Personal Injury Articles for the Injured of NJ

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

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

Can My Doctor Prepare the Expert Report for My Serious Injury?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Jun 20, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

During the "discovery" phase of any personal injury lawsuit, it is generally expected that the plaintiff, or claimant, will undergo a medical evaluation by an "independent" medical expert. This report is intended to serve as the basis for the claimant's settlement negotiations with the insurance company, and will be submitted as evidence and that doctor will be an expert witness should the case go all the way to trial. In an ideal world, these medical examinations would be conducted by an honest doctor with no agenda other than accurately determining the severity and scope of the plaintiff's injuries. Unfortunately, when dealing with medical experts hired by insurance companies, this ideal is rarely met, if ever. The insurance industry and their attorneys like to call such an exam an "IME"- independent medical exam- but I call it a "DME"- a defense medical exam, because it is anything but independent.

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Topics: NJ Personal Injury Attorney, Injuries, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Automobile Insurance, Car Accidents, New Jersey motor vehicle accident attorney, Motorcycle Accident, Medical-Legal Exams, Spinal Injuries

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

Why Your Insurance Company Won't Pay: A Common Problem After a Motor Vehicle Accident

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Apr 30, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

Too often when a person becomes the victim of a car or motorcycle accident, they find themselves in the position of needing to fight the insurance company in order to get their medical bills paid. Some injuries, such as broken bones resulting from the impact, have a fairly indisputable cause and there is little the insurer can do to argue against paying for them. Unfortunately, many injuries are not so self-evident, and insurance companies hire lawyers who will search for any justification to avoid compensating for the damage sustained as a result of those injuries. In automotive accidents, neck and back injuries are very common, and can have serious, permanent consequences for the collision victim's quality of life. It's important to have an experienced spine injury attorney on your side after you've sustained such an injury in a vehicle crash, to help you win the causation fight against the insurance company and ensure that the treatment you need is paid for.

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Topics: NJ Personal Injury Attorney, Injuries, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Automobile Insurance, Car Accidents, New Jersey motor vehicle accident attorney, Motorcycle Accident, Medical-Legal Exams, Spinal Injuries

Teenage Car Accident Victims Frequently Suffer from Brain Injuries

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Apr 23, 2014

Many Americans, including residents of many parts of New Jersey, live in areas where cars are not just a convenience – they are essential for getting to work, going to school, and running necessary errands. Most people think nothing of getting into a car for their morning commute or a trip to the store, because it's such a normal part of everyday life. For teenagers, earning their driver's license is more than a symbolic rite of passage toward adulthood; it's a tangible sign of independence and freedom, because the teen no longer needs to rely on a parent or other adult to ferry them around when they want to go somewhere.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, New Jersey motor vehicle accident attorney, NJ Personal Injury Case, Injuries to Children

Car Insurers Strategy to Increase Profits: Blame Victims with Soft-Tissue Injuries

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Apr 11, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

Insurance companies design their slogans, ads, and other promotional materials to give you the impression that they are trustworthy, dependable, and ready to help you when trouble strikes. Unfortunately, as many people who have faced auto insurance company representatives across the negotiating table in the aftermath of a car accident have learned, that caring and reliable facade is nothing more than a marketing ploy. The reality is that insurance companies are primarily profit-making enterprises, and most of them care much more about their own bottom line than about the financial struggles you may face when dealing with lost wages and medical bills from a soft-tissue injury after a car accident.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Automobile Insurance, NJ Auto Insurance, NJ Car Insurance, New Jersey motor vehicle accident attorney, New Jersey Personal Injury, Settlement Offer

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

Get the Biggest Bang for Your Buck: Use Your Personal Injury Attorney to Your Advantage

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Jan 31, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

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Topics: Injuries, Motor Vehicle Accidents, New Jersey motor vehicle accident attorney, New Jersey Personal Injury Attorney, Medical-Legal Exams

What To Expect in a NJ Car Accident Deposition

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Jan 29, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

If you are injured in a car accident, the last thing on your mind is how and if you will be treated fairly in the New Jersey legal system. You are possibly suffering from medical injuries and loss of wages as well as damage to your car, and fair compensation is your entitlement. This is why an experienced personal injury attorney is indispensable.

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Topics: NJ Personal Injury Attorney, Motor Vehicle Accidents, New Jersey motor vehicle accident attorney, New Jersey Personal Injury Attorney, Trial Procedures

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