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New Jersey truck driver cited for crash causing personal injury

When a massive vehicle travels too close to a car in front of it, the driver may not be able to react safely and quickly enough to avoid a collision. This seems to have been the case involving a tractor-trailer and a car on a recent Friday in New Jersey. The 72-year-old tractor-trailer operator was issued several traffic citations in the incident.

The trucker reportedly was following the car too closely and also had made an unsafe lane change. This resulted in a crash that left several people injured. One of the occupants in the car was ejected from the vehicle. That particular victim is said to have gone into shock on the way to the hospital.

Immigration and naturalization issues often include asylum

New Jersey families who have emigrated from other countries understand how challenging it can be to adapt to life in the United States. Many have set immigration and naturalization goals for themselves, hoping to one day become U.S. citizens. For those who have sought asylum, they must live in the United States for at least one year after obtaining their legal status before they can apply for permanent residency.

Obtaining a green card is one of the first steps to take in the path toward citizenship. This is because having a green card is a prerequisite for applying to become a U.S. citizen. The asylum process can be quite complicated, and there is no guarantee that it will be granted or that the individual will ultimately obtain a green card. A mother and her daughters are currently navigating the asylum process in another state.

New Jersey travelers are at risk when distracted drivers are near

If you are fairly new to New Jersey, and especially if you emigrated from another country, it may have taken some time to get used to state traffic laws and driving regulations. Obtaining a valid driver's license may have been one of your main goals when you first came to live in the U.S. As you prepared for your driving test, someone likely taught you the importance of avoiding distractions behind the wheel.  

Distracted driving is a causal factor in many serious collisions. Even if you are not a licensed driver, but travel as another person's passenger or as a pedestrian in your community, you're at risk for injury if a distracted driver is in your midst. As you adapt to life in New Jersey, it's a good idea to learn where to seek support if a negligent driver causes you or your family injury.   

Family law: Drug, alcohol issues in Spice Girl's custody battle

A family law judge recently ordered a mother of several children to agree to random drug testing for a period of several months. That mother happens to be former Spice Girl, Melanie Brown. She has been entangled in a contentious child custody battle regarding her 7-year-old daughter. New Jersey parents currently facing similar issues may want to follow this case.

The child's father is reportedly receiving $5,000 per month in child support and a substantial amount of money in spousal support as well. He was married to Brown for 10 years before their divorce was settled in 2017. Brown, who also has two older daughters, ages 11 and 19, has denied allegations made against her by a former caretaker of her children, claiming she is an alcoholic and that her addiction makes her an unfit parent.

Good practices to consider on your immigration journey

Because so many laws exist that govern immigration in the United States, it can seem intimidating to enter the country and try to live your life on the right side of the law. These days, it seems like any change could potentially put you and your family in jeopardy of detainment or deportation.

Of course, because you do want to make sure that you have the ability to stay in New Jersey, you also want to stay on top of any immigration issues that you could face. Fortunately, you can help yourself achieve that goal by following several good practices when it comes to addressing your immigration situation.

New Jersey roadway recent scene of personal injury accident

New Jersey roadways are often scenes of motor vehicle collisions. Not every incident involves multiple vehicles, however, as made evident by a recent incident that resulted in personal injury. When single-vehicle collisions occur, they are often later found to have been caused by driver negligence.

Numerous negligence situations can lead to one-car accidents. For instance, if a driver is traveling at excessive speeds, there is a greater risk for collision. Driving distractions often lead to crashes as well, such as eating and drinking while driving, or using hand-held electronic devices.

Judge says prisoner's personal injury due to medical malpractice

When a New Jersey resident is sentenced to jail for conviction of a particular crime, he or she undoubtedly loses numerous privileges otherwise enjoyed outside a jail cell, such as the ability to drive himself or herself places as well as the ability to socialize with friends and family members outside a prison visiting room. However, if a prisoner suffers personal injury or an adverse health condition, he or she is entitled to prompt and appropriate medical care. A man in another state was recently awarded more than $1million because care providers failed to diagnose his skin cancer while he was incarcerated.

The man's mother says she visited her son at one point, and he was wrapped like a mummy in gauze. She also said she was horrified to see a hole in his hand that was so large she could see through it. Sadly, the man's subcutaneous lymphoma (skin cancer) was not diagnosed for another three years.

New Jersey turnpike was the scene of a recent fatal accident

One might assume that not many cars would be on a New Jersey highway at 2:45 a.m., but that is not always true. Especially during summer, roadways can be traffic laden at any hour of the day or night. Many vacationers travel in the wee hours after midnight so they can arrive at their destinations early in the morning. On a recent Sunday, there were multiple vehicles on the same stretch of road when a serious accident occurred.

There were technically two collisions. The first happened when a tractor-trailer slammed into the back of a 73-year-old woman's car. The truck operator exited his vehicle to remain on site until rescue workers and police arrived.  

Family law: Helping toddlers adapt to adoption

Many New Jersey parents expand their family sizes by adopting children from other countries. Sometimes, such parents share similar ethnic backgrounds as their adopted kids, but not always. Most families who adopt children through family law centers go through adjustment periods after they bring their children home.  

Just as birth families may encounter challenges after parents bring newborns home from the hospital, adoptive parents may also struggle from time to time, especially if their children are toddlers who cannot fully express their emotions. The good news is that there are several ways parents can help adopted children adapt to their new surroundings. By knowing where to seek support, parents can usually overcome most obstacles that arise.  

Driving behaviors that may mean a drunk driver is at the wheel

When you or your loved ones travel New Jersey roadways, there's always a possibility that an accident might occur. You've likely driven along a highway at one time or another when you see the aftermath of a recent collision on the road. Perhaps there are flares, fire trucks, police and other rescue workers nearby as well. It's not uncommon in such circumstances to hope the best for those who are injured and to be thankful that you and your family were not involved.

Many times, drunk drivers are the causes of such accidents. In New Jersey and most other states, the law considers any person operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content level of .o8 or higher legally intoxicated. In fact, in some situations, a conviction can still be handed down against a driver whose BAC is even lower than that. Knowing the signs of possible drunk driving may help you avoid collision.

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