Articles Posted in Dangerous Roadways

A dangerous intersection in Woolwich Township, which officials say has seen 48 accidents in the last three years, will finally get the repairs it so desperately needs, NJ.com reports. City officials say they have been trying to “get something changed” at the intersection of Kings Highway (a Gloucester County owned roadway) and Route 322, which is state-owned.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation has announced that it will execute a project that will reconfigure the intersection and provide dedicated left-turn lanes at all four approaches. The project will also include other safety upgrades and will be completed by the end of the year 2018, officials say.
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Morris County officials have announced that they plan on hiring an out-of-state firm to assess the safety problems presented by a roadway that has gained notoriety for the number of accidents that occur there. According to a news report in The Observer-Tribune, there have been more than 40 separate incidents involving tractor-trailers on Schooley’s Mountain Road in Washington Township.

In one recent incident, three school children were almost struck by a truck. Officials are trying to determine if big rigs should be prohibited from using the roadway because there are two hairpin turns coming down the mountain that are difficult to maneuver with a large truck.
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The Northeastern part of the country got two inches of snowfall an hour and up to two feet of snow over the weekend. Many local mayors and governors have requested motorists to remain in their homes and stay off the roads. This is good advice to follow, especially during a winter storm when roads are covered in snow and visibility is extremely poor. Under such conditions, it would be in your best interest to postpone traveling if you can.

If you do have to drive during a winter storm, there are a number of safety measures you can take. Before getting on the roadway, it is important to ensure that your tires, brakes, and windshield wipers are in good, working condition. Additionally, you will need plenty of windshield washer fluid and antifreeze. Before leaving your driveway, make sure that all of your windows are clear of ice and snow and put a shovel, ice scrapper, gloves, and a blanket in your vehicle. You should also make sure that your phone is fully charged in case you get stranded and need to call for help.
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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey keeps track of all injury accidents that occur on their bridges, in their tunnels, and at their airports and marine terminals. According to an Occupational Health & Safety report, a press release from the authority announces a 36 percent decrease in traffic accidents since the year 2000. Officials report that in the year 2011, there were 6,291 auto accidents in the areas that the Port Authority controls. That number reflects a five percent decrease since the year 2010. Since 2000, accidents at bridges and tunnels have decreased 34 percent, airport accidents have been reduced by 39 percent, and there are 32 percent fewer accidents at marine terminals.

NJ Bridge Auto AccidentThe Port Authority uses accident data to determine where accidents are most likely to occur. For example, a high number of rear-end collisions resulted in improvements in the North Tube of the Lincoln Tunnel. A high rate of sideswipe and rear-end accidents inspired changes to the Holland Tunnel at 14th Street and Marin Boulevard in New Jersey.

The governing body in charge of a roadway has many legal responsibilities. For example, they must make sure the roadway is properly designed and maintained. Once the governing entity in charge of the roadway finds out that a location is dangerous, it is their legal obligation to take actions to prevent future accidents. A skilled attorney can hold a governing body accountable for failing to uphold their legal obligations.

A 35-year-old man was injured in a New Jersey car accident when a vehicle went out of control on a wet roadway ran over his foot. According to WFMZ news report, the pedestrian accident occurred near the Hackettstown Community Center on Route 46 in Hackettstown. Officials say a 22-year-old man attempted to avoid the pedestrian by veering to the right, but the car slid on the hazardous New Jersey roadway and ran over the victim’s foot. The pedestrian was transported to a nearby medical center for treatment. It is not clear if the driver will be cited for the collision.

According to New Jersey law: “The driver of every vehicle shall, consistent with the requirements of this section, drive at an appropriate reduced speed when approaching and crossing an intersection or railway grade crossing, when approaching and going around a curve, when approaching a hill crest, when traveling upon any narrow or winding roadway, and when special hazard exists with respect to pedestrians or other traffic or by reason of weather or highway conditions.”

Injured pedestrians may pursue financial compensation for their injuries and losses by filing a personal injury claim against the at-fault motorist. In cases involving negligence or wrongdoing, compensation may be available for medical bills, hospitalization, rehabilitation services, and lost wages.

A recent Transportation Department report states that half of New Jersey’s highways are deficient. According to NJ.com, only 20 percent of New Jersey’s highways are rated “good” while 30 percent are considered “fair.” The report defines “deficient” as a roadway that has potholes and cracks that can slow down traffic and cause vehicle damage, and half of the state’s roadways are rated as such. Government officials have announced new plans to repair many of the damaged roads over the next five years.

Dangerous roadways have been known to cause or contribute to serious injury accidents. When a motorist hits a large pothole or uneven surface, there is a chance that the vehicle may veer out of control. In such cases, the governmental agency in charge of maintaining the roadway may be held liable for the damages suffered in the crash.

Injured victims of New Jersey hazardous roadway accidents may pursue financial compensation through civil litigation. In such cases, compensation may be available for losses such as hospital bills, time away from work, physical pain, and mental anguish. The injured victim will have to prove that the roadway’s poor conditions caused the accident and that the governing body in charge of the roadway was aware of the issue and failed to act accordingly.