Category Archives: Car Accident

Multiple Injured, 1 Killed in Jefferson Crash

A 25-year-old Vernon woman was killed in a three-vehicle crash January 14, 2019 on Green Pond Road in Jefferson, New Jersey. A 36-year-old Budd Lake woman also sustained serious injuries. She was transported by medevac to Morristown Medical Center and listed in critical condition.

Police believe that the accident occurred when one of the drivers crossed into the opposite lane, struck a vehicle and rolled over before her vehicle struck a second vehicle head-on. This collision resulted the first vehicle to roll over and off the road into an embankment.

This crash is under investigation by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the Jefferson Township Traffic Safety Division.

The following emergency personnel responded to the scene of the accident: Atlantic Air 3 and Hackensack Air 1, Jefferson Township fire companies 1 and 2, the Jefferson Rescue Squad, Milton First Aid Squad, Jefferson Township OEM, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Morris County Sheriff’s Office CIS, West Milford Fire Department and Morris County Road Department. 

Stay Alert for Deer – How to Keep Your Family Safe this Winter

Fortunately for deer, the month of November is almost at a close.

According to many reports, November in New Jersey is the most dangerous month out of the year for deer, with many incidents involving vehicles striking deer on the road. To help you and your family stay safe this November, and the rest of the year, the Newark personal injury lawyer from our office provides some advice to keep a closer eye out for deer while driving.

This year, the Department of Transportation has already tallied nearly 4,745 deer that have been killed in car accidents this year alone. Several actions can be taken to help prevent future accidents from happening.

First and foremost, drive with your high beam headlights on in the dark. This way, the deer will have a better chance of seeing you before crossing the road in front of your vehicle. If a deer crossing in front of you, avoid swerving. This can result in throwing your vehicle off of the road and into danger.

Drive slowly. The speed limit is in place and enforced for a reason. Driving too quickly can cause an accident and will give you a slower time to react to a deer crossing the street.

Unfortunately, right now is mating and hunting season, so deer are especially active right now.

If you or someone you love has been involved in a car accident, do not wait to call the Newark personal injury attorney as soon as possible. You may be entitled to a settlement if your accident occurred due to an automotive defect, such as faulty brakes or a tire defect. Call the legal team at our office today for an evaluation of your case today. Most importantly, stay safe this holiday season!

Chesterfield Tragedy: 11 y.o. triplet dies when a school bus is struck by a dump truck

A bus carrying Chesterfield Elementary School students was travelling along Old York Road when a dump truck coming down Route 528 collided with the driver side rear of the bus. The collision spun the bus around, slamming the passenger side rear of the vehicle into a traffic light pole. The dump truck driver has been identified as Michael Caporale, 38, from New Egypt, New Jersey. The school bus driver is identified as John Tieman, 66, from Beverly, New Jersey.

The National Transportation Safety Board has joined the investigation into this accident, which resulted in the death of a sixth-grade student and injured 17 others, including the girl’s triplet sisters. The NTSB investigators are looking at the configuration of the highway, the signage on the highway, and the general area itself. An NTSB spokesman said that they became involved due to the fact that New Jersey is one of six states that has a seat belt requirement for school bus passengers.

The NTSB will be on scene for approximately one week, Kotowski said. After that, the group will return to Washington, D.C. where they’ll conduct a full investigation. Chesterfield Police Chief Kyle Wilson said the intersection of Route 528 and Old York Road has had 17 crashes in the last five years, including several this past year. In fact, one of the accidents — a two vehicle collision — happened just days after the fatal school bus accident. Clearly, authorities are seeking to determine whether the design of the roadway was appropriate and whether such design contributed to the accident.

Isabelle Tezsla, 11, was killed in the crash. Her triplet sisters, Natalie and Sophie, were taken along with another boy Jonathan Zdybel, also 11, to Cooper University Medical Center in critical condition after the accident. Cooper University Hospital has said that there was no change in the condition of two surviving triplets – 11-year-old Natalie Tezsla remained in stable condition while 11-year-old Sophie Tezsla remained in critical condition. The girls are the daughters of a New Jersey State Police trooper. A total of 17 students were injured in the 8 a.m. crash at the intersection of Route 528 and Old York Road after the bus was struck by a dump truck.

Toxicology blood samples have been taken from both Tieman and the driver of the dump truck, Michael Caporale, 38, of New Egypt, but no charges have been filed to date.

As a father, I cannot imagine what the Tezsla family is going through and my thoughts and prayers go out to them. If this accident was the result of someone else’s negligence, I hope that person is brought to justice and the family receives the compensation they deserve.

NJ Woman Killed in NY Accident

On May 27, 2012a car crashed into two other vehicles waiting to make a left turn then veered into oncoming traffic and hit a van head-on, killing a 66-year-old New Jersey woman. The accident occurred on Route 17 in Woodbury, about an hour outside New York City.

A 2000 Volkswagen Jetta driven by Jerome Stewart, 33, of Newark was headed south when it crashed into two cars that were waiting to turn into the Harriman Train Station. Sterwart’s vehicle then careened into oncoming traffic and hit a 2000 Chrysler van driven by 74-year-old Paul Force of Woodland Park. Force’s 66-year-old wife Sarah died later at a hospital in Suffern, NY. Mr. Stewart and two of his passengers were taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Obviously, Mr. Stewart was operating his vehicle in negligent or reckless manner by failing to observe the stopped vehicles and colliding with him. When such an accident occurs, those that are injured have a legal right to sue the negligent driver for their injuries, pain & suffering, economic losses, and wrongful death. If you or a loved on has been injured as a result of a negligent driver, contact a Car Accident Lawyer today for a free consultation.

8-Month-Old Baby Dies in Tragic Bus Accident in West New York

An 8-month-old baby died yesterday in a tragic accident when a bus on Boulevard East near 56th Street in West New York lost control and struck a lamppost, which in turn struck the baby who was in a carriage, the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office said. The baby has been identified as Angela Paredes of 79th Street in North Bergen.

The Sheriff’s Office believes that driver distraction caused the fatality and speed may have been a factor. The driver, Idowu Daramola, 48, of New York, was issued summonses for reckless driving and for using a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle, but he was booked on the criminal offense of death by auto, a crime carrying a possible prison term of five to 10 years upon conviction

As if this tradegy was not sad enough, Angela’s mother, Maylin Hogo, witnessed the accident and had to watch as emergency personnel attempted to revive her. West New York Police Officer Michael Stetson said when he arrived to the scene, the mother was screaming hysterically and crying. The baby was bleeding from the head and there was no pulse, he said. He immediately applied CPR to the infant. “After CPR, she was gasping every third breath,” Stetson said of the child. Despite their efforts, baby Angela passed away in the way to the hospital.

The family of Angela, including her father Jairo Paredes, gathered at the Jersey City Medical Center this evening. Through hospital officials, they declined to be interviewed.

As a father of two, including a 5-month old, I can’t imagine how this family must feel and my hearts and prayers go out to them. In addition to being held accountable criminally, Mr. Daramola and his employer Sphinx must also be held accountable to Angela’s family in the civil courts. Her family cetrainly has a strong claim under New Jersey’s Wrongful Death Statute and depending on the facts, may have a claim for puntiive damages.