Personal Injury Articles for the Injured of NJ

NHTSA National Crackdown - Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Jan 13, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

The winter holidays are a time for celebration, hope, and renewal in defiance of the cold and long nights. During this season, many people travel long distances for a special dinner with relatives or a party with friends. Unfortunately, this merry-making has a significantly less jolly side effect: the periods surrounding the Christmas and New Year’s holidays see dramatic spikes in drunk driving fatalities compared to the yearly average. The combination of treacherous winter driving conditions and holiday drinking create a deadly mix for people traveling on the nation’s roads in late December. In 2015, the period surrounding Christmas and New Year’s (just over a week) saw 259 deaths in drunk driving related automotive crashes.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Drunk Driving, Holidays

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

Children and Car Accidents

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Apr 01, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

For the average American, and especially in New Jersey, cars are a ubiquitous and essential fact of life – and this is true nearly as much for children as it is for adults. Though they are not yet old enough to drive, children are regularly passengers in motor vehicles when traveling to and from school, activities, friends' homes, to visit relatives, or to accompany their parents on errands. Unfortunately, since automobiles play such a large role in children's lives, they also pose one of the most significant risks to young people. No one likes to think about children and car accidents, but motor vehicle accidents are the primary cause of death and acquired disability for young people aged 2 to 14. According to data regarding children and car accidents provided by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA), nearly a quarter million children suffer injuries in automotive collisions each year. This is a chilling figure for any parent to hear, especially since so many of these accidents are preventable.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Distracted Driving, Drunk Driving, Injuries to Children, NJ Car Seat Law

Arrange Rides Home from Halloween Festivities Before Parties Start

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Oct 28, 2015

 By Francis M. Smith

Many people have fond childhood memories of dressing up in costume and going trick-or-treating around their neighborhood on Halloween, but the fun doesn't stop after you pass the age when it's acceptable to knock on strangers' doors and beg for candy. Every year, countless adults participate in Halloween revelry, giving out candy or attending costume parties. Many of these celebrations feature alcoholic beverages, which means it's important to plan ahead when you intend to go to one of these events – beyond what costume to wear. Unless you're hosting your own party or spending the night at the party location, you'll need a safe way to get home after the festivities are over. If you drink, that way home should not involve getting behind the wheel.

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Topics: Injuries, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Drunk Driving, Pedestrian Accidents

First-time Offenders Responsible for Most Drunk Driving Accidents

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, May 16, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

After decades of public awareness campaigns and years of research by respected institutions, almost everyone knows by now that drunk driving is not only illegal, but deadly as well. Periodic enforcement increases around dates when people are more likely to drink help the public keep that lesson in mind. Still, in many jurisdictions, there's a reluctance to punish a first-time offender too harshly – after all, the thinking goes, anybody can make a mistake once. Some jurisdictions don't even count a first drunk-driving offense as a criminal violation.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Drunk Driving

NJ's Drivers Survey Exposes Distracted Drivers' Activities

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, May 14, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

Distracted drivers present one of the biggest dangers on the roads, in part because the behaviors that can cause dangerous distractions to motorists are normal behaviors that people engage in every day. It's easy to draw a firm line and understand that driving drunk is dangerous, because the way alcohol impairs a person's coordination, alertness, and decision-making abilities is obvious. That's why it can be hard for some people to realize that engaging in typical, everyday behaviors can be just as dangerous as driving drunk, when those behaviors are performed while driving.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, New Jersey motor vehicle accident attorney, Distracted Driving, Drunk Driving, Warning

NHTSA: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving (Impaired Driving)

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Apr 02, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

What do you call it when you've been drinking but you have not had enough to be considered legally intoxicated? Some call it being "buzzed".

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

Beware Car Accidents with Drowsy Drivers During Daylight Savings

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Mar 10, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

Most of us rejoiced this past Saturday because it was Daylight Savings Time! We moved our clocks ahead one hour to capture more daylight as the days get longer and we smiled at this annual reminder that spring is just two weeks away. Warmer weather! Longer Days! As a Personal Injury Attorney, however, I see danger on the roads. The National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF), a non-profit group that provides free driver safety programs, agrees with me. In fact, their newest program is called "Recognizing the Drowsy Driver." 

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

NJ Poll Reveals Worsening Commute, Top Concerns for AAA

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Mar 05, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

If you take a minute to think about it, it’s no wonder that the overwhelming percentage of all car accidents happen within ten miles of an individual’s home.  Unless your job requires you to travel, most drivers stick pretty close to home. That is, of course, besides your daily commute. Millions of men and women start the “daily grind” by getting into their cars and commuting to work.

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Topics: Automobile Insurance, Distracted Driving, Drunk Driving

Offenders Clear Their Records with New NJ ‘Conditional Dismissal’ Law

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Sep 30, 2013

By Francis M. Smith

A criminal conviction for even a minor offense has lasting repercussions for the offender, leaving them with a lasting criminal record. This can prove to be a major stumbling block when applying to jobs, buying a home, or in any other activity requiring a background check. This can result in individuals convicted of a single minor offense being unable to take the steps they need to improve their situation, even after they have served their sentences and are ready to make a positive contribution to their community. This is why, for certain types of crimes, NJ law may offer the option of conditional discharge or dismissal, in which the record of the crime is removed after the offender has served the appropriate sentence. Earlier this month, Governor Chris Christie signed into law a piece of legislation that opens the option of conditional dismissal to a wider range of petty crimes.

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Topics: Drunk Driving

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