Monmouth County New Jersey Motor Vehicle Accidents Law Blog

Distracted driving: 3 myths and 3 facts

Many people believe that they can do more than one thing at one time. In most cases, they're right. The trouble is that when people multitask, they may be taking their minds off more important tasks to get things done more quickly. For example, a driver who decides to text behind the wheel thinks he or she can text quickly without compromising his or her driving abilities, but the truth is that any time spent looking away from the road is hazardous to the driver and others.

There are myths that further enforce the false idea that you can drive safely while doing other things. Here are three that you should know the truth about.

Truck driver causes fatal accident in Perth Amboy

When a loved one dies in a fatal accident, it can be extremely hard for Monmouth County families to recover. Accidents happen for many different reasons but when a family member is killed in a car crash due to someone else's negligence, it can be especially devastating.

A recent crash in Perth Amboy has left a New Jersey man dead. His car was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer and while he initially survived the crash, he reportedly died a short time later. Three other people were also injured following subsequent collisions. However, those injuries were all minor and the people are expected to recover.

What are some tips for sharing the road safely with big trucks?

New Jersey has many highways in Monmouth County so it is inevitable that you will be sharing the road with a large tractor-trailer at some point while you are behind the wheel. While it can seem frightening when such a heavy machine is looming over you, it is certainly possible for both you and the truck driver to navigate the road safely. Here is what you need to know.

According to Edmunds, one dangerous behavior you should avoid is traveling at the same speed as the truck. If the truck driver is trying to merge or change langes, he or she will be unable to do so if you are matching their speed.

Are dangerous truck drivers still on the road?

You may feel safer around tractor-trailers in New Jersey knowing that they require a special set of skills and a special license to operate. Because of the hazards these big rigs present, you may also expect truck drivers to demonstrate a high level of caution. According to, though, there are a number of reasons that the driver of the truck next to you could have multiple violations and suspensions on his or her license, and still be driving legally.

Driving above the posted speed limit is risky for anyone, but an 80,000-pound truck requires an extremely long stopping distance, making this behavior deadly. Even so, a speeding ticket probably will not result in a commercial driver's license suspension. A second violation could lead to a federally mandated two-month suspension if it occurs within the next three years, but then the driver gets back out on the road with you. A third ticket would result in a 120-day suspension, but the driver would most likely still be able to have his or her license reinstated.

Labor Day and drunk driving

Anytime a holiday approaches, concerns increase about road safety in New Jersey. Some holidays are more dangerous than others because drinking and driving becomes more prevalent. One of the times this happens is Labor Day weekend. This holiday is often celebrated by eating good food, which is often accompanied by alcohol. People drink too much yet still feel they are fine to get behind the wheel, thus creating a dangerous environment on roadways.

According to MADD, Labor Day weekend increases drunk driving deaths exponentially. They jump from one every 51 minutes to one every 34 minutes. However, law enforcement does a solid job of working to increase awareness and prevent many intoxicated drivers from getting on the road through programs and campaigns that usually run from the middle of August until the beginning of September. It has been shown such campaigns can help reduce drunk driving fatalities by about 20 percent.

Tips for carrying a passenger safely on a motorcycle

An experienced motorcyclist may be completely comfortable on the roadways of New Jersey, but taking a passenger along for the ride is a different experience. Not only does the operator need to understand how to adjust for the extra weight and other factors that affect the ride, according to the New Jersey Driver Manual, he or she should always review safety rules with a passenger before they get on the motorcycle.

To be in a secure position, the passenger should sit as close to the operator as possible without crowding him or her, and hold onto the belt, hips or waist. It is also necessary to keep feet on the footpegs at all time, including when the motorcycle is not moving. When going around curves or corners, the passenger needs to look over the operator's shoulder in the direction they are turning, leaning in the same direction at the same time. Other than that, the operator should be as still as possible during the ride.

I was in a single-car accident: Could someone else be at fault?

Driving a motor vehicle is dangerous no matter how safe and defensive you try to be with your driving behaviors. As such, an accident can literally happen at any moment. If another driver is at fault for your accident, and any resulting injuries, then that driver will be financially liable to pay you for the costs related to your medical care and other damages.

However, what if no other drivers were involved and it was a single-car accident, only involving your vehicle. Could another party still be to blame?

Study finds speeding a major factor in number of traffic deaths

Driving is a part of everyday life for most people in Monmouth County. It is how people get to work, to school and to practically every other destination where their busy lives take them. However, driving is not without its risks and unfortunately, accidents can and do occur. At Escandon, Fernicola, Anderson & Covelli, we know how devastating the loss of a loved one to a car crash can be.

While some of the safety challenges drivers face have changed over the years, others have not. A new study has found that speeding is still a significant contributing factor in causing fatal motor vehicle accidents, reports Curbed. In fact, the number of deaths caused by speeding and those that involve alcohol are practically equal. Yet, drunk driving and distracted driving receive much media attention while speeding does not.

What are some common factors that play a role in truck accidents?

Sharing the road with vehicles that are much larger than you can be very scary. No one wants to be involved in an accident with a truck; however, that does not stop them from occurring regularly. According to American Truckers, there are some factors that many truck accidents share in common. Understanding what causes these types of crashes may be useful in helping you to avoid them. Here is what you need to know about truck accidents and their causes.

The type of road you are driving on is one of the many things that may increase or decreased the likelihood of an accident. More than half of fatal truck accidents take place on major roads, rather than highways or local thoroughfares. One reason for this may be that driver are more likely to speed on these types of roads.

New Jersey girl killed when mother crashes while intoxicated

Each day, hundreds of New Jersey motorists travel the busy thoroughfares to get from one place to another, and as a consequence each is subjected to the actions of the drivers around them. Unfortunately, even if people are cautious, mindful and defensive drivers, they are still at risk of being involved in a car accident if other motorists are distracted, fatigued or under the influence.

A Monroe County woman was recently charged with DUI when investigations revealed that she was heavily intoxicated when she caused a fatal car accident that resulted in the death of her young daughter. According to witness reports, the woman had been driving recklessly and swerving in and out of her lane when she hit another vehicle head-on. The woman’s 6-year-old daughter was improperly restrained in the back seat and suffered severe trauma to her head and neck when the accident occurred. She died at the scene.

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