Riding a motorcycle doesn't come without dangers. A motorcycle is slim and streamlined, designed to move swiftly against the wind and other forces. The problem with that is that it can make a motorcycle harder to see. Even with headlights, it can be hard for other drivers to recognize a motorcycle, since there is only one light instead of two like on most vehicles. Despite this, drivers have a responsibility to recognize and avoid hitting motorcyclists. That isn't what happened in this sad case out of New Jersey.
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If you live in New Jersey and have been involved in a car accident with a drunk driver, you're not alone. You can seek compensation for the injuries you've suffered, just like these people may have done.
If you've been in a car accident recently, one of the things that you may have found is that the other driver was acting negligently by chatting on the phone or texting a friend. It's important for you to know that these actions are illegal in most circumstances, so that could be enough of a reason for the other party to be at fault for the collision. If they are found to be at fault, then they will need to compensate you fairly for your injuries and suffering.
LOOK TO THE LAW
As someone who has suffered a personal injury at the hands of a drunk driver, you probably want to know that the laws in your state are protecting you and punishing those who put your life in danger. While some states are better than others when it comes to penalizing these negligent and dangerous drivers, all states have penalties.
Everyone in New Jersey has heard of it happening; a vehicle has crashed because the driver didn't use the brakes and drove into an intersection, building, or onto a side walk. One reason some car accidents like this happen is because of pedal errors. What are pedal errors? They're issues caused by people pressing the wrong pedal and hit the acceleration instead of the brake. Doing this can result in a vehicle speeding up and colliding with buildings, pedestrians, or other vehicles, causing an accident.
In the U.S., we have laws to protect people who are hurt by product defects. Not only do we have safety agencies like the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but they can require companies to recall products with dangerous design or production faults. We also have the product liability lawsuit, which can hold manufacturers, distributors and even retailers financially liable for allowing faulty products into the stream of commerce.
Because their vehicles are so large and potentially dangerous, truck and bus drivers are held to higher safety standards than drivers of smaller vehicles. Trucking and busing companies are also federally regulated, and one aspect of that regulation has to do with the drivers' hours of service.
For the past three years, an insurance company called Plymouth Rock Assurance has been performing an annual survey of New Jersey drivers to see how many are following the laws against driving distracted or intoxicated. Depending on how closely you've been following the issue, you may not be surprised to hear that fully one-third of New Jerseyans surveyed admitted they text while driving. Unfortunately, that's the highest percentage yet reported on the survey.