Personal Injury Articles for the Injured of NJ

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

Taxis and Ride-Sharing -- Who is Liable for Crashes?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Jul 19, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

To most people who are familiar with the transportation phenomenon of ride-sharing, services like Uber and Lyft seem to be very similar to taxi companies, though cheaper and more convenient. This is certainly how the customer experience appears when all goes well, but unfortunately, accidents happen. Car crashes involving an Uber or Lyft driver reveal the substantial differences between these services and traditional cab companies, and any rider should be informed of the risks before deciding how they're going to get home.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, NJ Auto Insurance, Car Accidents, insurance company

Will Driverless Car Legislation Come from the States or Federal Government?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Mar 08, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

As advances in technology bring driverless cars closer to an everyday reality on our roadways, the laws of the country will need to adapt to keep up with the changes that self-driving vehicles will effect. The question remains, however, as to where those legal changes will take place: within the court system, in state legislatures, or at the federal level? Although in many cases federal regulation can be a strong tool for consumer protection, it can have its drawbacks when dealing with emerging technologies that have a substantial corporate interest. The danger to consumers comes when federal regulations are considered to preempt, or override, stricter state laws and civil liability.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Car Accidents, driverless cars

Driverless Cars and Liability Alternatives

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Mar 06, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

As automation moves into more and more aspects of everyday life, it generally makes things safer and easier for the people who use the automated products. With respect to potentially dangerous activities like driving a car, automation removes the possibility of driver error from the equation, making the task much safer… until something goes wrong with the programming or the machinery. Auto accidents will not be eliminated with the introduction of driverless cars, so the question remains of how liability will be handled. The most obvious answer is an extension of the current system, with manufacturers carrying strict liability for any harm resulting from negligence or wrongdoing on their part. However, other systems of liability have been suggested (often by auto manufacturers and their advocates, to no one’s surprise) that would place less of a burden of liability on the manufacturers of driverless cars.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Car Accidents, driverless cars

Favorable Resolution of Your Claim Depends on How Well We Prove Your Injuries

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Sep 14, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

One of the most basic, and yet the most unfortunate, facts to understand when pursuing just compensation in a personal injury claim is that the insurance company does not want to help you. It's not that they actively wish you harm, but rather that helping you recover from your injuries would cost them money. As for-profit businesses, insurance companies seek to maximize income (premiums) and minimize expenses (insurance claims payouts). That means fighting the insurance adjuster for every dollar you are owed because of your injuries.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Car Accidents, injury compensation, insurance company

Can You Believe This? Textalyzer Roadside Tests To Catch People Who Text While Driving

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Jun 03, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

It's a brave new world out there. Law enforcement agencies nationwide are becoming increasingly aware of the very real dangers that hand-held cell phone use by drivers poses to everyone on the road. Talking or texting on a cell phone are forms of distracted driving, one of the leading causes of car accidents. Experts estimate that 1 in every 4 car crashes is caused by cell phone use by a driver. Up until last year, the rate of fatal accidents on our nation's roads had been experiencing a downward trend; in 2015, it rose by 8 percent, thanks to distracted drivers who are unable (or unwilling) to keep their hands off their cell phones. It's clear that distracted driving can be every bit as dangerous as drunk driving, and so some safe-driving advocates are pushing for a similar response to combat the behavior: Textalyzer roadside tests.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Car Accidents, Distracted Driving, Drunk Driving, Text While Driving

Turn Signals Past and Present - Car Crashes Resulting from Failure to Communicate

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Jun 01, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

One of the greatest potential hazards for any driver on the road is the behavior of other motorists. In order for large numbers of fast-moving vehicles to be able to share the road safely, drivers need the ability to anticipate speed and direction changes made by other cars. When motorists fail to communicate their intent to turn or to move left or right within a road or highway, disastrous car crashes are too often the result.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Car Accidents, turn signals

Snapchat's Speed Filter Contributing to Distracted Driving and Devastating Car Accident

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, May 25, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

Mobile devices are an integral part of modern life for most Americans, with apps and features that make them useful for much more than just making a phone call. The development of mobile apps is a booming industry, with apps designed to help us find products, track our health and fitness, and keep in touch with our friends. However, as mobile devices become more useful and more engaging, they also become more distracting – which can have disastrous consequences when we get behind the wheel. A Georgia man discovered the truth of this danger firsthand when he suffered a devastating car accident caused by a teenager using her smartphone to take selfies on Snapchat.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Car Accidents, Distracted Driving

NJ Speed Deaths on Routes 80 and 287 Increase with 10 mph Speed Limit

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, May 20, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

The behavior of other drivers is one of the more unpredictable elements on the road, and potentially one of the more dangerous. In recent years, legislative and enforcement efforts across the state of New Jersey have successfully taken on several aspects of this threat, resulting in a downward trend in overall traffic deaths. These efforts have included a Graduated Driver License law that placed additional limitations on inexperienced teenage drivers, lowering the blood-alcohol threshold for drunk driving to 0.08, and legislation that penalized the use of hand-held mobile devices while behind the wheel. However, while all these efforts helped to curb the total number of highway deaths in the state, one type of automotive fatality has not experienced the same consistent, downward trend, and during some periods have seen significant upward spikes. The culprit? Speeding.

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Topics: Injuries, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Car Accidents, Speeding

Will Driverless Cars Reduce Car Collisions and Serious Injuries?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Feb 26, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

The popular concept of what automotive technology will look like in the future tends to revolve around the notion of “flying cars.” While it's probably for the best that such vehicles currently remain within the realm of science fiction, some very real-world progress is being made by the industry in another form of next-generation motor vehicle technology: self-driving cars. Programmers and engineers at Google are at the forefront of efforts by several companies to develop technology that would allow specially-designed or modified cars to operate automatically without input from a driver, navigating roads through the use of precision sensors and detailed programming. Already, four states have passed laws allowing the testing and operation of self-driving cars on their roads, and many experts estimate that by 2020, driverless cars will become available to the general public.

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

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