What Are The Texting & Cell Phone Use Laws in New Jersey?
Distracted driving is deadly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving claimed the lives of 3,450 people in 2016. Unfortunately, individuals continue to let their attention wander when they are behind the wheel, despite knowing the risk of being involved in an auto accident.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy in August 2019 enacted a new law that requires first-time DWI offenders to install ignition interlock devices (IIDs) in their cars. IIDs prevent a vehicle from starting if they detect alcohol in a driver's breath. In a press release, Murphy touted the law as a way to deter drunk driving without preventing offenders from providing for themselves and their families.
When you trip and are injured on someone’s property, you may have the option of pursuing a premises liability lawsuit against the property owner. Liability, negligence and the nature of your damages can all affect the value of your settlement. Learn more about how these factors can play into determining the outcome of your slip and fall case so you can take appropriate steps to recover the maximum amount possible.
You’re running late for work and you see that your car is covered in snow. It may be tempting to clear it off in a haphazard manner, leaving patches of ice on the hood or roof. But responsible drivers know that snow and ice can fly off a moving vehicle, causing damage to people and property.
In New Jersey, it’s against the law to drive with ice or snow on your vehicle. Police offers can and will issue fines to motorists who fail to clear off their cars.
Unfortunately, fatal motor vehicle accidents continue to occur at an alarming rate. According to preliminary statistics released by the National Safety Council, 40,100 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2017 and another 4.57 million people required medical attention. The number of fatalities exceeded 40,000 in 2016 as well.
In New Jersey alone, there have been approximately 371 fatalities so far this year according to public information provided by the New Jersey State Police. The fatalities by county include: