Last week in Fort Lee, New Jersey, bystanders watched as a car ran over a woman over and over again. The woman died at the scene, her shoes and belongings scattered on the street. Police believe the result of the tragic hit-and-run was not an accidental death, but rather murder.
Another school bus accident took place in New Jersey yesterday, as authorities are continuing to investigate a fatal school bus accident that took place in Chesterfield last week.
A NJ court has held that drivers choosing lower personal injury protection (PIP) coverage under their auto insurance policy can sue for medical expenses that exceed their PIP coverage amount. In Wise v. Marienski, UNN-L-2741-09, Superior Court Judge Kenneth Grispin found that two women injured in a 2007 car crash can pursue claims for nearly $50,000 in uncompensated medical costs after the available $15,000 in PIP coverage was exhausted.
Property liability laws are in place to provide a safety net for people who are injured on other people's property. This means that commercial property owners, homeowners and landowners may be held accountable financially when someone is injured on their property.
Two people were killed last weekend, and several people were injured, on the New Jersey Turnpike in a car accident when a car crashed into a construction vehicle on Super Bowl Sunday, according to a news report.
Pfizer's recall of oral contraceptive pills last week may affect many women in New Jersey. Concerned that pill packets might not have contained enough active pills to prevent pregnancy, the manufacturer identified 14 lots of Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and 14 lots of Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets in the recall. That is at least one million potentially problematic pills.
The Attorney General of New Jersey, Jeffrey S. Chiesa, held a press conference reminding the public during Super Bowl Sunday to stay safe and sober behind the wheel. When the New York Giants played in the Super Bowl in 2008, police in New Jersey arrested 176 drunken drivers. This is the second highest total ever in the State of New Jersey on a Super Bowl Sunday. Once fatality occurred from a alcohol-related crash fatality in New Jersey on Super Bowl Sunday in 2008. In 2001, five people died as a result of alcohol-related crashes, which was the last previous time the Giants were in the Super Bowl.
In Rowe v. Mazel Thirty, the NJ Supreme Court held on February 2, 2012 that a landowner owes a duty to a police officer to warn of any dangerous conditions of which the owner knew or had reason to know and of which the officer was reasonably unaware. In so doing, the Supreme Court reversed the lower court dismissal of the police officer's suit.
With potential personal injury claims, insurance companies are becoming more and more agressive with taking statements from victims of accidents. My advice to anyone injured as the result of some type of accident or fall is to never give a statement either verbally or written without input from an attorney. I have recently had cases in New Jersey where insurance company representatives or investigators are at an injured client's home within a week after the accident taking a statement. Since it is so early after the accident, many people have not even consulted with an attorney as of yet.