Personal Injury Articles for the Injured of NJ

Car Accidents and Collisions in NJ: Year End Review for 2018

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Feb 06, 2019

By Francis M. Smith

The start of a new year is a natural time for looking at past trends and reflecting on ways to improve them going forward. As a personal injury attorney with extensive experience handling cases involving automotive accidents, I tend to turn that reflective impulse toward collision trends, in the hope of gaining a better understanding of the causes of the accidents that affect my clients. The New Jersey Department of Transportation compiles statistical records of collision rates throughout the state, broken down by county. It’s no surprise that more heavily-populated and urban counties tend to see more auto accidents than their less-populous neighbors, but what is remarkable is the way some counties see major fluctuations in the number of collisions that take place from year to year, while other areas experience a fairly consistent rate of crashes. Understanding what causes those changes, and why they affect some counties more strongly than others, may help uncover ways to keep all New Jersey road users safer.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Car Accidents, Distracted Driving

New Jersey Reports on Injuries from Crashes from 2017

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Feb 04, 2019

By Francis M. Smith

No motorist who is struck by another vehicle is likely to consider him- or herself “lucky” regarding any part of the incident. The fear and trauma resulting from the collision itself, the headaches of dealing with damage to the vehicle, and the pain and life disruption resulting from any injuries sustained are categorically awful experiences. The idea that “it could have been worse” is small comfort to anyone who has suffered an injury in a motor vehicle accident, but statistical trends are important to examine on a larger scale for what they can teach us about making roads safer in the future.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Bicycle Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, injury compensation

Rear-end Hit Collisions are Considered Negligence in NJ

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Jan 30, 2019

By Francis M. Smith

When you are injured in an automotive accident involving another vehicle, your ability to collect fair compensation for your injuries relies on whether you can demonstrate that the other driver caused the accident through negligent behavior. In some cases, proving negligence can be a difficult task, requiring your attorney to collect witness testimony, pore over the statements given by both drivers, or even bring in experts to reconstruct the accident. However, there are certain types of collision in which it is much easier to argue for negligence.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Car Accidents, negligence, settlement compensation

Traffic Laws Help Determine Fault when Pedestrians are Struck by Motor Vehicles

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Dec 12, 2018

By Francis M. Smith

In the majority of cases when an motor vehicle collision takes place, the cause can usually be traced to an error or lapse in attention on the part of either someone involved in the crash, or someone who contributed more indirectly to the situation (through faulty vehicle repair, poor road maintenance, and so on). More often than not, however, one or more of the parties involved in the accident will ultimately prove culpable. Everyone who uses the roads has a duty of care toward all other road users to conduct themselves in a reasonably safe and predictable manner in accordance with traffic laws. This includes both motorists and pedestrians, though of course the laws that apply to pedestrians differ from those governing automobiles and trucks. When an auto or truck accident involving a pedestrian occurs, both sets of legal responsibilities are examined to determine where the fault for the accident lies.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Bicycle Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents

Settlement Process and Timeline for NJ Car Accidents Injuries

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Dec 05, 2018

By Francis M. Smith

After a serious car accident, it can often feel as though your normal life has come to a screeching halt: you may spend time in the hospital having your injuries diagnosed and treated, and you may not be able to return to work right away even after you are discharged. Even worse, the pain of your injuries can make every moment stretch into weeks of agony, immobility or discomfort. However, there are several ways in which time continues to tick by persistently – bills don’t stop piling up while you’re unable to work, and the administrative deadlines for your injury claim draw closer. Having a clear understanding of the claim resolution process can help you avoid the feeling that the opportunity to be fairly compensated for your injuries is slipping through your fingers.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, settlement compensation, statute of limitations

Early Snow Wreaks Havoc for NJ Drivers

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Nov 28, 2018

By Francis M. Smith

With more than a month remaining until the official start of winter, the snowstorm earlier this month caught forecasters, municipalities, and commuters equally off-guard. With some areas of the state receiving as much as 8 inches of snow, a far cry from the 2 inches widely predicted in the days prior, commuters across the state found themselves losing several hours to impassible roads and traffic jams caused by hundreds of collisions.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Dangerous Condition, hazardous road conditions

Reporting Deadlines for Car Accident Injury Cases in NJ

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Nov 16, 2018

By Francis M. Smith

After a serious car accident, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the unexpected new demands on your attention – you may have medical appointments and physical therapy to get to, you might have to take time away from work or find someone to take care of your kids, not to mention the hassles of getting your vehicle repaired. With all these demands on your time and concentration, it’s easy to forget about the reporting deadlines for your accident. However, missing these deadlines can cause tremendous problems for your injury case, and may prevent you from getting the care you need or the compensation you deserve.

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

Car Racing Belongs on the Race Tracks - Not on Streets

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Nov 09, 2018

By Francis M. Smith

Our nation’s roads, from lazy suburban streets to bustling interstate highways, exist for the benefit of everyone – and as such, all road users have a responsibility to obey traffic laws and otherwise conduct themselves in a way that does not create unnecessary danger for others who share the road with them. For most of us, this is an intuitive and obvious fact: don’t drive recklessly because you might hurt someone. Unfortunately, some drivers choose to ignore this fundamental societal agreement, using public roadways as an arena for illegal street racing.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Speeding, car racing

Young Drivers at Risk During 100 Deadliest Days

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Jun 15, 2018

By Francis M. Smith

The highest cause of death for teens and young adults between 15 and 24 years of age are accidents. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) 49% of all deaths that occur in those 10 years of age are caused by accidents – more than any other cause of death.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Distracted Driving

When Injured in a Truck Accident, Do You Need a Lawyer?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Apr 18, 2018

By Francis M. Smith

When you first begin the process of seeking compensation for your injuries after a truck accident, the insurance adjuster representing the trucking company will most likely try to convince you that hiring a lawyer is unnecessary and expensive, or that your claim will be resolved more quickly and efficiently if you don’t “go to the trouble” of getting a lawyer. In reality, however, injured plaintiffs who work with an attorney receive more money on average in compensation for their injuries than accident victims who pursue their claims unrepresented, even after legal fees and costs are factored in. The insurance adjuster would much rather you go into the injury claim process unrepresented in the hope that your inexperience with the legal process and the stress of your injuries will render you overwhelmed and easier to take advantage of.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Truck Accidents, settlement compensation

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