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Motor vehicle accidents: student dead in New Jersey

A teenager has tragically lost her life following a head-on collision in Washington Township, according to local sources. New Jersey authorities confirmed the death of a teenage girl and the critical injury of a 6th-grade student and their grandfather. No charges have been filed at this time, but a GoFundMe has been set up to support the family of the deceased girl. Motor vehicle accidents of this type are always carefully investigated by New Jersey police, and this one is no exception. 

According to the limited information in the report, it appears that, at around 3:25 p.m. on the afternoon of Feb. 14, the two students were riding in a vehicle with their grandfather, a 65-year-old man, when, for reasons unknown, the vehicle drifted into the oncoming lane. This prompted a crash between their vehicle and one driven by a 52-year-old Washington Township man. The force of the impact damaged both vehicles.

Motor vehicle accidents: 4 hospitalized in New Jersey

A serious accident on Valentine's Day afternoon sent four people to a local hospital, according to news sources. New Jersey police in Warren County responded to the two-car crash, which took place on Route 31 South in Washington Township. As with most motor vehicle accidents, this required significant investigation, and police have yet to file any criminal charges against either driver involved in the crash. 

According to the report, around 3:20 p.m. a sedan collided head-on with a pickup truck on the southbound side of Route 31. Three people in the sedan were rushed to a medical center in Morristown via airlift. The driver of the pickup truck was also injured and was taken to a hospital in Phillipsburg by the Franklin Township Rescue Squad. 

Motor vehicle accidents: 4 injured in Warren County

Four people were taken to a local hospital following a serious two-vehicle crash in Warren County, according to local sources. New Jersey authorities have confirmed that three medical helicopters were used to transport the injured parties. Police are still investigating the accident, as is common with many motor vehicle accidents causing injury. For the moment, no charges have been filed. 

According to the report, all three injured parties were occupants of a sedan headed southbound on Route 31 South. Around 3:25 p.m. the afternoon of Feb. 14, their vehicle reportedly crashed head-on into a pickup truck heading the opposite direction. The force of the impact totaled both vehicles, injuring both drivers and two passengers in the sedan. It is not clear which of the drivers, if either, were at fault for the crash. 

Common driving behaviors that lead to accidents

Every year, car accidents take tens of thousands of lives in the United States. Most of these accidents happen because someone made a mistake. Human error gets cited constantly, and it really sheds light on the dangers you face every day. You can only control whether or not you avoid these mistakes, not what the drivers around you do.

That said, you can watch for dangerous driver behaviors that may lead to an accident. When you see them, you can practice defensive driving and get as far from those drivers as possible. This can, in some cases, keep you out of an impending wreck. So, what are some of the most common behaviors that lead to accidents?

When unexpected issues arise that necessitate criminal defense

Most New Jersey readers would agree that life is a series of ever-changing events, some of which might occur more suddenly or unexpectedly than others. In certain situations, such as if police suspect someone of illegal drug activity, the need for criminal defense mat arise. That seems to be the case regarding a recent police investigation in Newark.

Investigators say it is not uncommon for drug dealers to stamp brand names into wax folds on packages of drugs. The officers involved in this particular investigation claim they were able to trace brand stamps found at overdose scenes, which, they also claim, led them to one specific location. They searched that location and claim to have found stamps with brand names on them that are connected with drug overdoses in at least six counties.

Multiple personal injury cases may follow New Jersey crash

A serious car accident in Jersey City injured several people earlier this month. New Jersey authorities responded to the car accident late in the day on Jan. 3. While they are not planning to file charges against the driver involved in the accident, the injured parties may ultimately choose to file personal injury lawsuits in civil court. 

According to the report, it appears an SUV driver was traveling near the intersection of Orient Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive when the accident occurred. It appears the driver lost control of the vehicle, putting the SUV in reverse. This caused several people to be pinned by the vehicle against a gate in front of a local grocer. Police are still unsure what caused the driver to put the vehicle in reverse, but they do not believe it was done intentionally or as a result of intoxication or reckless driving. 

Motor vehicle accidents: 1 dead in New Jersey

A 34-year-old man from Mount Olive died following a two-vehicle crash in New Jersey recently. Law enforcement authorities responded in the early morning of Jan. 2, where they found one person injured and later pronounced him dead. As with most motor vehicle accidents, the investigation into this tragic crash is still underway, and for the moment, no charges have been filed. 

According to the accident report, one driver was in the process of turning left onto 206 Northbound when the accident occurred. For reasons that have yet to be determined, a southbound vehicle crashed headlong into the turning car after the vehicle passed into the driver's lane of travel. The driver of the turning vehicle was rushed to a local hospital via airlift, but was later pronounced dead of his injuries. 

Motor vehicle accidents: 3 women in New Jersey killed

Three women have lost their lives after a crash in Woodbridge, according to spokespeople for the local police department. Officers in the New Jersey town responded to the crash, which reportedly involved a passenger vehicle and a tractor trailer late on the night of Dec. 20. So far, charges have not been filed against anyone involved, but as with many motor vehicle accidents, police are still attempting to determine the cause of this tragic crash. 

According to police, no eyewitnesses were present for the crash, which happened around 11:50 p.m. the night in question. It appears the tractor trailer was just pulling away from a stoplight that had recently changed to green when the passenger vehicle, driven by a 23-year-old woman, crashed into the back of it. Two passengers, aged 23 and 24, respectively, were pronounced dead at the scene. 

Motor vehicle accidents: 1 dead, 2 injured in New Jersey

A collision involving a yellow taxi and an SUV has claimed one life in New Jersey. Law enforcement authorities in Jersey City responded to the crash around 4:30 a.m. during the morning of Dec. 6. As with many motor vehicle accidents, this incident is still under investigation, and for now, no charges have been filed. 

According to the information provided in the report, the two vehicles were involved in a head-on collision at Kennedy Boulevard and Fairmount Avenue. Witnesses said the vehicles collided at a high rate of speed in an intersection known to locals to be dangerous. The impact was sufficient to trap the two occupants of the SUV, requiring emergency services to extricate them. 


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