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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently released its workplace injury and death data for 2013. The numbers show that work-related deaths dropped 17 percent in 2012 in New Jersey and the New York metropolitan area, according to a recent article in the Insurance Journal.

The total number of deaths measured by the study was 152 in 2013, compared to 184 deaths in the same geographic area in 2012. The five-year average for yearly work-related deaths was 163 per year, although the number has ranged from a high of 236 deaths in 2014 to a low of 145 deaths in 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The trade, transportation, and utilities sectors accounted for 51 of the total deaths in 2013, while the construction industry had 36.
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As reported by nj.com, and published on March 8th, 2013, a lawsuit has just been filed on behalf of the family of a man killed in a hit-and-run while crossing the street. The 54-year-old victim was from Trenton. He had just gotten off a bus at a stop close to Ives Avenue. He was headed across the street to an apartment complex to have dinner with his brother when he was hit and killed.

The hit-and-run victim was struck by two cars. Both drivers have been criminally charged with death by auto and with leaving the scene of an accident causing death.

The lawsuit claims that one of the drivers who struck the man was driving under the influence. The lawsuit further claims both drivers were negligent because they did not see the man crossing the road. New Jersey Transit, Mercer County, and the state of New Jersey are also named in the lawsuit for failing to maintain a safe bus stop, not having in place a safe, adequate crossing, and not having crossing security. There was also inadequate lighting. It was dark at the time of the incident.
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A 37-year-old Bayonne man was killed in a New Jersey fatal car accident that resulted in a Mazda MPV erupting into flames. According to a news report in The Jersey Journal, the fatal car accident occurred on the New Jersey Turnpike in Jersey City. Officials say a 30-year-old man lost control of his Jeep Liberty and crashed into a barrier. The Bayonne man crashed his Mazda into the Jeep moments later. He was pulled from his car after it burst into flames, but he succumbed to his injuries at a nearby hospital. Officials are still investigating the cause of this fatal accident.

There are many questions that must be asked in such cases. What caused the two vehicles to collide in the first place? Was one of the motorists distracted, speeding, drunk, or otherwise behaving negligently? What caused the vehicle to burst into flames? Did the fire result from a defective design or mechanical malfunction? The answers to these types of questions will likely have an impact on the legal options that are before the victim’s family.
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A 40-year-old Brick man was killed in a New Jersey car accident when his 1988 Toyota 4Runner became stalled in traffic. According to The Star-Ledger, the fatal car crash occurred along eastbound Route 70 in Brick. Officials say his vehicle stalled in the middle lane and the man was attempting to push his disabled vehicle over to the shoulder when an Oldsmobile struck it. The victim survived that collision but was fatally injured when a 2009 Toyota Yaris struck his vehicle and pinned him between the Oldsmobile and the Toyota. No charges have been filed against the 23-year-old male driver of the Oldsmobile or the 23-year-old female driver of the Toyota.

There are a number of questions that must be asked when a disabled vehicle is struck on the roadway. What caused the vehicle to stop in the first place? Did a defective auto part or a mechanical malfunction contribute to the crash? Did the driver put the hazard lights on immediately? Was the driver able to get the vehicle over to the shoulder? Why was the other vehicle unable to avoid the collision? Was there limited visibility or was the motorist distracted, speeding, tailgating, or otherwise negligent?

The family of an individual who has died in a disabled vehicle accident should preserve the vehicle for inspection and to contact an experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights are protected. If it is determined that a defective auto part or a negligent driver contributed to the accident, then financial compensation may be available for the family’s terrible losses.

An Elizabeth man has been arrested and charged in connection with a car accident in Roselle that killed a 60-year-old woman. According to a news report in The Star-Ledger, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred in the 600 block of East Third Avenue. Police say the woman was crossing the roadway to visit friends and got out of her parked car when she was struck. The woman was thrown into traffic and died at the scene. The driver, who was later arrested, left the scene of the car accident. He has been charged with death by auto, leaving the scene of an accident, and many other motor vehicle violations.

Losing a loved one suddenly in an auto accident can be heartbreaking. It is even more difficult to cope when your loved one has been killed in a hit and run accident. Families of deceased victims agonize over who caused their loved one’s death and struggle for a sense of closure.

The death of a loved one can also create serious financial problems for families. This is particularly true if the victim was a sole or primary wage earner in the family. Families must also deal with sudden and unexpected expenses such as medical and funeral costs. Families that have lost loved ones in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party.

A 64-year-old dentist in Irvington is under investigation after a three-year-old boy died while undergoing a routine dental procedure. The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs is investigating the incident and it has been revealed that the dentist is already on probation from the Board of Dentistry for an incident in 2004 where a six-year-old girl died while under his care, according to CBSNews.com.

Reportedly, the boy had come into the office to have cavities filled. For the procedure, he was placed in a cocoon-like restraint system and given local anesthetic, but at some point during the process went limp and stopped breathing. The boy was taken to a hospital, but was later pronounced dead from the fatal New Jersey accident. According to investigations, the first child who died had passed away from natural causes due to serious medical conditions and not because of medical malpractice, but the dentist was still put on a lengthy probation sentence.

Authorities are currently investigating the cause of the three-year-old boy’s death and if there should be any criminal charges filed against the dentist for the incident. Families of both victims are now pressing to have the dentist’s license revoked.

A 31-year-old male driver and a passenger were killed in a New Jersey car accident after his car struck a vehicle at a construction site. According to a news report in The Star Ledger, the fatal car accident occurred on the New Jersey Turnpike near Exit 12 in Carteret. Officials say the car veered onto the shoulder and struck the back of a stopped vehicle. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash and the passenger was transported to an area hospital where he died. Two other passengers were also injured and two construction workers also sustained minor injuries.

There are many questions that must be asked in situations where a driver loses control of a vehicle and causes a crash. Was the driver speeding or driving distracted? Was alcohol consumption a contributing factor in the collision? Did a dangerous roadway condition or defective auto part force the driver to lose control? Were other vehicles involved?

The family of a deceased car accident victim would be well advised to contact an experienced NJ wrongful death attorney who will work with investigators to determine the cause of the crash. Compensation may be available for damages including medical expenses and funeral costs.

A 66-year-old Wayne man was killed in a New Jersey car accident that involved an overturned box truck bursting into flames. According to a news report in The Record, the fatal truck accident occurred on eastbound Route 80 near exit 66 in Hackensack. Officials say the box truck and a Honda Accord changed lanes at the same time. The Accord struck the truck from behind, forcing it to overturn and erupt in flames. The driver of the truck was killed in the crash. The driver of the Accord suffered facial injuries and two of his passengers escaped unharmed. It is unclear if the driver of the Honda will be cited for the crash.

Under New Jersey Statute 39:4-88b, “A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from that lane until the driver has ascertained that the movement can be made with safety.” Drivers who cause an accident by making an unsafe lane change can be held civilly liable for their actions, even if they are not cited for the crash.

The family of a New Jersey fatal truck accident victim should discuss their case with an experienced personal injury lawyer who can help determine liability for the accident. In cases involving negligence, financial compensation may be available through a wrongful death claim for the medical bills, funeral expenses, lost future income, and other damages.

In 2011, New Jersey experienced the highest number of fatalities resulting from car accidents since 2007. According to a news report in The Statehouse Bureau, there were 594 fatal accidents in New Jersey resulting in 635 deaths in the year 2011. Of those fatalities, 371 were drivers, 144 were pedestrians, 103 were passengers, and 17 were bicyclists. The most common age range for victims of a fatal New Jersey car accident was 50 to 64.

One way to help reduce the chances of suffering a fatal injury in a New Jersey car accident is to obey the law by buckling up. The state’s Division of Highway Traffic Safety found that 94.51 percent of front seat passengers and drivers wore seat belts. This is a slight increase from the 93.73 percent who wore seatbelts in 2010 and a drastic increase from the 35 percent who wore seatbelts in 1986.

Despite the 2010 New Jersey law requiring backseat occupants to wear a seatbelt, the same study found that only 61 percent actually buckled up in the back seat. This number does reflect an increase from the 48 percent of backseat seatbelt wearers in the year 2010.

A 33-year-old man from Orange was killed in a New Jersey car accident after a 1998 Chrysler Sebring struck his motorcycle. According to a news report in The Star-Ledger, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred at Field Place and Wyndmoor Avenue in Hillside. Officials say the victim was riding his motorcycle southbound when the Sebring turned left in front of him and struck the motorcycle, causing the motorcyclist to suffer fatal injuries. It is not clear if the car driver will be cited for the fatal crash and the collision remains under investigation.

Under New Jersey law, drivers making a left turn must yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic. It is common for motorcycles to be involved in left turn accidents because they are easier to overlook than larger passenger vehicles. Unfortunately, many intersection accidents involving motorcycles result in serious or fatal injuries for motorcycle riders.

The family of a deceased New Jersey motorcycle accident victim would be well advised to seek legal guidance from a skilled injury attorney. In the case of a fatal motorcycle accident, families may file a motorcycle accident wrongful death claim against the at-fault party in order to receive proper compensation for the cost of medical bills, funeral expenses, lost future income, and other related damages. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney will review the circumstances of the crash and help hold the at-fault party accountable for the collision.