Personal Injury Articles for the Injured of NJ

Road Safety for NJ Walkers and Bikers

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Apr 19, 2019

By Francis M. Smith

Relying less on automotive transportation and choosing to walk or bike, either recreationally or as part of your daily commute, is often characterized as a frugal, healthy, and eco-friendly choice. Being a pedestrian or cyclist is not without its hazards, however; 2018 saw the highest number of pedestrian accident fatalities across the country since 1990. In the last decade alone, pedestrian deaths have increased by more than a third. These troubling trends persist despite pressure from pedestrian safety groups on states and municipalities to implement policies and modify road designs to protect pedestrians.

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Topics: Distracted Driving, Bicycle Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, Bicycle Safety

Driving Danger Increases When Daylight Savings TIme Springs Forward

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Mar 25, 2019

By Francis M. Smith

Despite the stubborn residue of the last snowstorm still clinging to curbs and lawns, spring is only a matter of weeks away, and with it comes one of the more curious phenomena of the modern era: Daylight Savings Time. However, as we “spring forward” to chase the gradually-expanding daylight hours, it’s worth taking a moment to consider how the transition will affect our bodies and our safety as we make our daily commutes.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Distracted Driving, Pedestrian Accidents, drowsy driving

Alarming Pedestrian Accidents and Deaths

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Mar 22, 2019

By Francis M. Smith

While automotive accident fatalities overall have been declining over the past few years, one kind of traffic-related death is dramatically bucking that trend. The rate of pedestrian deaths in motor vehicle accidents has been steadily increasing since 2009, to an estimated high in 2018 that hasn’t been equaled since 1990. These projections have been compiled in a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, a nonprofit group that represents and draws data from highway safety offices nationwide. Using reported pedestrian death statistics from the first six months of 2018 and coupling those figures with historical trends in fatal accident data, the Association has produced an estimate that 6,227 pedestrian fatalities occurred as a result of automotive accidents in the whole of 2018. This figure, the largest number of pedestrian deaths in almost 30 years, represents a 35 percent increase in pedestrian fatalities over the course of a single decade. Coming at a time when other motor vehicle accident fatalities have been declining, this trend of increasing pedestrian deaths is a dangerous aberration that demands explanation.

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

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

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

Road Dangers for Bicyclists and Pedestrians

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Nov 12, 2018

By Francis M. Smith

Whenever cyclists and pedestrians share space with motorists, there exists the danger of a collision. The person walking or biking will almost inevitably come off worse in any such accident, because they lack the protection of a motor vehicle and its myriad design features intended to protect its passengers from harm. Most cyclists have no more protective gear than a bicycle helmet standing between them and serious injury, and pedestrians generally have only the clothes on their backs, which offer negligible protection. It’s no surprise, then, that pedestrians and cyclists who are struck by motor vehicles often sustain severe injuries, including bone fractures, abrasions and lacerations (with ensuing risk of infection and scarring), head trauma (including traumatic brain injury), and back or spinal injuries. In the worst cases, the collision may result in death.

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Topics: Bicycle Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, Bicycle Safety

Insurance Tactics to Reduce Claims for Pedestrian and Bicycle Accident Cases

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Oct 15, 2018

By Francis M. Smith

Insurance companies employ highly trained professionals known as claims adjusters to handle personal injury cases caused by the negligence of their policy holders. When a pedestrian or cyclist like you is struck by a vehicle, a claims adjuster for the driver’s insurance company springs into action as soon as the accident is reported. Regardless of what the claims adjuster may say to you, he has one goal in mind, the purpose for which the insurance company hired him: to ensure that his employer has to pay you as little money as he can manage, or none at all. To that end, insurance adjusters have a large playbook of tactics at their disposal, but a few tricks are particularly common – simply because they overwhelmingly tend to work against injured claimants who lack experience in dealing with insurance companies and injury lawsuits. By learning how to recognize these deceptive tactics and knowing how to respond, you can protect yourself from being unfairly denied the opportunity to receive the fair compensation you deserve.

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Topics: Bicycle Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, injury compensation, insurance company, insurance adjuster

How is medical care for bicycle accidents’ and pedestrian accidents’ injuries covered?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Sep 21, 2018

By Francis M. Smith

In the aftermath of any accident, your first priority should be to seek medical care for yourself and anyone else who suffered injuries. However, that critical step brings up its own series of concerns, starting with the question of how the medical treatment you receive will be paid for. If you were injured in an auto accident while driving or riding in a car, the answer is fairly simple, due to New Jersey’s no-fault insurance laws. But what happens when you’re struck by a car while walking or riding a bicycle? This is a much less familiar situation, and many injury victims who find themselves in an emergency room being asked for their insurance information don’t know the answer to it.

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Topics: Bicycle Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents

How does the Claims Process Work in Pedestrian and Bicycle Accident Cases

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Sep 19, 2018

By Francis M. Smith

When an injured client comes to me after a pedestrian or bicycle accident, their first question is often, “Do I have a case worth pursuing?” Once we discuss their accident and determine that they have a strong enough case, the next question tends to be, “How does all this work, and how long will it take?” This is a question that can be both easy and difficult to answer: easy, in that the basic structure and sequence of events remains much the same for most injury cases – difficult, in that the details of every case are unique and may cause different steps to take more or less time than average.

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Topics: Bicycle Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, settlement compensation

Rising Pedestrians and Bicyclists Hit-and-run Crash Deaths Alarm Communities

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Jul 30, 2018

By Francis M. Smith

The number of people choosing to walk or bicycle instead of drive, either as part of their daily commute or for other excursions, has increased – in part due to the health benefits of being active. Unfortunately, sharing the road with other vehicles without the protection of a car has its dangers as well as its salubrious effects. There is a rising trend of fatal hit and run accidents involving a pedestrian or cyclist being struck by a car, giving pause to even the most health-conscious jogger or cyclist.

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Topics: Bicycle Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, Bicycle Safety

What Do You Need to Report in the Emergency Room following a bicycle or pedestrian accident?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Jul 23, 2018

By Francis M. Smith

There exists a wealth of advice on the internet describing what a person should do if they’ve been hit by a car – but the immediate aftermath of an accident, when you’re on your way to the emergency room after being struck by a vehicle while walking or cycling, is not the time for extensive checklists. When you are struggling with the stress, pain, trauma, and disorientation of a serious accident, the way forward needs to be simple and clear. So here it is. The first time you see a doctor for your injuries, whether it’s in the emergency room, at an urgent-care center, or with your family physician, there are really only two things you need to remember to communicate in order to protect your rights in any eventual injury claim:

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Topics: Bicycle Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents

Do Insurance Companies Require Medical Exams by Their Selected Doctors for Bicycle or Pedestrian Accidents?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Jul 11, 2018

By Francis M. Smith

When seeking treatment for a serious injury resulting from an accident, it’s reasonable to expect that the doctors and other medical providers you interact with will be primarily concerned with your well-being and recovery – and of course, that’s generally true. However, there is one medical professional often involved in personal injury claims whose main interests lie elsewhere, and of whom you should be wary: the doctor performing what the insurance company may call an “independent” medical examination (IME). (The word “independent” is in quotes here because in reality, this examination is anything but independent; the insurance company pays a doctor they know to perform these exams, and he knows that their continued patronage relies on his reports containing what they want to hear.)

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Topics: Bicycle Accidents, Independent Medical Exam, Pedestrian Accidents

Overcoming fears and apprehension when filing insurance claims for bicycle and pedestrian accidents

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Jul 09, 2018

By Francis M. Smith

The purpose of a personal injury suit is to help a person who has been harmed through the negligence of another – to return a person as closely to their pre-accident state as possible, and to compensate for pain, inconvenience, and other losses. Why, then, are so many people hesitant to file an injury suit after they’ve been hurt in an accident? While the reasons for this apprehension are as varied and numerous as the injured cyclists and pedestrians who are hurt in automotive accidents, there are a few common threads in their reasoning.

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Topics: Bicycle Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, insurance company, settlement compensation

Do You Need to File an Accident Report when Injured in a Bicycle or Pedestrian Accident?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Jun 08, 2018

By Francis M. Smith

Finding advice about what to do when you’ve been involved in an automotive accident with another driver isn’t difficult; the internet is full of helpful information, and I’ve written extensively on the topic on this blog. But accident victims who have been hit by a car while walking or riding a bicycle are often confused about how much of that advice applies to their situation. For instance, do you need to file an accident report with the police if you’ve been hit by a car as a pedestrian or cyclist?

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Topics: Bicycle Accidents, Pedestrian 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

Keeping Joggers, Walkers, Pedestrians Safe

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Jan 04, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

Winter is beginning in earnest, and reactions to the onslaught of winter weather vary depending on who you ask. Children delight in fluffy snowdrifts and the possibility of school closures, while commuters dread the prospect of slippery roads. Die-hard joggers defy the cold weather for the sake of their morning runs, and some cautious would-be motorists would prefer to walk short distances rather than risk driving in winter conditions. However, for these latter groups, winter holds particular risks for pedestrian auto accidents. It’s easy for joggers and other pedestrians to forget the ways in which this time of year increases the danger of motor vehicle accidents, and some motorists forget that anyone might be walking or jogging in the cold to begin with. For both groups, a reminder of the ways that winter increases the risk of pedestrian traffic accidents might be useful.

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Topics: Injuries, Dangerous Condition, Distracted Driving, Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian Safety

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Dec 30, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

Winter weather can be beautiful, but that beauty conceals many hazards for anyone who has to brave the cold and go outside – that is, almost everyone. Slippery roads can quickly spell disaster for drivers, but the danger of wintry conditions to pedestrians should not be overlooked. This is true not only for habitual walkers and joggers, but also for anyone walking between their front door and their car, or crossing a business parking lot. It’s important for everyone to keep pedestrian safety measures in mind any time they leave the house at this time of year.

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Topics: Dangerous Condition, Distracted Driving, Pedestrian Accidents

NHTSA: Back to School Safety Month. Walk, Bike, and Ride to School Safely!

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Sep 02, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

The new school year is fast approaching (undoubtedly much faster than most school-aged children would prefer), and with it comes the rush of back-to-school preparations. But in the scramble to buy notebooks, #2 pencils, and the perfect pair of sneakers, it's worth taking a moment to consider your child's route to school and back again every weekday. Kids travel between home and school in a variety of ways: some are driven by parents, while others take the school bus, walk, or ride a bike. There are benefits to each of these, depending on a family's situation, but each method comes with its own hazards as well. Considering these possible dangers carefully can help you plan the safest commute possible for your child.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Injuries to Children, Bicycle Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, Bicycle Safety

Pedestrian Accidents Involving Children

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Mar 30, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

While children are particularly vulnerable to serious injury in car crashes, the danger of deadly accidents involving motor vehicles and children doesn't end when the child gets out of the automobile. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates, nearly 1 in every 5 traffic deaths of children under the age of 16 occur while the child is a pedestrian. Though parents strive to protect their children by insisting that younger kids hold an adult's hand when crossing the street and teaching older children the importance of looking both ways to notice oncoming cars, it only takes a moment for a child to do something unexpected, and too often the result is tragedy.

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Topics: Injuries to Children, Pedestrian Accidents

Another Harsh Winter Anticipated

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Dec 18, 2015

  By Francis M. Smith

As winter closes in on New Jersey again, many residents have begun to wonder whether another season of unusual and severe weather awaits us. Long-range forecasts are difficult to make with any certainty, but the old stand-by reference for many people across the country, the Old Farmer's Almanac, has weighed in definitively on the subject. According to the almanac, the winter of 2015-2016 promises to be another severe one, with particularly harsh temperature drops and plenty of snow. In particular, our part of the country is destined for some noteworthy cold snaps this year, according to the publication.

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Topics: Injuries, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Slip and Fall, Pedestrian Accidents

Children Twice as Likely to Be Hit by Cars on Halloween

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Oct 30, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

Halloween is one of the most fun and exciting nights of the year, for adults and children alike. Unfortunately, it's also one of the most dangerous – especially for children. Though many of the horrors of Halloween are merely pretend, some risks are all too real, including the danger of being hit by a car. Over the years, multiple health and safety organizations have investigated accident statistics and reached a single conclusion: a child is substantially more likely to be fatally struck by a vehicle on Halloween night than on any other day of the year.

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Topics: Injuries, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Injuries to Children, Pedestrian Accidents

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

Kids are at Risk for Accidents

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Jun 17, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

For parents, the idea of their child being hurt or killed in an accident is the ultimate nightmare. Tragically, sometimes that nightmare comes true. Knowing about the risks and how to reduce them can give parents a greater ability to protect their children, and may provide answers and understanding when an accident happens despite the parents' best efforts. If disaster does strike through the fault of another, the advice and guidance of an experienced and compassionate child injury lawyer is an essential asset in helping the family find answers and recover stability in the aftermath of an accident.

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Topics: Injuries, Car Accidents, Dog Bites, Injuries to Children, Bicycle Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents

What is Title 59 in NJ?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Jan 05, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

If you have suffered an injury because of the negligent actions of another person or an organization, it can be reassuring to know that the state of New Jersey provides a means of seeking compensation through the courts for those injuries and the expenses arising from them, if the party responsible for your accident refuses to offer a reasonable settlement. But what happens when the state of New Jersey, or one of its counties or municipalities, is the party responsible for your injuries? Then things become a little more complicated.

The state of New Jersey has established in law a degree of immunity from liability for itself and its employees; this is generally referred to as "sovereign immunity" - because it's carried over from the English common law which was mostly adopted here in the U.S. early in our history. Back then in England, you could not sue the King. (That is, the "sovereign" was immune from suit.)

Here in New Jersey, governmental immunity from suit is the prevailing law, but there are exceptions to this immunity, under which injured or wronged citizens are able to sue the state and its actors for damages. Even then, though, their lawsuits are subject to many limitations and requirements. These are outlined in the New Jersey Tort Claims Act (“TCA”), otherwise known as Title 59. This legislation, and the court decisions interpreting it, imposes restrictions on the circumstances under which you can sue the state (or any governmental subdivision) and its employees, the kinds of damages you can seek compensation for, and the manner in which you must file your suit.

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Topics: Dangerous Condition, Dangerous Premises, Pedestrian Accidents

Francis M. Smith, Esq. Urges Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Improvements

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Apr 25, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

New Jersey is among the two worst states regarding pedestrian and bicycle safety. The statistics for injuries and fatalities, and the record for infrastructure improvements to prevent these accidents, is dismal. According to a recent Tri-State Transportation Campaign analysis and data from the NJ State Police:

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Topics: Pedestrian Accidents, Bicycle Safety

"Complete Streets" Policy to Provide Safe Routes for Bikers and Pedestrians

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Mar 26, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

Most of the roads in communities throughout America were not designed for any traffic other than passenger motor vehicles – and indeed, many people would ask, what other traffic besides cars and trucks should we expect to see on our roads? The reality, of course, is that every day, many of the country's pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transit riders use roads that are unsuited to their needs, for lack of any other option. Some streets lack even sidewalks where people can walk safely, to say nothing of bicycle lanes or crosswalks. This can result in devastating pedestrian or bicycle accidents with cars in which the cyclist or person on foot may sustain life-altering injuries.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Bicycle Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, Bicycle Safety

Slip and Fall Danger Lingers when Snow Melts and Refreezes Overnight

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Mar 24, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

The dead of winter can be a dangerous time to set foot outside, whether as a pedestrian walking from place to place or even as a driver walking to and from your car. When the calendar officially marks the first day of spring and daytime temperatures start to creep upward, everyone breathes a sigh of relief that winter is leaving – and taking its perilous slip and fall weather hazards with it! But unfortunately, the danger isn't completely behind us yet. Early spring holds its own share of slip and fall dangers that can result in serious injuries.

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Topics: Dangerous Condition, Dangerous Premises, Premises Liabiiity, Slip and Fall, Pedestrian Accidents

Yet Another Pedestrian Killed in Westfield NJ Car Accident

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Mar 21, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

As the snow melts and the weather starts warming up, New Jersey will see more pedestrians taking to the sidewalks and streets. But even in winter, many New Jersey residents walk for transportation or exercise. Even when they obey all the traffic rules that apply to pedestrians, they rely on drivers to do their part to avoid dangerous accidents. Unfortunately, all too often a driver fails and causes a pedestrian accident, which can have devastating, often fatal results for the victim on foot. An unprotected human body being struck by a motor vehicle may suffer any number of serious injuries, from broken bones to spinal cord damage to traumatic brain injuries – physical trauma that can result in permanent disability or death.

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Topics: Pedestrian Accidents

NJ Car Accidents: Speed, Time & Distance and Why They're Important

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Dec 02, 2013

By Francis M. Smith

Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident, with all the attendant vehicle repairs, doctor visits, and medical expenses, is difficult enough even when the details of the accident itself are clear and undisputed. But when the other driver's testimony contradicts your account of the events leading up to the car accident (why would be surprised that the other driver may see things differently, or at least say so?) things can get harder in a hurry. If your recollection of the accident and the other driver's story don't match up, does that mean you're stuck in a he-said, she-said situation that ends up being resolved solely based on which of you the judge or jury finds more convincing? Fortunately, many times, no. That's where accident reconstruction can come into play. Using data gathered from the scene of the car accident and from the vehicles involved, an investigator brought in by your attorney can determine which party's account more closely matches the evidence, and who is misremembering (or outright lying about) what happened.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motorcycle Accident, Pedestrian Accidents, Evidence

Car Accident Victims: Why Negotiating On Your Own Is Never Good

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Nov 27, 2013

By Francis M. Smith

There are many reasons you might be reluctant to bring in an attorney to help you handle your injury lawsuit. You may be worried about the bite that an attorney's fees will take out of your settlement award, and think you can get more money by going it alone, or you may simply think it's more of a hassle to bring in another person, and feel confident in your DIY abilities. However, trying to go it alone with your injury lawsuit is, more often than not, a recipe for disaster. With a matter as complicated as an injury lawsuit, with so much of your future financial well-being riding on the outcome, you're much better off seeking out legal advice from a professional, and in most cases retaining a lawyer will help you achieve a better outcome for your claim.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motorcycle Accident, Pedestrian Accidents

Warning: Car Accidents & Quick Settlement Offers

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Nov 25, 2013

By Francis M. Smith

Imagine this: you've just been in a motor vehicle accident. It's only a few days after the crash, and you probably haven't even gotten an estimate on your vehicle yet, let alone had more than a preliminary medical examination at the hospital. You may be waiting on an appointment with your primary care doctor or a specialist, and can only guess at what the full extent of your injuries will be and what treatments you'll need. Then you get a call from an insurance adjuster representing the other driver's insurer. He wants to see how you're doing and find out about your injuries in order to process your claim promptly and get you a check right away. He seems really on top of things, and interested in your well-being.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Automobile Insurance, Motorcycle Accident, Pedestrian Accidents

Avoiding Injuries to Our Children: Getting To and From School Safely

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Sep 23, 2013

By Francis M. Smith

With the end of summer fast approaching, many parents are starting to think about school safety and protecting their children in learning environments. One important element of school safety that's easier to overlook than most is the route between home and school. Though some of the dangers change as a child gets older, making sure they arrive at school safely and ready to learn is a priority for parents and educators alike. The best ways to safeguard a child en route to school and home again depend largely on the method of transportation being used to make the trip.

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Topics: Injuries, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Injuries to Children, Pedestrian Accidents, Bicycle Safety

NJ Personal Injury Attorney Supports Community Efforts

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, May 10, 2013

The Law Offices of Francis M. Smith, Esq. Personal Injury Attorney support the important work our community organizations do to protect you. In honor of events that occur during the spring and summer months, we are supporting the following organizations.

May   
June   
  • National Safety MonthRun for Life 5K on June 2nd to benefit Child and Family Resources of Morris County organized by Par-Troy Rotary club
July    
August    
And year round …   
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Topics: Dog Bites, Pedestrian Accidents, Bicycle Safety

Driver & Pedestrian Distraction Leading Cause of Pedestrian Accidents

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Tue, Feb 26, 2013

By Francis M. Smith
 
Accidents happen.  They are, after all, called "accidents".  However, unless it involves something completely unforeseen such as "an act of God" (like the recent asteroid over the Urals in Russia), most accidents can be avoided or even actually prevented.  Take, for example, pedestrian accidents.  Now, aside from the fact that the margin for error is less when you're injured on foot than if you're behind the wheel of a car (and the potential for serious injury much greater), any accident that involves a pedestrian is almost always caused by something that could and probably should have been foreseen.  The fact that a pedestrian accident occurred is very often attributed to one simple factor:  Distraction.  The driver may have been distracted.  Or the pedestrian.  Or, as a recipe for almost certain disaster, both.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Distracted Driving, Pedestrian Accidents

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