Personal Injury Articles for the Injured of NJ

10 Tips to Maximize Your Recovery from a Motorcycle Accident

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Sep 06, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

After a motorcycle accident, there are a handful of basic steps that most resources will recommend you take in order to protect yourself and any claim for compensation that you might pursue. I've touched on these ideas before, but I think they're worth a more systematic and in-depth look; the actions you take in the days (or even hours) after a motorcycle crash can have a dramatic impact on your claim for compensation.

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Topics: Motorcycle Accident, injury compensation, motorcycle injuries

Important Motorcycle Safety Tips

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Aug 28, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

Many people come to my blog because they've already suffered an accident, and are looking for guidance about what they should do next. But if you've come here because of a general interest in motorcycle safety, or if you're looking forward to getting back on the road after you've recovered from a motorcycle accident, there are a number of safety tips that might make the difference for you the next time you're out riding. Though many motorcycle accidents are caused by car and truck drivers who fail to notice a motorcyclist or don't know how to share the road safely, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of an accident. Since I am not a rider myself, these tips are drawn from the advice offered by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, and if even one serious accident can be prevented by this information, I'm happy to share it.

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Topics: Motorcycle Accident, motorcycle injuries

Will Roads be Safer with Self-Driving Cars?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Aug 23, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

Since the invention of the automobile, the basic notion of motor vehicle transportation has involved a certain degree of danger; vulnerable human beings ride in large, heavy machines that move at high speeds. Over the years, technological innovations have presented us with ways of reducing that danger. Safety devices such as seat belts, air bags, and vehicle crumple zones help protect our bodies, and driver-assistance features like lane departure warnings, blind spot monitors, and front end collision alerts help drivers avoid accidents by monitoring the vehicle's surroundings and warning the driver of hazards. For the past several years, companies such as Tesla and Google have been working to develop vehicle technology that they hope will make roads even safer: self-driving cars.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, driverless cars

Motorcycle Accident Injuries: Do You Have a Case?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Aug 11, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

When you contact an attorney after a motorcycle accident, one of the first things he will help you figure out is whether you have a viable personal injury case. Not all accidents will result in successful injury claims, because the circumstances and details of every accident are different. In order to win a motorcycle injury claim, you and your lawyer must be able to make a convincing case that someone else (usually the other driver involved in your accident, but occasionally some other party whose actions affected the situation in some way) was negligent, and that this act of negligence caused your injuries.

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Topics: Motorcycle Accident, injury compensation

Truck Accidents- New Technology Offers Hope - Maybe

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Aug 09, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

Any motor vehicle accident has the potential to result in devastating injuries or loss of life, but for a number of reasons, crashes involving large commercial trucks are of particular concern for trucking companies and regulatory agencies. Accidents involving these trucks can be particularly deadly, both because of their sheer mass and due to the height difference between a tractor trailer and a consumer sedan. So we can readily understand that technologies that improve the safety of large commercial trucks and help to reduce the risk of accidents are immensely valuable, both for the companies that operate these vehicles and for the motorists who share the road with the trucks.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Truck Accidents

NJ Restricts the Use of Car Interrupt Devices

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Aug 07, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

Generally, we expect that new developments in automotive technology will make our cars safer, more environmentally friendly, or more convenient. We do not expect new technologies to allow banks and dealerships to disable our vehicles if we miss a car payment. However, that is exactly the situation created by the euphemistically-termed "payment assurance devices" that many lenders are installing on the vehicles they sell to sub-prime loan customers. People who are trying to rebuild their credit and improve their financial situation -- which may require them to have transportation to get to work -- may find their cars remotely disabled if they run into a bit of financial trouble.

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Topics: Car Interrupt Devices

Negotiations in Personal Injury Cases - What to Expect

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Aug 04, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

When you begin the process of seeking compensation for injuries resulting from an accident, one of the first things you're likely to hear is that the majority of personal injury cases are resolved through a settlement rather than a court decision. (Some judges tell me it's as high as 98%.) But while popular media has given most people a general idea of what a court case looks like, personal injury negotiations to reach a settlement often remain a bit of a mystery.

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Topics: Forced Arbitration, Settlement Offer, insurance company, negotiated personal injury settlement

Motorcycle Accidents: Consult an Attorney Immediately

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Aug 02, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

Motorcycle accidents have the potential to inflict devastating changes on an accident victim's health, finances, and everyday life. Seeking compensation when the negligence of another party causes your injury may help to mitigate some of those effects, but without the aid of an experienced personal injury attorney, simple mistakes and missed opportunities can seriously damage your case and jeopardize your ability to obtain fair compensation for your injuries.

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Topics: Motorcycle Accident, Settlement Offer, insurance company

Can Pokemon Go be Made Safer for the Road?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Jul 31, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

Since its debut a little over a year ago, Pokemon Go has captured the interest of a huge and surprisingly diverse player base. The ability to encounter and capture animated creatures "in the wild" as you walk around your neighborhood appeals to more than just the children that the colorful characters seem designed for. Many adults who have enjoyed the franchise since its beginning 21 years ago have seized on this new iteration of their favorite game series, while newcomers to the Pokemon world have quickly found themselves drawn into the excitement of "catching them all." As a smartphone app, the game is even more easily able to reach a wide range of potential players, since mobile devices are rarely far from the hands of most Americans.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Distracted Driving, Pedestrian Accidents

Warning: Used Tires May Not be Safe

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Jul 26, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

Automotive repairs can be very expensive, and often the need to make a repair arises unexpectedly when something goes wrong outside of normal vehicle maintenance schedules. In order to save money, some people look for used parts to replace components that need to be replaced. Many auto repair shops will offer to install used parts to reduce the cost of the repairs they make. Naturally, used parts have already experienced some wear, and can be expected not to last as long as new replacements. With your car's tires, the cost of choosing used replacements can be too high -- old tires can result in deadly crashes.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Car Accidents

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