Monmouth County New Jersey Motor Vehicle Accidents Law Blog

How much does a New Jersey funeral cost?

If you recently lost a loved one in a New Jersey car accident, the state may allow you to collect damages for your loss. New Jersey allows bereaved loved ones to recover funeral expenses in addition to other damages via a wrongful death claim. How much is the average funeral, though? It is important that you know the answer to this so you can know for how much to request via your suit.

Every year, the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association, Inc., gathers updated statistical pricing information via surveys of its members. The goal of these surveys is to help the association respond to inquiries regarding the average funeral costs posed by consumers, the media and the government.

Mobile devices aren't the only form of driver distraction

Far too many people mistakenly believe that mobile devices are the only real source of distraction on the road. In reality, distraction can take infinite forms for drivers. In some cases, it isn't even a tangible distraction, but rather something in their head that they focus on instead of the task at hand.

Understanding the various forms of distraction that drivers occasionally engage in can help you avoid these forms of distraction. You can also be on the lookout for individuals showing telltale signs of various kinds of distracted driving.

What are the most common causes of fatal car accidents?

When people are driving in New Jersey, they have to rely on the responsibility of one another to keep each other safe. Even if you are driving safely and committed to following traffic laws, there may be other people who are careless, distracted or fatigued among other things. These people could drive irresponsibly and leave you at risk of being involved in a serious car accident if they crash into you. 

Fatal car accidents create an extra measure of trauma and emotional distress for you if you are a surviving victim or a family member of someone who has been killed in an automobile crash. Being familiar with the most common causes of fatal car crashes may help you to stay more aware of dangerous behaviors that you should avoid and that you should encourage others to avoid, in an effort to keep everyone a little safer. 

Tragic head-on collision kills family, drunk driving to blame

For many motorists in New Jersey, the desire to stay safe while traveling is something most have in common. As such, many people do their part to make sure they are observing the rules of the road and allowing extra time for situations that could be dangerous if not observed. However, they cannot control the actions or decisions of other drivers who may not be as responsible. In these situations, sometimes tragic outcomes can happen despite the incident's having been entirely preventable. 

A community in Northville, Michigan is reeling with the devastating loss of a notable family after a drunk driver slammed into their vehicle in a violent head-on collision. The man responsible for the crash had been driving the wrong way on the highway for several miles before he encountered the family. The two parents, three children and the drunk driver were all killed in the impact which was described by first responders as a horrific scene. 

How friends can help friends not to drive drunk

It is no secret that drunk driving continues to be a problem around the nation and New Jersey is no exception. With lawmakers striving to pass stricter laws regarding how much people should be allowed to consume if they wish to continue to drive, the temptation to operate a vehicle after drinking still seems to badger a lot of people. While it is a person's responsibility to be accountable for their own decisions, perhaps people's willingness to watch out for their friends can also reduce the prevalence of drunk driving. 

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, statistics show that a stunning 50 to 75 percent of already convicted drunk drivers, continue to operate a vehicle despite the fact that their license has been suspended. This startling number means that the risks of a person reoffending are increased by an exponential amount. 

Concussion: Troublesome injury possible in a car accident

The violent force of a car wreck can lead to serious injuries for the victims. One of these is a concussion, which is possible in just about any crash. Understanding some basic information about this type of injury might help you to spot the signs if you were involved in a motor vehicle accident.

One of the troublesome factors of concussions is that the symptoms might not be present right away. You may think that you escaped the accident unscathed only to realize later that you did have an injury. This is one reason why anyone who is involved in a crash might choose to have a medical evaluation. It might not find everything that is amiss right away, but it may help you to learn what to look for in the following days.

Tips for safe driving during the holiday season

Drunk driving is against the law in all 50 states, but despite that, drunk driving accidents and fatalities continue to happen. This is especially true during the holiday season in New Jersey.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, drunk driving accidents cause the loss of hundreds of lives each year. Over the past five years, 300 people, on average, died in drunk driving accidents or from drunk-driving-related injuries in the week between Christmas and New Year’s. Of those 300 deaths, more than a quarter are the result of an impaired driver. In December of 2016 alone, 781 people lost their lives in drunk-driving-related crashes.

Explaining dram shop liability

Most in Monmouth County likely understand that the decision to drink and drive is a personal one. Still, in the wake of a drunk driving accident, victims might rightly wonder how is that the drivers that hit them were allowed to reach the intoxicated states they were in in the first place. That may prompt further inquiry as to whether or not those who serve alcohol to drivers that cause accidents should share in the liability for the incident. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drunk driving accidents result in over $44 billion in losses annually in the United States. Having other avenues of liability may help accident victims in recovering the compensation needed to adequately handle their expenses.

Many states have adopted what is known as a "dram shop" law. These laws do indeed allow accident victims to assign vicarious liability to the establishments that had a hand in allowing a driver to get drunk. "Dram shop" refers to any commercial establishment that serves alcohol (the word "dram" is actually a unit of measurement once used in the sale of gin). Such an establishment may include any of the following: 

  • A restaurant
  • A bar or tavern
  • A concessionaire

What can you do to stay safe on a road trip?

If you and your family are planning a road trip across New Jersey to reach an exciting vacation destination, chances are your children are filled with anticipation and excitement for your upcoming adventure. You may also feel these emotions, mingled with the pressure of making sure you get your family safely from Point A to Point B. Planning ahead and being prepared can help you to feel more confident in your ability to safely and efficiently facilitate your family's travel.

While you may be doing things behind the scenes to prepare for your trip and guarantee that everyone stays safe, it can be even more beneficial to discuss what you are doing with your children. You can use your planning as a teaching opportunity to educate them about the importance of being prepared so potential hazards can be faced with a calm demeanor. 

Delayed symptoms of head and brain injuries

Vehicle collisions are one of the most common causes of head and traumatic brain injuries. When a person gets into a motor vehicle accident in New Jersey, he or she only has a limited amount of time to file a personal injury claim to recover damages. That time period is typically between two and four years. Unfortunately for many brain injury victims, the full impact of their injuries is not recognized until years, or even decades, later.

Most victims of head injuries usually notice that something is awry in the days or weeks following a crash. According to the Mayo Clinic, typical symptoms such as headache, nausea, vomiting, speech impairment, fatigue, sleeping more than usual, dizziness, blurred vision, sensitivity to light and sound, concentration problems, feelings of depression or anxiety and mood changes usually show up days or weeks following the incident. Some may experience physical altercations such as tinnitus, hearing loss, double vision, loss or altered sense of smell or loss or altered sense of taste. Others may experience vertigo, headaches, infections and seizures. Again, however, these complications usually make themselves known within the days or weeks following the crash.

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