Archive – 2010 – April
A New Jersey Transit bus collided with two other vehicles on the New Jersey Turnpike, injuring several people, according to an nj.com report. It appears that none of the injuries sustained in this crash were life-threatening. Based on news reports, it is not yet clear who or what was at fault for causing this bus collision, and, an investigation is ongoing.
If you are injured in any type of traffic accident, it is important to seek medical attention right away. Many individuals leave the scene of a collision feeling fine, only to experience pain days after the accident. Whiplash injuries and sprains which may be indicative of more serious underlying injuries may take time to surface.
Bus companies, both public and private, must abide by strict Federal safety standards in the operation and maintenance of their vehicles. It is the duty of the bus company to transport their passengers safely to their respective destinations. A bus company, or, if public buses are involved, the controlling public entity, can be held liable for an accident, injuries or fatalities caused as a result of negligence on the part of the bus driver or those who maintain the buses.
A motor vehicle accident of any type may adversely affect your health and/or economic stability. If you or a loved one has been injured in a New Jersey bus accident, contact the experienced NJ bus accident lawyers at Blume Goldfaden. We can provide a no-cost consultation and evaluation of your potential claim. Call us at 973-635-5400 to find out how we can help.
According to a CBS news report, Nissan Motor Co. is ordering a worldwide recall to repair defective brake pedals and fuel gauges. A total of 540,000 trucks, minivans and sport utility vehicles are expected to be affected by these recalls. The recalls involve 179,000 vehicles in the United States.
According to a company statement, certain Nissan vehicles have a defect in the brake pedal assembly where a pin may become loose, thus reducing braking force. Nissan claims that they have not received any reports of car accidents or personal injuries as a result of these auto product defects.
Any auto product defect that alters the effectiveness of brakes in a vehicle can pose a serious hazard to vehicle occupants, other motorists on the roadway, and pedestrians. Nissan is also issuing a larger recall to repair gas gauges that display gas present in the tank, when in fact, the fuel tank is empty. They plan on recalling 419,000 vehicles to fix this problem.
Reports indicate that the vehicles affected by the brake pedal recall include 2008 – 2010 Nissan Titan pickups, Infiniti QX56 and Nissan Armada SUVs, and some 2008 and 2009 Nissan Quest minivans. Vehicles affected by the gas gauge recall include 2005 – 2008 Nissan Titan, Armada and Infiniti QX56s as well as Nissan Frontier pickups and Pathfinder and Xterra SUVs manufactured between January and March 2006, and between October 2007 and January 2008.
If you, or, a loved one has been injured in a New Jersey auto accident, and, believe that a defective auto part caused the incident, contact the experienced auto product liability New Jersey lawyers at Blume Goldfaden. Companies which design, manufacture and distribute defective vehicles and automotive components may be held liable for injuries or deaths caused by its products. Call us at 973-635-5400 to schedule a no-cost consultation of your potential automotive product liability claim.
The owner of a crane company is facing manslaughter charges after his poorly repaired 200-foot crane collapsed over a Manhattan apartment building, and, killed two construction workers. According to an AP News article reported in the Nashua Telegraph, the owner, and, a former mechanic were indicted in connection with this fatal construction accident. News reports state that the owner of the crane company, and, the mechanic hastily repaired the giant 200-foot rig with parts ordered online from a Chinese company.
The tragic construction accident occurred in May 2008 when the top of the crane snapped, and, came crashing down. Two workers were killed, and, one other was critically injured.
If the crane were out of operation it would have deprived the owners approximately $50,000. per month in rental fees. In light of this, prosecutors allege that the company had the crane hastily repaired because they wanted it to continue generating income from construction contractors who rented the equipment; putting profits ahead of the safety and well-being of workers and the general public.
In similar construction accidents, negligent parties can also be held civilly liable and monetarily responsible for the physical pain & suffering, emotional distress, and, the financial losses suffered by injured victims and their families.
In the construction industry, employers and providers of construction equipment and tools have the responsibility to follow federal, state, and other safety standards and procedures. They have a duty to workers, and, the general public to maintain a safe work site.
If you, or, a loved one has been injured on-the-job at a construction site in New Jersey as the result of someone else’s negligence, or, wrongdoing, contact the experienced New Jersey construction accident lawyers at Blume Goldfaden. We can provide a no-cost consultation and evaluation of your potential claim. Call us at 973-635-5400 to find out how we may help.
A New Jersey driver sustained serious injuries in an SUV rollover accident after he lost control of his 2006 Jeep Wrangler. Mycentraljersey.com reports that the SUV skidded off the road after it hit a patch of ice, and, rolled over. The driver was airlifted to an area hospital where he underwent surgery. Officials are investigating the cause of the accident which took place along Route 9 South in Old Bridge, New Jersey.
Driving in icy conditions can be extremely dangerous and requires skill and experience; it is important to make sure you stay well within, if not under the speed limit, and, to maintain a safe distance between you and other vehicles. In this particular case, it is not clear what caused the rollover accident. However, after any rollover accident, it is important to examine whether a vehicle defect, or, mechanical malfunction in the vehicle may have caused, or, contributed to the loss of control of the vehicle.
Several studies have found that SUVs in general have the propensity to roll over because of their higher center of gravity, and, narrower track width. In addition, product defects such as a weak roof may contribute to injuries sustained in rollover accidents (roof crush). Roof crush in SUV rollover accidents can cause severe injuries, such as traumatic brain trauma/injury, and, spinal cord injuries. When an SUV overturns during a crash, a weak roof can collapse under the stress/weight, increasing the risk of major injury to the vehicle’s occupants. In addition, seatback and seatbelt defects can contribute to one sustaining more severe injuries in SUV rollover accidents.
If you or, someone you love has been seriously hurt in an SUV rollover accident caused by a defective automotive product, or, a vehicle defect, contact Blume Goldfaden to discuss your case with a skilled New Jersey auto defect lawyer. Call us at 973-635-5400 for a no-cost consultation of your potential auto products liability claim.
Three people were injured in an auto accident in Haworth, New Jersey, after two cars and a police vehicle crashed at an intersection. According to a northjersey.com news report, the crash occurred at the intersection of Haworth Avenue and Maple Street when a car going south on Maple hit the police car traveling west on Haworth. The police cruiser then struck another vehicle that was attempting to turn left on to Maple from eastbound Haworth. The police officer was taken to a local hospital where he was treated, and, released. The drivers of the other cars were also transported to nearby hospitals.
Any time an accident takes place at an intersection, an investigation should be conducted to ascertain who was at fault. This is can be determined by establishing which driver had the right-of-way at the intersection at the time of the accident. It is also important to determine if any of the drivers violated vehicle & traffic laws (e.g. run a red light or stop sign). Those vehicle operators or drivers at fault for an accident as well as the vehicle’s owners can be held accountable for injuries and damages caused as a result of the accident. Those injured, as well as their families may be able to seek compensation to cover medical costs, loss of wages, physical harm, property loss, and, other related damages.
If you have been injured in a New Jersey auto accident, contact an experienced NJ car accident lawyer at Blume Goldfaden. We can provide a no-cost consultation, and, evaluation of your potential claim. Call us at 973-635-5400 to learn how we may be able to help. Remember that there are time limitations to file claims against governmental agencies (e.g., Municipalities, Police Departments, etc.) in New Jersey. If your potential claim involves a governmental entity, such as a police department, consult a lawyer without delay.
Hitachi Koki U.S.A. has issued a product defect recall for about 65,000 coil nailers that can cause serious eye injuries. According to an alert issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), these nailers may have a faulty feeder that could allow nails to be ejected sideways; posing a serious risk of personal injury to the person using the nail gun, or, to bystanders. So far, Hitachi Koki U.S.A. has received 37 reports of nails being ejected sideways; including 15 reports of injuries, mostly of the eye, with some resulting in partial blindness.
These coil nailers, which are used to propel nails into drywall, wood, or, other materials, were manufactured in Japan. From November 2002 through March 2006 these nailers were sold at home improvement stores such as Lowe’s and Home Depot, as well as online on sites such as Amazon.com.; and were priced between $350 and $400. If you own, or, use any of these defective products, please stop using them right away, and, contact Hitachi Koki U.S.A. for a free repair.
Nail guns can be extremely dangerous. Whether they are used at industrial or construction sites in New Jersey, or in the home, they have the potential to cause debilitating personal injuries including blindness or death. In such cases, victims and their families can seek compensation for physical pain and suffering and to cover treatment expenses, lost earnings, and, other related damages.
If you have been injured as a result of a defective nail gun or another defective product, contact the skilled New Jersey product liability attorneys at Blume Goldfaden at 973-635-5400. We can determine if your injuries were caused by a potentially hazardous product, whether there was inadequate protection against those dangers, or, if the injuries were caused by a defective design of the product. Contact one of our skilled New Jersey defective tool lawyers for a no-cost consultation at 973-635-5400.