Personal Injury Articles for the Injured of NJ

NHTSA: Back to School Safety Month. Walk, Bike, and Ride to School Safely!

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Sep 02, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

The new school year is fast approaching (undoubtedly much faster than most school-aged children would prefer), and with it comes the rush of back-to-school preparations. But in the scramble to buy notebooks, #2 pencils, and the perfect pair of sneakers, it's worth taking a moment to consider your child's route to school and back again every weekday. Kids travel between home and school in a variety of ways: some are driven by parents, while others take the school bus, walk, or ride a bike. There are benefits to each of these, depending on a family's situation, but each method comes with its own hazards as well. Considering these possible dangers carefully can help you plan the safest commute possible for your child.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Injuries to Children, Bicycle Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, Bicycle Safety

Children and Bicycle Accidents

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Apr 04, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

Bicycles are excellent tools for both transportation and exercise, so it's no surprise that more than 70 percent of American children between the ages of 5 to 14 ride bikes. Unfortunately, bicycles can also present a significant safety risk. Children in the 5-to-14 age group account for more than half of all bicycle-related injuries that require emergency room treatment, and more than one-fifth of bicycle-related fatalities. This is partly due to the fact that children of these ages spend more time on bikes than adults; while most adults have the option of driving from one place to another, a bicycle is the sole independent transportation tool available to many children. Kids aged 5 to 14 spend approximately 50 percent more time behind the handlebars than the average cyclist, giving them substantially more opportunity to be injured.

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Topics: Injuries to Children, Bicycle Accidents, Bicycle Safety

Kids are at Risk for Accidents

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Jun 17, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

For parents, the idea of their child being hurt or killed in an accident is the ultimate nightmare. Tragically, sometimes that nightmare comes true. Knowing about the risks and how to reduce them can give parents a greater ability to protect their children, and may provide answers and understanding when an accident happens despite the parents' best efforts. If disaster does strike through the fault of another, the advice and guidance of an experienced and compassionate child injury lawyer is an essential asset in helping the family find answers and recover stability in the aftermath of an accident.

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Topics: Injuries, Car Accidents, Dog Bites, Injuries to Children, Bicycle Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents

Bicycle Accident Road Deaths Exceed Airline Deaths

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Oct 13, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

There are many excellent reasons to make cycling part of your or recreational life or even your daily commute: exercise, reducing your carbon footprint, and saving money on gasoline. In many cities across the country, more commuters are choosing this clean, healthy, and inexpensive mode of transportation. Unfortunately, most of the nation's cities are still structured around an automobile-based commuter culture, so the infrastructure to make bicycle travel safer isn't always present or effective, and motorists aren't always used to looking for cyclists when they enter an intersection or make a turn. As a result, bicycle injuries are more common, and more serious, than many people might suspect. Based on 2012 statistics, it's not unreasonable to say that riding a bicycle can be more dangerous than traveling by airplane; in that year, there were 726 fatalities from bicycle accidents across the country – nearly two every day, on average. In the same year, there were no commercial airline accident deaths. Many people are afraid to fly, but it's clear that cycling presents a much higher actual risk of injury or death.

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Topics: Bicycle Accidents

Did You Know? Some Bicycle Accident Injuries are Covered by Your Car Insurance in NJ

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, May 28, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

As thousands of New Jersey cyclists realize, a bicycle is an excellent way to get around, whether you bike recreationally or as part of your daily commute. Riding a bicycle can save you money in this age of high gas prices, it reduces your carbon footprint, and it helps you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Still, as with any form of transportation, accidents happen – and it's important to understand how things work if you're a cyclist who is struck by a motor vehicle. When bikes and cars collide, serious bicycle injuries often result, and who pays those medical bills? It's not who you probably think.

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Topics: Automobile Insurance, New Jersey Personal Injury Attorney, Bicycle Accidents, Bicycle Safety

Motorcycle Accidents Addressed in National Motorcycle Safety Month

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, May 12, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

After a particularly harsh winter, the weather is finally beginning to get warm and comfortable again, meaning that motorcyclists will be taking to the roads in increasing numbers in the coming weeks. However, the cold and wet over the winter has taken its toll on New Jersey's roads, as State Transportation Commissioner Jim Simpson noted at a recent budget hearing. Potholes and other road damage caused by the melting and re-freezing of snow and ice are particularly dangerous for motorcyclists; driving over a deep pothole might cause damage to the alignment of four-wheeled vehicles, but the same pothole could cause serious motorcycle accidents.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motorcycle Accident, Dangerous Condition, Bicycle Accidents

Head Injuries in Young Adults May Trigger Violent Behavior

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Apr 16, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

Medical science has made great strides in understanding how the human brain works, develops, and responds to injury. Much of the functioning of the organ that shapes our thoughts, emotions, and personality remains unknown territory, but the scientific community continues to research the brain and expand our understanding of it. Learning the consequences of injuries to the brain is particularly important, because every year as many as 1.7 million Americans experience a traumatic brain injury (or TBI) as a result of blows, bumps, or jolts, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many of these injuries are suffered in motor vehicle accidents and in falls. Pedestrians and bicyclists are at particular risk to head and brain injuries when involved in accidents with motor vehicles.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Brain Injury, Injuries to Children, New Jersey Personal Injury, Bicycle Accidents

Cars and Bicycle Accidents and the 3 Feet Please Movement

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Apr 07, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

Riding a bicycle, whether for recreation or as part of your daily commute, is an excellent form of exercise. It also helps keep the roads less crowded and the skies less polluted. However, many of the roads in New Jersey towns and all across the country do not have dedicated bike lanes or paths. Cyclists are often forced to share a lane with cars and trucks, whose drivers are frequently less than willing to share the lane safely. Across the country, there are hundreds of cyclist fatalities every year from bicycle accidents and tens of thousands more cyclists injured.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Bicycle Accidents, Bicycle Safety

"Complete Streets" Policy to Provide Safe Routes for Bikers and Pedestrians

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Mar 26, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

Most of the roads in communities throughout America were not designed for any traffic other than passenger motor vehicles – and indeed, many people would ask, what other traffic besides cars and trucks should we expect to see on our roads? The reality, of course, is that every day, many of the country's pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transit riders use roads that are unsuited to their needs, for lack of any other option. Some streets lack even sidewalks where people can walk safely, to say nothing of bicycle lanes or crosswalks. This can result in devastating pedestrian or bicycle accidents with cars in which the cyclist or person on foot may sustain life-altering injuries.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Bicycle Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, Bicycle Safety

Bike-car accident? Don’t assume you’re fine.

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Feb 28, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

Bike riding has been popular with people of all ages for generations. More and more adults are using bikes to commute to work as well as for recreation. But more riders in congested traffic areas increases the risk of accidents, and as a bicyclist, you are entirely exposed. A bike is no protection against an automobile, truck or bus. Bicycle injuries are a very real risk.

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Topics: Bicycle Accidents, Bicycle Safety

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