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Avoid getting in a car accident as harsh weather hits New Jersey

In advance of the storm that hit on Feb. 13, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced a State of Emergency. He further announced that state offices would be closed and non-essential employees should remain at home. Staying at home during such storms is important for the safety of everyone in order to avoid being involved in a car accident or getting hurt in another kind of extreme weather-related incident.

As a result of the Governor's State of Emergency announcement, the State Director of Emergency Management was imbued with the authority to make necessary preparations and respond to emergency situations immediately, as they developed. Under a State of Emergency, the director can efficiently coordinate with county and city emergency operations and other government agencies. The Governor further stated that his administration would continue to watch the status of events throughout the period of the storm.

The governor made his announcement after meteorological warnings that the storm would bring a chilly Valentine's Day with heavy snow, icy driving conditions and below freezing temperatures. Under such conditions, New Jersey drivers are always encouraged to stay off the roads. Indeed, it is best to be safe rather than sorry under such circumstances.

If an irresponsible driver does not follow traffic laws and causes an accident that results in the injury or death of another person, he or she cannot simply blame the car accident on bad weather. Indeed, any victims of such negligence (or the surviving family of a fatal accident victim) will have the right to pursue civil claims for restitution against that individual. In the meantime, there is no substitute for the use of caution on the road, and avoiding driving in poor driving conditions is typically the wisest decision.

Source: abclocal.go.com, State of emergency declared in New Jersey before storm, No author, Feb. 12, 2014

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