Personal Injury Articles for the Injured of NJ

Carfax Reports on Auto Accident Car Repairs: Loss of Car Value

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Nov 15, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

After a car accident, the goal of a lawsuit or insurance claim made by the victim of the accident is to make them "whole" -- in other words, to restore them to the condition they enjoyed before the accident, to whatever extent is possible. In terms of bodily injury, this frequently means that the negligent party must pay for any medical treatment required to aid the injured person in healing to their pre-injury state. If the victim's injuries have resulted in permanent disability or impairment, additional compensation is required to make up for the damage caused to the injured person's earning ability and general quality of life. A similar principle applies to compensation for damage to the victim's vehicle; they are entitled to seek compensation sufficient to restore them to their pre-accident state, practically and financially.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Automobile Insurance, carfax reports, loss of car value

Can a Smartphone, Sports Band, or Smart Watch Impact Your Personal Injury Case?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Oct 25, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

As mobile technology continues to make great strides forward with every passing year, we've become more and more accustomed to having ready access to an enormous wealth of information about the world in general and matters relevant to our everyday lives. But at the same time, our technology has become an equally copious repository of information about us. The reason you can so easily pull up a listing of the best pizza places in your neighborhood is because your smartphone has a GPS tracker that monitors your location moment by moment. Ready access to social media and instant messaging while on the go is likewise a double-edged sword, because your device keeps records of the conversations you participate in and the photos or statuses you post. When you and your attorney are working to assemble your personal injury case after an accident, it's easy to forget the trail of virtual "breadcrumbs" your wearables and mobile devices may leave behind -- but the legal teams working for the insurance company will be quick to sniff out any trace of information that could be damaging to your claim.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, NJ Personal Injury Case, social media

How Will Self-Driving Cars Be Regulated

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Oct 23, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

For many years, the cutting edge of automotive safety technology has focused on reducing the possibility for human error to cause accidents, resulting in the development of numerous driver assistance features. According to many automotive technology companies, the logical end goal of these developments is a vehicle that can operate without the input of a human driver: a true self-driving car. Companies from various sectors, including tech companies like Google, auto manufacturers like Tesla, and even the ride-sharing company Uber, have been working on the development of autonomous vehicle technology. Of course, part of the development process requires testing in real-world conditions, which means putting these experimental "robot cars" on the road alongside normal traffic. This, in turn, demands that the vehicles adhere to safety regulations -- which is where things get tricky.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, driverless cars, self drive act, self-driving cars

SELF DRIVE Act faces Senate Vote to Approve Autonomous Vehicles' Higher Safety Standards

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Oct 11, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

For many years, the technologies being developed to improve automotive safety have tended toward giving more control to the vehicle itself in an effort to reduce accidents caused by human error. Electronic stability control systems, lane departure warnings, and collision avoidance technologies function automatically to avert crashes, but ultimately these driver assistance technologies still leave a human motorist in control of the vehicle. The logical end result of this technology trend, completely autonomous vehicles, have been slow in development, despite the numerous companies working on them. This is partly due to the regulatory limitations that have existed since the idea of self-driving cars became remotely realistic, as lawmakers were understandably cautious about putting the safety of public roads in the hands of a complicated and unproven technology.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, driverless cars, self drive act

Does SnapChat Encourage Speeding by enabling Users to “Snap” their speed to friends

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Oct 06, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

Distracted driving is a major contributor to serious automotive accidents, playing a role in thousands of fatal crashes nationwide each year. In response, law enforcement, insurance companies, and public safety interest groups have enacted campaigns to raise awareness among motorists of the dangers of driving while distracted by other activities such as eating, grooming, or -- most significantly -- the use of mobile devices. Using a cell phone is one of the most common forms of distracted driving, and with the diverse capabilities of today's smartphones, the potential for distraction goes well beyond talking and texting. This problem is compounded when social media companies add features to their platforms that seem specifically designed for use behind the wheel.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Distracted Driving, Speeding

Will Roads be Safer with Self-Driving Cars?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Aug 23, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

Since the invention of the automobile, the basic notion of motor vehicle transportation has involved a certain degree of danger; vulnerable human beings ride in large, heavy machines that move at high speeds. Over the years, technological innovations have presented us with ways of reducing that danger. Safety devices such as seat belts, air bags, and vehicle crumple zones help protect our bodies, and driver-assistance features like lane departure warnings, blind spot monitors, and front end collision alerts help drivers avoid accidents by monitoring the vehicle's surroundings and warning the driver of hazards. For the past several years, companies such as Tesla and Google have been working to develop vehicle technology that they hope will make roads even safer: self-driving cars.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, driverless cars

Truck Accidents- New Technology Offers Hope - Maybe

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Aug 09, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

Any motor vehicle accident has the potential to result in devastating injuries or loss of life, but for a number of reasons, crashes involving large commercial trucks are of particular concern for trucking companies and regulatory agencies. Accidents involving these trucks can be particularly deadly, both because of their sheer mass and due to the height difference between a tractor trailer and a consumer sedan. So we can readily understand that technologies that improve the safety of large commercial trucks and help to reduce the risk of accidents are immensely valuable, both for the companies that operate these vehicles and for the motorists who share the road with the trucks.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Truck Accidents

Can Pokemon Go be Made Safer for the Road?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Jul 31, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

Since its debut a little over a year ago, Pokemon Go has captured the interest of a huge and surprisingly diverse player base. The ability to encounter and capture animated creatures "in the wild" as you walk around your neighborhood appeals to more than just the children that the colorful characters seem designed for. Many adults who have enjoyed the franchise since its beginning 21 years ago have seized on this new iteration of their favorite game series, while newcomers to the Pokemon world have quickly found themselves drawn into the excitement of "catching them all." As a smartphone app, the game is even more easily able to reach a wide range of potential players, since mobile devices are rarely far from the hands of most Americans.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Distracted Driving, Pedestrian Accidents

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

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