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Reporting Deadlines for Car Accident Injury Cases in NJ

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Nov 16, 2018

By Francis M. Smith

After a serious car accident, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the unexpected new demands on your attention – you may have medical appointments and physical therapy to get to, you might have to take time away from work or find someone to take care of your kids, not to mention the hassles of getting your vehicle repaired. With all these demands on your time and concentration, it’s easy to forget about the reporting deadlines for your accident. However, missing these deadlines can cause tremendous problems for your injury case, and may prevent you from getting the care you need or the compensation you deserve.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Car Accidents, New Jersey motor vehicle accident attorney

What are NJ's Laws Regarding Car Baby Seats?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Nov 14, 2018

By Francis M. Smith

Today’s automobiles are designed with a truly impressive array of features meant to protect passengers in the event of a collision, sudden stop, or other dangerous event. However, these safety features are overwhelmingly designed with adults in mind. This is understandable, since not all cars will carry child passengers, and a child’s safety restraint needs change as they grow. But just as adults are legally required to wear a seat belt, New Jersey law requires that children be secured in appropriate safety restraints when riding in a car. In 2015 the New Jersey legislature passed an updated standard for required child safety car seats, to ensure that child passengers remain as safe as possible. As these requirements are rather detailed, I wanted to break them down here to help parents trying to make sure that their vehicles are equipped to keep their children safe.

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Topics: NJ Car Seat Law

Road Dangers for Bicyclists and Pedestrians

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Nov 12, 2018

By Francis M. Smith

Whenever cyclists and pedestrians share space with motorists, there exists the danger of a collision. The person walking or biking will almost inevitably come off worse in any such accident, because they lack the protection of a motor vehicle and its myriad design features intended to protect its passengers from harm. Most cyclists have no more protective gear than a bicycle helmet standing between them and serious injury, and pedestrians generally have only the clothes on their backs, which offer negligible protection. It’s no surprise, then, that pedestrians and cyclists who are struck by motor vehicles often sustain severe injuries, including bone fractures, abrasions and lacerations (with ensuing risk of infection and scarring), head trauma (including traumatic brain injury), and back or spinal injuries. In the worst cases, the collision may result in death.

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Topics: Bicycle Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, Bicycle Safety

Car Racing Belongs on the Race Tracks - Not on Streets

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Nov 09, 2018

By Francis M. Smith

Our nation’s roads, from lazy suburban streets to bustling interstate highways, exist for the benefit of everyone – and as such, all road users have a responsibility to obey traffic laws and otherwise conduct themselves in a way that does not create unnecessary danger for others who share the road with them. For most of us, this is an intuitive and obvious fact: don’t drive recklessly because you might hurt someone. Unfortunately, some drivers choose to ignore this fundamental societal agreement, using public roadways as an arena for illegal street racing.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Speeding, car racing

Insurance Tactics to Reduce Claims for Pedestrian and Bicycle Accident Cases

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Oct 15, 2018

By Francis M. Smith

Insurance companies employ highly trained professionals known as claims adjusters to handle personal injury cases caused by the negligence of their policy holders. When a pedestrian or cyclist like you is struck by a vehicle, a claims adjuster for the driver’s insurance company springs into action as soon as the accident is reported. Regardless of what the claims adjuster may say to you, he has one goal in mind, the purpose for which the insurance company hired him: to ensure that his employer has to pay you as little money as he can manage, or none at all. To that end, insurance adjusters have a large playbook of tactics at their disposal, but a few tricks are particularly common – simply because they overwhelmingly tend to work against injured claimants who lack experience in dealing with insurance companies and injury lawsuits. By learning how to recognize these deceptive tactics and knowing how to respond, you can protect yourself from being unfairly denied the opportunity to receive the fair compensation you deserve.

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Topics: Bicycle Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, injury compensation, insurance company, insurance adjuster

Boating and Jet Ski Accidents

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Oct 12, 2018

By Francis M. Smith

For New Jersey residents, taking to the water is a popular way to beat the late-summer heat, either at the beach or at one of the state’s numerous bodies of fresh water. The warm weather is an excellent opportunity to enjoy boating or the use of personal watercraft, but the popularity of boating brings its own dangers along. Car accidents remain the largest source of transportation-related injuries and fatalities in the U.S., but recreational boating accidents easily take up second place, with more than 4,158 accidents that caused 2,613 injuries and 626 deaths, as reported by the U.S. Coast Guard for 2015, an increase in fatalities over the year prior.

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Topics: NJ Personal Injury Case, injury compensation, boating accidents, jet ski accidents

How is medical care for bicycle accidents’ and pedestrian accidents’ injuries covered?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Sep 21, 2018

By Francis M. Smith

In the aftermath of any accident, your first priority should be to seek medical care for yourself and anyone else who suffered injuries. However, that critical step brings up its own series of concerns, starting with the question of how the medical treatment you receive will be paid for. If you were injured in an auto accident while driving or riding in a car, the answer is fairly simple, due to New Jersey’s no-fault insurance laws. But what happens when you’re struck by a car while walking or riding a bicycle? This is a much less familiar situation, and many injury victims who find themselves in an emergency room being asked for their insurance information don’t know the answer to it.

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Topics: Bicycle Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents

How does the Claims Process Work in Pedestrian and Bicycle Accident Cases

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Sep 19, 2018

By Francis M. Smith

When an injured client comes to me after a pedestrian or bicycle accident, their first question is often, “Do I have a case worth pursuing?” Once we discuss their accident and determine that they have a strong enough case, the next question tends to be, “How does all this work, and how long will it take?” This is a question that can be both easy and difficult to answer: easy, in that the basic structure and sequence of events remains much the same for most injury cases – difficult, in that the details of every case are unique and may cause different steps to take more or less time than average.

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Topics: Bicycle Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, settlement compensation

Common School Injuries to Avoid and Mitigate

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Sep 17, 2018

By Francis M. Smith

A new school year has begun, filled with new opportunities for your child: making new friends, developing new interests, and having new experiences. Unfortunately, the start of the school year also marks the start of the potential for school-related injuries. Parents should be aware of the most common ways that children can be injured at or around school, in order to best protect their children without unnecessarily restricting their ability to explore and grow. In the event that a child is injured at school, it’s crucial for parents to know how to get their child the care that they need to recover fully and get back on track, both physically and academically.

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Topics: Sports Injuries, concussion, traumatic brain injury, school bus accident

When a Child is Injured in a School Bus Accident in NJ

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Sep 14, 2018

By Francis M. Smith

It’s a nightmare scenario for parents of school-age children: your child is riding a school bus when the bus gets into an auto accident. Families all across New Jersey rely on school buses to transport their children to and from school, and even children who don’t regularly ride the bus will most likely climb on board a few times a year for class field trips. One such accident took place in May of this year, when a bus taking fifth-graders on a field trip collided with a dump truck. The resulting crash claimed the lives of one student and a teacher, and injured 43 others.

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Topics: injury compensation, federal tort claims act, tort law, school bus accident

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