Atlantic City & Cape May Personal Injury Law Firm Newsletters

Owner Liability for Elevator and Escalator Malfunction

In December 2007, an escalator malfunction injured seven people at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford. The bottom steps bent, causing fans to sustain foot and leg injuries. In April 2008, several people were hurt when an elevator malfunctioned at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City. Elevators and escalators allow us to navigate between floors of a building with ease and can be found in hospitals, shopping malls, schools, hotels, residential buildings, office buildings, airports and other private or public locations. Many people use these machines without ever stopping to think about the potential for passenger harm. However, escalators and elevators can and do malfunction, more often than most people may like to think, sometimes resulting in serious injuries. An owner of a building is subject to premises liability law, meaning the owner can be held responsible for certain injuries suffered by persons on the premises, including injuries sustained…
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Atlantic City Taking Steps for Safer Casinos

Our Atlantic City Accident Attorney Discusses Injuries at Casinos As the summer comes to a close, tens of thousands of people will continue to flock to Atlantic City to see what the local casinos, resorts and boardwalks have to offer. In light of this, governmental departments and businesses across the city are taking steps to reduce the likelihood of citizens and visitors suffering from casino injuries or other harm while enjoying America’s Favorite Playground. Addressing Casino Hazards The Press of Atlantic City reported about the ongoing efforts to improve safety measures for the newly created Tourist District. Some of the most common hazards to casino and Tourist District patrons include faulty security, over-serving alcohol, dangerous elevators and unsafe property conditions. According to the news source, different projects are underway to address each of these situations. For the claims of faulty security, many agencies and companies are installing video surveillance systems…
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New Law Requires Four Feet Distance Between a Passing Vehicle and a “Vulnerable User”

New Jersey recently passed a new law requiring passing motorists to give four feet of clearance to any “vulnerable user,” which includes pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders, and people riding electric scooters. Twenty-three other states have already passed similar legislation in what seems to be a growing national trend towards recognizing the traffic rights of non-motorists. Assemblywoman Stender of Middlesex, New Jersey sponsored the bill. Hopefully, the bill will raise New Jersey’s ranking from the 12th most bike friendly state back to its previous position as seventh or higher. The drop in ranking was a result of taking so long to pass such a bill. How Can Motorists Appropriately Gauge a Safe Passing Distance? The bill uses four feet as the minimum passing distance because standard traffic lanes in New Jersey are 12 feet wide. Most other states have a minimum passing distance of three feet. New Jersey’s variation on the bill…
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Improvements in Side Airbags

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced new side airbag regulations in January 2011 that are intended to reduce the number of people killed in rollover accidents in the United States. Each year, more than 10,000 people die in the 280,000 rollover crashes that occur in the U.S. According to the NHTSA, 64 percent of rollover deaths involve partial or complete ejection from the vehicle. Side airbags can block a person from being ejected through a vehicle’s windows. The new regulations will require vehicle manufacturers to improve the effectiveness of side airbags in preventing occupant ejection. If the improved side airbags successfully reduce the incidence of occupant ejection during rollover crashes, there should be a corresponding decrease in the number of rollover deaths. Unfortunately, no regulation can prevent all traffic fatalities and injuries. If you or a loved one has been seriously hurt in a car wreck caused by…
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