after dark close to the Navesink Country Club.
When a Jersey City man made the decision to get high on drugs and then get behind the wheel, he set in motion a series of events that would alter the lives of two New Jersey families forever. Driving well over the speed limit, the man crashed his sport-utility vehicle into a taxi, causing that vehicle to catch fire and pushing it onto the sidewalk directly into a pedestrian. When all was said and done, two men were dead. The man responsible for the accident walked away uninjured.
A New Jersey woman was killed this week following a bizarre accident in which a dump truck carrying a full load of sand toppled onto its side on top of the woman's SUV, trapping her inside as sand spilled inside and over her vehicle.
The baby boomers are retiring, and advances in medicine are keeping people alive longer than ever before. New vaccines and breakthrough medicines will continue to develop, increasing the number of elderly Americans. An increase in the number of older Americans will likely lead to the need for more caretakers and nursing homes, which could increase the risk of New Jersey nursing home abuse in different forms.
As military service members return home to Bergen County from the war in Iraq, they will likely go through a period of adjustment as they work to reacclimate themselves to the lives they left behind. Often, this includes reconnecting with family and friends and starting or resuming their job. But for some veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and similar afflictions, seemingly simple acts such as driving can be difficult and stressful after a tour of duty.
In August 2009, a New Jersey man with a suspended license was driving recklessly near Bergen County when his and another vehicle crossed the median and collided with oncoming traffic, killing two people and injuring three others. Last week, the man pleaded guilty to causing death and serious bodily injury while driving with a suspended license in exchange for a decreased sentence.
Last month, a jury ordered coffee giant Starbucks to pay several million dollars to a man who suffered lasting brain injuries as a result of a fall on a Starbucks retail store's wet floor in 2008. Starbucks did not dispute the man's slip-and-fall injury or the fact that the company was responsible for it.
Although we are just a few days into 2012, the New Jersey State Police is likely already setting its agenda for the new year: determining why there were so many car accident deaths lasts year, and figuring out how to lower that number in the coming year.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission was not able to collect sufficient evidence proving that faulty drywall is a dangerous product capable of inflicting homeowners with illness or other ailments. The organization will therefore not ask the manufacturers to recall the products.