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Gregg Williams Accident News: Fatal Crash into Disabled Vehicle on New Jersey Turnpike Fatal

On Thursday November 12, 2020, right before midnight, a Lincoln Town car was disabled on the New Jersey Turnpike near Exit 8 in East Windsor.

It was disabled cross the right and middle lanes. A Jeep that was traveling crashed into the rear of the Lincoln, killing the two passengers seated in the back of the car. The driver and front passenger sustained life threatening injuries.

If you or anyone you know has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the Law Offices of Gregg A. Williams today at 732-514-6635!

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We take our client’s safety very seriously.  Our office did not re-open until we installed a completely new and modern ventilation and air filtration system.  Throughout our building we have installed touchless entry systems.   All walkways, elevators and stairways are limited to one party.  We also have implemented strict social distances measures like meetings at opposite ends in one our spacious and beautiful conference rooms.   

If you have been injured in an accident, you can feel safe and comfortable meeting with one of our attorneys.  Give us a call at 732-514-6635.

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Top Middlesex County Slip and Fall Lawyers

Inclement weather can cause icy patches and wet floors both indoors and outdoors at places of business. Property owners may not be able to control the weather, but they do have a duty to keep their walkways, entrances and other areas that are exposed to the elements clean and free of slipping hazards.

According to the CDC, over 800,000 patients become hospitalized each year due to a fall injury, many suffering fractures, head, neck and back injuries. 

In addition to physical pain and suffering, a slip-and-fall injury has financial consequences as well. The medical expenses can be substantial, and they can become especially hard to pay if you are too injured to work.

Slip and fall accidents can occur anywhere, but there are a few common places where injuries occur:

  • Grocery Stores
  • Retail Stores
  • Restaurants
  • Convenience Stores
  • Gas Stations
  • Hotels
  • Apartment complexes
  • Parking lots

If you or anyone you know has been injured in a Slip and Fall accident, call the Law Offices of Gregg A. Williams today at 732-514-6635 for a free consultation!

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Car Accident? Your Insurance Does Not Always Go up.

One of the most predominant concerns many people have when they are involved in a car accident is, will my insurance rates or premiums go up? The short answer to that is no, not if  the accident was not your fault.

Further, insurance companies will decide whether to increase or not regardless of medical treatment or bringing a lawsuit.

Most accidents will not make your rates go up. For example

  • Your car was struck in the rear by another vehicle.
  • Your car was struck in a hit-and-run accident.
  • The driver of another car was charged of a moving traffic violation associated with the accident, but you were not charged of a moving traffic violation.

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$2.25 million Settlement for Woman Injured in Automobile Accident

On March 1, 2017 a Monmouth County woman driving straight through an intersection was injured when another vehicle left turned in front of her causing a collision wherein a second vehicle then struck our client’s vehicle in the rear.   As a result, our client sustained meniscus tears to both knees necessitating arthroscopic surgery to both knees as well as pain management injections. 

Gregg Williams handled the case for the office and was able to reach an out-of-court settlement at a recent telephonic settlement conference.   Mr. Williams was able to secure a settlement of $2.25 million for our client.  This was one of the largest settlements statewide for 2020.   

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What are my rights if my spouse is injured in an Accident?

A serious injury often affects those who are close to the accident victim. The aftermath of such an injury can be particularly hard on the spouse of the injury victim. For many couples, marriage is a partnership; spouses rely on one another for support in all aspects of their lives, from help with household maintenance and child rearing to emotional and intimate companionship. The loss of this aid, support, and company due to one spouse’s injury in an accident is known as loss of consortium, and is a form of damages for which the spouse who was not injured may have the right to seek compensation.

Generally, a marriage is required for a loss of consortium claim. Other relationships may bare several similarities to marriage and cause much of the same kinds of burdens on the other person, but a marital relationship signifies an explicit agreement to share the responsibilities and burdens of daily life with another person, and to share a relationship of mutual support and affection. When an injury interferes with one partner’s ability to participate fully in their marital relationship, the other partner suffers and is entitled to be made whole insofar as the law can provide. While an unmarried romantic partner, a roommate, or a sibling may suffer some of those same burdens, the nature of the relationship is different enough that the law does not provide the same sort of remedy.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact The Law Offices of Gregg A. Williams today!

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Memorial Day Weekend Fatal Crashes in NJ

South Brunswick–South Brunswick police have identified the two people killed in the Memorial Day crash, which occurred Monday morning on Rt. 130 near Wheeling Road.

Michael Santana, 24, of Staten Island and Zarine Arshakyan, 55, of Lawrenceville, were identified as the two people who died in the crash. They were driving in two different cars. The crash was reported at 7:37 a.m. Monday and shut down Rt. 130 in both directions for eight hours on the holiday.

According to South Brunswick police, the crash occurred when Santana, driving a 2016 Nissan headed northbound on Rt. 130, lost control of his vehicle, spun out, crossed the median, and slammed head-on into Arshakyan’s car as it traveled south. Both cars came to rest in the southbound side of the highway. Arshakyan’s vehicle was then sideswiped by a 2013 Honda driven by Astra Witty, 40, of Scotch Plains. Witty was not injured in the crash.

Traffic investigators say speed was a factor in the initial crash. The crash continued to cause a chain reaction: A separate two-car crash took place near the scene as other drivers tried to avoid the initial fatal crash.

North Brunswick– A 19-year-old Jamesburg young woman was killed in a fatal Rt. 1 car crash in North Brunswick early Sunday morning.

The young woman has been identified as Felicity Eden, 19, from Jamesburg, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s office.

The crash involved three cars and occurred at approximately 4:11 a.m. on Rt. 1 south in the area of the North Brunswick Walmart, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor. According to her obituary, she worked as a dietary aide with Care One in East Brunswick.

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Fatal Crash During Coronavirus Kills Three, Including Infant

Perth Amboy, NJ: It is often during times of crisis that the worst of people becomes evident—this incident is no exception.

On March 28, 2020, Patrick Monahan, 38, of Staten Island, was driving a 2018 Ram 1500 pick-up and was driving aggressively, cutting in and out of traffic, said police. He was also recorded driving 40 miles per hour faster than the posted speed limit just seconds before striking a Ford minivan on Convery Boulevard, said Perth Amboy police.

The minivan’s passengers, Maria De Lourdes Aguerra, 47, and Maria Garcia, 44, both of Elizabeth, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. An 8-month-old infant in the minivan was airlifted to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, but died Saturday.

The Staten Island man who told police he was “out visiting friends” killed three people Friday night. A search of his pick-up truck also revealed suspected controlled dangerous substances, said police, who did not specify what the drugs were.

Monahan was charged with aggravated manslaughter in the first degree, three counts of vehicular homicide in the second degree and one count of aggravated assault in the third degree. In addition, after he told police he was out visiting friends, he was also charged with three counts of Violation of Law Intended to Protect Public Health and Safety and Recklessly Causing Death in the second degree, one count of Violation of Law Intended to Protect Public Health and Safety and Recklessly Causing Bodily Injury in the fourth degree, and one count of Violation of an Emergency Order.

Monahan violated Governor Murphy’s March 21 order that restricts non-essential activities in the state of New Jersey, said police.

He is currently being held at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center.

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ON Saturday March 21, 2020, New Jersey Governor Murphy ordered all “non-essential” retail businesses to close. In compliance, we have closed our offices to the public.

Regardless we are doing our best to be here for the citizens of New Jersey.

The lawyers and staff at The Law Offices of Gregg A. Williams are still here to serve you. We are available by email, phone, Zoom, Skype, FaceTime or other means to answer your personal injury questions, needs and protect your rights.

We will continue to be available for your needs both in the office and remotely as best as we are able.

As to cases that we already represent you, your calls, emails and correspondence will be answered in a timely and professional manner as much as possible. We want to continue to deliver the same quality of service our clients have come to expect from our office.

Should you have any issue or concerns, please do not hesitate to call or email us. Most importantly, stay safe and healthy as we navigate this new normal together.

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New Truck Accident Study by FMCSA—Hopefully Reducing Crashes

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced plans to conduct a new truck crash causation study for the first time in over 15 years. The study is designed to provide new information about the causes of truck accidents, taking into account shifts in technology and driver behavior. In particular, the FMCSA wants to see how cell phone use has impacted truck crashes.

The FMCSA is currently “seeking information on how best to design and conduct a study to identify factors contributing to all FMCSA-reportable crashes involved in tow-away, injury, and fatal accidents.” FMCSA plans to employ a methodology that addresses “the use of on-board electronic systems which can generate information about speeding, lane departure, and hard braking,” but it will also seek to identify other behaviors, activities, and conditions that play a role in truck accidents.

In recent years, large truck accident rates have risen. Between 2009 and 2018, deadly trucking collisions rose by 52.6%. Back in 2003 when the FMCSA completed its initial truck crash causation study, it determined that driver error was the major cause of collisions. It will be looking to see whether that fact remains true in recent years and, in particular, whether a truck driver’s negligence is the primary reason for crashes in an era of increased technology.

The following facts and figures from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) help to show the severity of truck accidents:

  • 4,136 people were killed in truck accidents in 2018;
  • 67% of those killed in trucking collisions are occupants of passenger vehicles;
  • 16% of people who suffer fatal injuries in large truck collisions are large truck occupants;
  • 15% of people killed in large truck crashes are pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists;
  • Truck accident deaths have risen significantly between 2009-2018 (truck accident rates were at their lowest in 2009); and
  • Rate of truck occupant deaths has increased particularly significantly since 2009.

If you or a loved one sustained serious injuries in a truck crash, contact the Law Offices of Gregg A. Williams today!