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New Jersey car accidents: 3 young women critical

Car accidents can occur at any time. Under most circumstances, insurance and registration information are exchanged and people go on their way. This is not the case for several families in New Jersey who are holding vigils at loved ones' hospital beds. Car accidents among young people in New Jersey are a significant concern.

The crash happened on a recent Tuesday morning at 6:31 a.m. A sedan traveling north on a local roadway collided with a box truck that was headed west on an intersecting road. The box truck was found resting on top of the car after pushing it into a culvert. A towing company responded with heavy-duty wreckers to lift the truck off the car. First responders from three separate rescue companies worked together, using the Jaws of Life to rescue the trapped victims.

More people are dying in drunk driving accidents

Federal statistics show that fatalities from drunk driving have risen significantly in New Jersey by 25 percent. This figure puts New Jersey in the top four states in the country for drunk driving accidents involving fatalities. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration officials reported that 137 people died last year, up 27 percent over 2015 alcohol-impaired crashes. Only three other states saw a higher increase.

Experts agree that New Jersey needs more education and that drivers are not taking the risk of alcohol-impaired driving seriously. New Jersey saw a sharp decline from 2014 to 2015 in alcohol-related deaths but rose dramatically in 2016 to 137 deaths. Overall 601 people died in New Jersey car crashes in 2016. This increase of 7.1 percent surpassed the national average of 5.6 percent.

Drunk driving accidents in New Jersey: Two brothers perish

A family is devastated by the loss of two brothers and a third who is being charged in their deaths after a deadly car accident. The crash happened on Sunday at 1:15 a.m. on Route 46 in Dover, New Jersey. Sadly, the consequences of drunk driving accidents will impact this family and all others involved forever.

A 36-year-old Dover man and his two brothers were out celebrating his birthday when the crash occurred. He claims to have only had two beers at a local club. The driver was unable to negotiate a turn or control the vehicle supposedly because his foot became stuck. One brother died at the scene, and the other passed away at Morristown Medical Center of his injuries. Two additional passengers were also injured.

New Jersey drunk driving accidents: mother of two killed

Flowers mark the spot in Washington Township where a young mother recently lost her life because of someone allegedly driving drunk. Drunk driving accidents are a tragedy for all involved, but this one in New Jersey, is particularly tragic. The family is still in shock, and rightfully so.

The accident occurred on Route 42 on Sept. 15, 2017. Authorities say that the crash occurred when a 20-year-old man was driving a truck that crossed the center median and struck another vehicle. The driver of the other car, a 31-year-old mother of two small children, died at the scene of the accident. 

Summers are synonymous with motorcycle accidents

A perfect September night for a motorcycle ride ends in tragedy. What should have been a relaxing, carefree evening turned into one of horrific proportions -- all because a driver did not look out for a motorcycle. New Jersey and summer are synonymous with motorcycle accidents because of vehicle drivers do not share the road.

A 25-year-old Toms River woman carelessly turned her minivan into the path of Yamaha motorcyclist on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 at about 8:45 p.m. on County Road 539 in Whiting. The motorcyclist was traveling eastbound on Route 70 when the minivan turned into his lane while attempting to enter a convenience store parking lot. He was transported to a local hospital following the collision.

Big rigs and drunk driving accidents

Tractor-trailer crashes seem to be more common than ever on interstates today. The size of these vehicles alone is daunting and intimidating to those who drive next to them on New Jersey highways. Imagine how devastating it would be if a truck driver gets behind the wheel of one of these giant trucks drunk and causes a string of drunk driving accidents.

A horrific crash just like that occurred in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, on Sept. 7, 2017 at 3:36 p.m. The result, authorities say, of a truck driver allegedly drunk behind the wheel of a big rig. The truck driver has since been charged with driving under the influence. Prosecutors say that someone dialed 911 to report that the he was driving erratically prior to the crash. Authorities say it began on Route 440 south near the 2.7-mile marker

What to do when an animal bites in New Jersey

The Disease Control and Prevention reports that, across the United States, 4.5 million people each year are bitten by dogs and 400,000 by cats. Cats and dogs are the only animals included in these statistics. Without a doubt there are many more cases of animal bites that most likely did not require any type of medical attention. In New Jersey, recent changes require that all animal-related injuries be reported.

All injuries from an animal, no matter how small should be cleaned immediately. Hundreds of thousands each year visit local hospitals with infections in their wounds because of improper cleaning. Over 100,000 people end up in hospital emergency rooms suffering from cat scratch fever.

New Jersey car accidents now more common

In New Jersey, charges have been filed regarding a motor vehicle crash that killed two. Most people may never have their lives touched by car accidents, but several families' lives will never be the same as a result of this tragedy. Loved ones are mourning the loss of two women who died in the crash. The driver has been charged with death by auto.

Police are still investigating what occurred in the early-morning hours, but it is believed that a 23-year-old woman was driving recklessly and was also intoxicated. The sedan found at the scene was registered to her. The car had rolled over in the early morning hours, and all four people in the auto were ejected. One person died on the scene, another was rushed to a local hospital and died there, and a third was treated and released. The driver remained in the hospital.

Senior drivers may cause fewer car accidents that some may think

Some in New Jersey may believe that any senior driver is a threat to the safety of others. This may be a misconception, because -- without comparing the numbers of car accidents caused by drivers of different ages -- several facts invalidate that perception. Apart from some exceptions, seniors diligently wear their seat belts and observe speed limits. They avoid driving while impaired, driving after dark and in bad weather, and they mostly stay away from high traffic areas and busy intersections.

Family members of older drivers may become concerned for the safety of their loved ones and other road users. However, driving may be the only bit of independence that person has left, and getting him or her to give that up is never easy. With old age comes deteriorating cognitive functioning, reduced hearing and sight, and the dangerous side effects of medication. It may help to look for signs that they struggle navigating on familiar roads. They may fail to stop at stop signs or obey other road signs; they may not be able to see them anymore.

Car accidents: 2 drivers seriously injured in East Brunswick

Two New Jersey women suffered serious injuries when their vehicles collided in the early evening of a recent Wednesday. This appears to have been just one of several car accidents on a particular road in East Brunswick. Law enforcement has launched an investigation into the crash.

A preliminary accident report indicates that the collision occurred shortly after 5:30 p.m. when a driver in a car heading east attempted to turn left onto another road. However, it appears she failed to yield and turned directly into the path of a westbound SUV. The SUV smashed into the left-turning sedan.

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