New Jersey’s Most Dangerous Intersections

Some of the most dangerous intersections in New Jersey, where the most fatal accidents occur, are found in Somerset County, Mercer County, Gloucester County, Camden County, and Burlington County

New Jersey's Most Dangerous Intersections

According to the health protection agency, the Centers for Disease Control, vehicular accidents top the causes of death in the United States. In New Jersey, over 750 car accidents occur daily, according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation data. While the reasons for so many accidents are varied, some common causes include weather, road design, and road conditions. Undoubtedly, drivers have a lot to do with car crashes too. Driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, street racing, texting while driving, and driving while drowsy are a few examples of dangerous driving behavior. The governmental agency responsible for tracking accidents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), notes on their website that drunk and drug-impaired driving cause traffic accidents in addition to drowsiness and speeding.

Approximately 40 to 50% of all car accidents occur at intersections, second only to rear-end collisions. In New Jersey, last year’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan attempts to address the problem of deadly car accidents, targeting intersections specifically. The hope is to reduce that annual average of over 3,000 fatalities a year in the state. Unfortunately, intersections prove to be common crash sites due to human error. The NHTS cites distractions, misjudgments, obstructions, and assumptions as contributors to miscalculating the time and distance of other drivers. For example, a driver that fails to carefully look around to see other drivers attempting to cross the intersection and road conditions or obstructions to clear viewing endangers themself and others. In addition, failure to anticipate other drivers’ reactions, speed, and illegal behavior contribute to collisions.

Drivers who violate traffic laws increase the rate of injury from car accidents.

For example, if you approach a four-way intersection with a stop sign at each of four directions, you must assess the order of vehicles progressing through the intersection. If you disregard the order and take your turn to enter while another vehicle obeying the order does, you could end up crashing. Likewise, inattentiveness causes the same results when you are busy doing other activities in your car and lose sight of what other cars are doing to move through the intersection. New drivers may panic at four-way intersections, while drivers of fast cars or big trucks may feel fearless and proceed before their turn. Interestingly, the cars most commonly involved in accidents are practical, daily-use cars known for safety, like small to medium-sized Hyundai, Subaru, Toyota, Mazda, and Jeep models.

No matter which car they drive, most drivers approach intersections with awareness and caution to avoid scrapes, bumps, and wrecks. However, rear-enders happen when one driver is not allowing the recommended number of car lengths between their car and the one in front. Furthermore, T-bone crashes, one car hitting the passenger or driver’s side of a car moving through the intersection, occurs when one car is rushing to make the light before or after it turns red. Also, making an illegal U-turn or not waiting for oncoming traffic to clear before making a left turn ends up in head-on collisions. Finally, side-by-side collisions happen when drivers cross lanes without looking in their mirrors or over their shoulders.

Inattention, carelessness, and aggressive driving contribute to many accidents.

However, other factors leading to collisions may be environmental. For example, overgrown trees may obscure traffic signs, and cars entering another vehicle’s blind spot may cause road maneuvers that lead to accidents. And facing the blinding sun at sunset may cause temporary blindness and miscalculations of speed and distance from one car to the next. On occasion, the city’s placement of a traffic sign causes drivers to miss the forbidden left turn at an intersection, especially if construction is going on. Many of these environmental and human factors contribute to the high number of intersection accidents.

Some of the deadliest intersections cited in the New Jersey news are located primarily in Gloucester, Somerset, Mercer, Ocean, Monmouth, Camden, Middlesex, and Burlington Counties. For example, Somerset County’s intersection at U.S. Route 23 and Adamsville Road was the site of 98 accidents, 4 of them fatal, over the last four years. Mercer County had two hot spots, one at N.J. Route 129 and Lalor Street and one at U.S. Route 1 and Bakers Basin Road. The total number of accidents at these two intersections total 260, with seven fatalities. Even after several pedestrian deaths at the intersection, the residents around this intersection still have no satisfactory safety solution, such as a pedestrian walkway or footbridge, despite installing a crossing guard at Lalor at the city’s expense.

May the county or state have some responsibility in the event of an accident?

When a pedestrian or vehicle driver is injured in a poorly designed or maintained intersection, the government may bear some responsibility for the damages a victim suffers. And if officials are aware that a higher than the usual number of accidents occur at specific locations, they may be negligent in not addressing the dangerous condition. Whether the overgrown trees, poor design, or the sheer number of pedestrians and vehicles share the same roadway, the city, county, or state engineers and other workers responsible for designing and maintaining the roads may bear some responsibility. However, the fault for vehicle-on-vehicle collisions falls mainly on one party or another, or partially both.

An inattentive, impaired, or aggressive driver that causes an injury, accident, or fatality can be forced to compensate the injured driver and passengers damaged by the at-fault driver’s negligence. They or their insurance provider must pay the cost of all losses incurred by the innocent victims, including repairing the vehicle (or replacement if totaled), any medical expenses due to the accident, and lost income due to the accident and its aftermath. When pursuing a personal injury claim, the party responsible may also be required to pay damages for pain and suffering that resulted from the crash. In addition, they may have to pay for the wrongful death of those lost in a fatal accident. Finally, violating traffic laws, drunk driving, or extreme recklessness, like street racing through an intersection, may warrant punitive damages being awarded to the injured victims.

Hiring an attorney to represent you after an accident injury or fatality is a good idea. Most insurance companies deal with unrepresented accident victims differently than they do attorneys. They may take advantage of an accident victim who does not know the law or what they are entitled to by law for another’s negligence. As such, you want your attorney to speak on your behalf and help you obtain just compensation for your losses. That’s where we come in.

Contact our Staff of Personal Injury Attorneys for a free consultation

At The Law Office of Kamensky, Cohen & Riechelson our personal injury attorneys regularly deal with insurance companies and other parties when it comes time to negotiating settlements to conclude a personal injury or wrongful death claim. We also have experience bringing cases to trial when a settlement is not possible or unlikely.

Ultimately, our personal injury lawyers are committed to serving our clients’ best interests in Trenton, Princeton, Lawrence Township, East Windsor, and the Mercer County Area. We also fight for clients injured in auto accidents and other types of accidents in Somerville, Bridgewater, Somerset County and New Jersey counties throughout the Southern and Central parts of the state.

Contact (609) 528-2596 to speak to a local personal injury attorney with extensive litigation experience about your motor vehicle accident claim.

Motorcyclist killed after crash on Route 130,  Robbinsville, New Jersey

Motorcyclist Accident Attorneys Route 130,  Robbinsville, New Jersey

Motorcyclist killed after crash on Route 130,  Robbinsville, New JerseyA man was killed after his motorcycle crashed into an SUV on Route 130 in Robbinsville Saturday morning, the police have reported. The accident took place at 11:30 a.m. near the intersection of Route 130 and Woodside Road.  As a result of the accident, all lanes of Route 130, at Sharon Road, were briefly closed and detoured on Saturday afternoon.

It was reported that when officials reached the scene, the motorcycle driver, a 24-year-old Robbinsville resident, was unresponsive and unconscious. The motorcyclist was transported to a local hospital where he was later announced to have died.

The driver of the SUV, an 80-year-old Hamilton resident, was not reported as being injured.

Robbinsville Police, Division of Fire and EMS along with Capitol Health Paramedics responded to the accident. The cause of the collision was being investigated.

Motorcycle Statistics in the State of New Jersey

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, motorcyclists are more than 28 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a motor vehicle crash and five times more likely to be injured than occupants of a motor vehicle. In New Jersey, from 2012 to 2016, there have been nearly 12,000 crashes in New Jersey involving motorcycles. Statistics have shown that if you’re involved in a motorcycle crash in New Jersey, you have an 82% chance of sustaining injuries.

When there is a motorcycle crash that involves other vehicles, more than half of the accidents occur at an intersection.  Two-thirds of the accidents occur when the driver of a motor vehicle does not see the motorist.

Contact a Mercer County Personal Injury Attorney Today

If you or someone close to you has suffered a car accident injury, at The Law Office of Kamensky, Cohen & Riechelsonwe are here to help you pursue compensation for your losses in Trenton, Princeton, Hamilton, and the greater Mercer County area. Contact us online, by telephone or in a virtual way to arrange a consultation with an experienced New Jersey auto accident injury lawyer.

To schedule a consultation with a member of our team, please contact us online or through our Trenton, NJ office at 609.528.2596.

Dealing With Degenerative Disc Disease From a Car Accident in New Jersey

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Dealing With Degenerative Disc Disease From a Car Accident in New JerseyDid you know that back and neck injuries are the most common health problem in car crash victims?  Hospital bills, tests, x-rays, medications, and physical therapy can cost a fortune and leave you stressed about your health concerned with how you are going to pay for your recovery.  Car accidents, unfortunately, are very common in New Jersey with 278,413 in 2018 alone. Receiving excellent legal advice to navigate the complexities of getting you the settlement to which you are entitled is of the utmost importance as those bills start adding up.

What is Degenerative Disc Disease?

In spite of its name, degenerative disc disease is not a disease.  It is a natural occurrence that comes with aging.  The flexible discs of soft tissue between the vertebrae in your neck and back are what permit you to flex and bend your body.  Over time, those discs become worn and no longer give you as much protection as before.

In its beginning, disc degeneration may cause no pain or other symptoms such as tingling or numbness in the hands, legs, and feet.  But once the condition progresses, usually with age, pain can be debilitating,  radiating down the arms, shoulders, spine, or upper thighs and causing weakness in the legs and back. Sometimes the pain is so intense that a person cannot continue with their daily activities.  Muscle spasms in the neck or lower back are caused when the body attempts to stabilize the vertebrae and can occur without warning. Pain may increase when sitting, bending, lifting, standing, walking, or twisting.

How can a car accident affect degenerative disc pain?

Degenerative disc pain can start when a major or minor injury leads to sudden unexpected back pain, or it can present as minor back pain that worsens over time. The most significant risk is a herniated disc (also known as a bulging disc).  When the rubbery disc between the vertebrae of the cervical and spinal areas is torn or damaged, it can allow vertebrae to grind together causing discomfort.  It can also press on nerves which then causes pain, muscle weakness, tingling, and numbness.

Frequently, a sudden stop or hard collision can result in a herniated disc, especially when the victim had preexisting degenerative disc disease.  By age 40, 50% of patients are diagnosed with spinal arthritis or degenerative disc disease. The existence of this condition prior to the accident does not mean the accident victim does not have the right to a compensation claim for injury.  You may simply need an attorney to help strengthen your case.

Why do I need an attorney if the accident wasn’t my fault?

Car accident victims, according to an Insurance Research Council study, receive 3.5 times more in settlements with legal counsel than those without.  Of course, the settlement will depend on several factors such as the medical treatment required for your condition and the severity of the accident.  You must show that the accident contributed to your present condition, making it worse than before.  Medical records showing diagnostic procedures such as tests like an MRI, CT scan, and x-rays can be used to support your claim.

Some of the points considered in a settlement are:

Lost wages

-Diminished future earning capacity

Pain and suffering

-Loss of quality of life

Punitive damages

Wrongful death

-Past and future medical expenses

How can my Attorney Help me?

From the moment you contact us, we are gathering the information we need to obtain a fair settlement for you.  We will run a full investigation, talking to witness, getting video footage, consulting expert witnesses, and inspecting the vehicles.

There are a lot of documents that need to be filed after a car accident to the insurance company, the courts, and any other lawyers involved in the case. This includes applications for medical benefits through a car insurance policy. We are able to ensure that all of the required paperwork is properly managed.

It is a given that many insurance companies will contest the overall amount of damages and liability in car accident cases, so if this occurs, we are ready to take the claim to court and fight for you.  They are interested in their bottom line and keeping as much money as they can in their pocket. Our job is to do our best to get you a fair settlement for your damages and pain and suffering.

Contact a Mercer County Personal Injury Attorney Today

It is a myth that degenerative disc disease is a preexisting condition that cannot come from auto accidents. While most cases do arise naturally due to age, it is possible to acquire or worsen degenerative disc disease from accident-related injuries. More commonly, a car accident can exacerbate the symptoms of preexisting degenerative disc disease, causing problems you never experienced prior to the wreck.

If you are suffering from symptoms of degenerative disc disease or a herniated disc after a car accident in New Jersey, The Law Office of Kamensky, Cohen & Riechelson, we are here to help you please contact us online or through our Trenton, NJ office at 609.528.2596.

Fatal Car Accident Bucks County PA – Vehicle in Flames after being struck by a Drunk Driver

A Bristol Township resident has been arrested and charged after a fatal high-speed crash and DUI 

Fatal Car Accident Bucks County PA - Vehicle in Flames after being struck by a Drunk DriverAccording to Pennsylvania State Police, a Toyota Sienna minivan was traveling along the highway while the occupants were on their way home from work. Due to concern about mechanical issues, the minivan had its hazard lights on at the time. The minivan, containing four occupants, was hit from behind by the Toyota Sports Utility Vehicle. The impact caused the minivan to go off the highway and striking a concrete barrier. The minivan then became engulfed in flames.

State Police said that two of the occupants in the rear of the minivan were killed by the fast-moving fire.  The minivan driver and one passenger sustained injuries and including burns.

Driving at a High Speed with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) well over the Legal Limit

Reportedly, an investigation into the crash revealed that the driver of the Toyota Sienna had been drinking alcohol before the collision.  Troopers obtaining vehicle data from the Toyota Sienna disclosed that the vehicle was traveling at between 106 mph and 115 mph at the time of the crash. It was disclosed that blood draw taken following the crash from the driver of the Toyota Sienna measured blood-alcohol level between .151 and .169 percent, well above the legal limit of .08.

Fatal Accident Data Due to Alcohol-Impaired Drivers

The Center for Disease Control reports that every day there is 29 death in the United States caused by alcohol-impaired drivers.  This horrifying statistic means that there is one death every 50 fifty minutes throughout the nation that could have been prevented.

PennDot Alcohol-Related Accident Statistics in Pennsylvania

PennDot reports that in 2018, the number of alcohol-related crashes decreased to 9,811 from 10,346 alcohol-related crashes in 2017. This was the lowest number in the preceding five years. However, in 2018, alcohol-related fatalities increased to 331 from 293 alcohol-related fatalities in 2017.  Alcohol-related accidents reportedly caused 6,227 injuries in 2018.

Injured in a crash with an Impaired Driver? Consult a Bucks County Motor Vehicle Accident and Injury Attorney to Protect Your Rights

At Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson, our team of attorneys is experienced in supporting and fiercely representing our clients who have been involved in all types of motor vehicle accidents across Princeton, Trenton, Hamilton, Lawrence, and the greater Mercer County area. No matter your situation you don’t have to confront it alone.

To speak with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys today in a free and confidential consultation regarding your potential personal injury or permanent disability case, please contact us online or through our Trenton, NJ office at 609.528.2596.

Tractor Trailer Accident on NJ Turnpike Attorneys

Three injured on the NJ Turnpike as a tractor-trailer overturns in Woodbridge NJ

Tractor Trailer Accident on NJ Turnpike AttorneysIt has been reported that least three people were injured when a tractor-trailer carrying garbage overturned on the New Jersey Turnpike on Wednesday morning. The crash occurred on the Turnpike, in Woodbridge, New Jersey, north of Interchange 10 around 6 a.m.

The tractor-trailer collided with a passenger car and the truck overturned, landed onto its side, facing the wrong direction on the roadway.  The content of the truck spilled debris over the road.  Southbound traffic on the Turnpike had been diverted around the vehicles and road debris.

Two Needed Medical attention at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center following the Truck Accident

Two people in the passenger car were taken to Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center. Their condition is not known and earlier reports do not disclose the occupants’ injuries.  It was reported that the driver of the truck had been treated at the accident scene.

Auto Accident Statistics in NJ

The New Jersey Department of Transportation released the number of car accidents that occurred in New Jersey from 2001 through 2018.  In 2018, there were 278,413 crashes, which means that there 762 car accidents per day.  While not the highest reported crashes since 2001, the number of accidents that occurred in 2018 was the highest number of motor vehicle accidents since 2004.

There were 17,082 crashes that occurred on the Interstate system in New Jersey in 2018 as reported by the New Department of Transportation.  Reportedly, the New Jersey Counties with the highest number of motor vehicle crashes in 2018 were Essex (30,078), Bergen (29,459), and Middlesex (28,965).

Contact Our Mercer County Truck and Tractor Trailer Accident Attorneys Today

At Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson, our personal injury attorneys have a history of success when it comes to helping clients injured in accidents across Princeton, Trenton, Hamilton, Lawrence, and the greater Mercer County area.

If you have been injured as the result of the reckless or negligent actions of another, contact our firm today to discuss your options in a free and confidential consultation. We undertsnad that this can be one of the most trying momements in your life. Concerns may be flooding your mind about finances, medical bills, quality legal representation, and of course your health or the health of a family member. To schedule your consultation, please contact us online. or through our Trenton, NJ office at 609.528.2596.