The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled on May 14 that a man who had attempted to sue an electric company because he hit a pole with his truck may pursue the suit. The Long Valley man was injured in the 2003 car accident when he ran into a light pole during a snowstorm, according to court documents. The ruling was unanimous.
More young riders are experiencing severe injuries and even death because of the rising popularity of all-terrain vehicles, according to industry and safety officials. Since 2001, six New Jersey youngsters have perished as a result of brain injuries sustained while operating the vehicles, some because of illegal riding. Most recently, a 15-year-old was killed in Stafford Township in April of this year, despite crackdowns by local authorities.
Accidents in which a vehicle flips over are inherently more dangerous than most other types of crashes. Not only are roll-over accidents particularly deadly, but they are also far more dangerous when the driver is intoxicated, as demonstrated by a fatal crash that killed a man and left another injured this week in nearby Pennsylvania.
Driving while intoxicated constitutes criminal behavior because drunk drivers lack judgment and cognitive processing. Those facts became glaringly obvious during the sentencing of a young woman who got drunk and unintentionally drove the wrong way on a major interstate in New York. In addition to the burden the woman will bear on her conscience for the rest of her life, she is looking at nearly a decade in prison because of her bad decisions.