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

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

Francis M. Smith, Esq. Urges Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Improvements

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Apr 25, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

New Jersey is among the two worst states regarding pedestrian and bicycle safety. The statistics for injuries and fatalities, and the record for infrastructure improvements to prevent these accidents, is dismal. According to a recent Tri-State Transportation Campaign analysis and data from the NJ State Police:

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Topics: Pedestrian Accidents, Bicycle Safety

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

Traumatic Brain Injury May Cause Problems in Adolescent Development

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Apr 04, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

Parents often joke that their teenage kids "have a hard head" when it comes to arguments and differences of opinion. Many people consider this to be literally the case, in addition to being a metaphor for stubbornness – it's a common belief that adolescents are particularly durable and resilient, healing quickly and completely from injuries that would more seriously damage an older adult. However, medical experts have discovered that adolescent children are not nearly as "hard-headed" as was once widely believed, and may be even more susceptible to serious injury resulting from head trauma than adults, rather than less. Emergency responders and emergency room medical professionals are becoming more attuned to brain injury caused by accidental trauma- whether it's a motor vehicle accident, a slip and fall accident, or any other trauma, and this applies to younger accident victims as well as older.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Brain Injury, Slip and Fall, Injuries to Children, Sports Injuries, 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

Do Bike and Sports Helmets Really Protect Against Head Injuries?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Feb 17, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

You can’t replace your brain.

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Topics: Injuries, Permanent Injury, Brain Injury, Sports Injuries, Bicycle Safety

Avoiding Injuries to Our Children: Getting To and From School Safely

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Sep 23, 2013

By Francis M. Smith

With the end of summer fast approaching, many parents are starting to think about school safety and protecting their children in learning environments. One important element of school safety that's easier to overlook than most is the route between home and school. Though some of the dangers change as a child gets older, making sure they arrive at school safely and ready to learn is a priority for parents and educators alike. The best ways to safeguard a child en route to school and home again depend largely on the method of transportation being used to make the trip.

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

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