Personal Injury Articles for the Injured of NJ

Motorcycle Accidents Most Common Causes

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

By Francis M. Smith

Motorcycle accidents are among the most devastating vehicular crashes that happen on our nation's roads. Motorcycles are not only much smaller than passenger cars, but they lack the protective passenger cabin that sedans have; with no sturdy shell between a rider's body and the road (or another vehicle), the only buffer from injury a rider has is the helmet and gear he or she wears. While helmets definitely save lives, it's no surprise that motorcyclists are dramatically more likely to die or be severely injured in a crash than occupants of a passenger vehicle. Because of this, every rider should be aware of the primary causes of motorcycle accidents, how those dangers can be avoided or mitigated, and what options they have in the event of a crash.

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Topics: Motorcycle Accident, injury compensation, motorcycle injuries

Motorcycle Accidents: Let Your Lawyer Be Your Guide

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Oct 18, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

In general, the higher the stakes in a motorcycle injury claim, the more complicated the case becomes, in large part due to the fact that the insurance company involved in the case will look for any justification it can find to reduce a large compensation figure. The injury claim resulting from a serious motorcycle accident can quickly become confusing even for experienced injury lawyers, which is why it's so vital to find an attorney with an extensive background in motorcycle accident cases to help you pursue your claim.

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Topics: Motorcycle Accident, injury compensation, motorcycle injuries, motorcycle accident lawyer

10 Tips to Maximize Your Recovery from a Motorcycle Accident

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Sep 06, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

After a motorcycle accident, there are a handful of basic steps that most resources will recommend you take in order to protect yourself and any claim for compensation that you might pursue. I've touched on these ideas before, but I think they're worth a more systematic and in-depth look; the actions you take in the days (or even hours) after a motorcycle crash can have a dramatic impact on your claim for compensation.

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Topics: Motorcycle Accident, injury compensation, motorcycle injuries

Motorcycle Accident Injuries: Do You Have a Case?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Aug 11, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

When you contact an attorney after a motorcycle accident, one of the first things he will help you figure out is whether you have a viable personal injury case. Not all accidents will result in successful injury claims, because the circumstances and details of every accident are different. In order to win a motorcycle injury claim, you and your lawyer must be able to make a convincing case that someone else (usually the other driver involved in your accident, but occasionally some other party whose actions affected the situation in some way) was negligent, and that this act of negligence caused your injuries.

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Topics: Motorcycle Accident, injury compensation

How Insurance Companies Fight to Avoid Taking Responsibility for Your Injuries

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Jul 12, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

When faced with a personal injury claim, insurance companies are much less interested in the reality of the situation than they are in protecting their financial bottom line. Insurance providers want to make money by taking in more in insurance premiums than they pay out for claims, so there is a strong incentive to reduce the amount they pay accident victims as much as possible, or avoid paying them entirely. To that end, insurance adjusters will pursue any plausible-sounding argument (and some really implausible ones as well!) that would stand a chance of convincing a jury that you aren’t entitled to compensation for your injuries.

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Topics: injury compensation, comparative negligence, insurance company

The Benefits of Hiring a Lawyer

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Jul 10, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

Dealing with the injury claim resulting from an accident in which your child was seriously hurt could be one of  the most important legal situations your family has ever faced. Unfortunately, it's also a situation in which the forces opposing your family are powerful, experienced, and highly motivated. The insurance adjuster assigned to your child's case is a legal professional who has likely handled hundreds of cases like yours. He may not be a bad person, but he's paid to save his insurance company money – which means offering your family as little as possible, or nothing at all if he can manage it. Trying to pursue your child's case alone only makes his job easier; most insurance adjusters don't take claimants without legal representation seriously. (One study showed that a represented injury victim will get on average three times what an unrepresented victim receives.) When you're fighting for your child's medical treatment and your family's financial stability, you deserve the advantage of having an experienced professional on your side.

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Topics: NJ Personal Injury Attorney, Injuries to Children, injury compensation, insurance company, contingent fee

Liability Waivers and Gym Memberships

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Jul 07, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

For many people, joining a gym, health club, aerobics class, or yoga studio is an accessible and affordable way to help them stay active and healthy. Some people also find that the group atmosphere helps them maintain their motivation and commitment to meet their exercise goals. It's unfortunate that these fitness centers too often pose the risk of serious injury to the very same customers and members who patronize them in an effort to improve their health. Every year, thousands of people suffer injuries in exercise classes and gyms; many of these incidents involve slip and fall accidents or improperly maintained exercise equipment. Hard shower and poolside floors, heavy free-weights, and enormous metal exercise machines with dozens of moving parts offer abundant opportunities for an accident to result in broken bones, back or neck injury, spinal damage, or even traumatic brain injury (TBI).

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Topics: injury compensation, premises liability, waiver of liability

Getting Damages for Lost Income in Your Injury Settlement

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Jul 05, 2017

  By Francis M. Smith

When you are pursuing a claim to seek compensation for injuries you suffered in an accident caused by someone else, it's important to make sure that you include in your claim all the economic losses that you suffered due to your injuries. The unpaid medical bills that have piled up from the treatment your injuries received may be extensive, but they still don't show the whole picture of how much your injuries have cost you financially. You have a right to seek compensation not only for the money your injuries forced you to spend, but also the money your injuries prevented you from earning. Lost income represents a category of injury damages that encompasses both earnings missed at your current employment because you were hurt too badly to work or needed to attend medical appointments, and potential earning opportunities that you were unable to pursue due to your injuries.

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Topics: Injuries, injury compensation, settlement compensation, lost income

Valuing the Nature and Extent of Your Injuries

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Jul 03, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

When seeking compensation for accident injuries, the key to ensuring that the settlement you're agreeing to is reasonable is to understand the value of your injuries. On the surface, this seems simple enough – the costs of your medical treatment can be added up easily enough from your doctor bills, and the value of the wages lost as a result of your injuries can be found with some simple bookkeeping. But there's no easy dollar value to assign to pain and trauma. There are formulas that insurance adjusters use to calculate compensation for pain and suffering; at the basic level, these methods involve applying a multiplier to the more tangible medical costs of your injury. In theory, the more painful and lasting the injury, the higher the multiplier. It has always been a very inexact science, if you can call it that, and many insurance companies now don't trust their adjusters enough to settle case, but make them feed information into a computer program that spits out a value range for the case being evaluated.

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Topics: Injuries, Settlement Offer, injury compensation, injury case, lost income

Driverless Cars: Who Will Be Responsible For a Crash? The Driver? The Manufacturer?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Mar 03, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

Decades ago, one of the most iconic notions of the future was the idea of flying cars. Today, cars may not be about to take flight, but they may be about to take control of themselves as advances in automation and robotics bring us closer to the reality of self-driving cars on the nation’s roadways. A few early models of “driverless cars” already exist, with more in various stages of development. Many people believe that self-driving vehicles would remove the element of human error from driving and thus make the roads safer – but with technology programmed and constructed by equally fallible humans, it’s impossible to erase error from the equation entirely, which poses the question of what happens when an accident does occur? Who is liable when driverless cars are involved in automotive crashes?

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, NJ Personal Injury Case, injury compensation, driverless cars

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