Personal Injury Articles for the Injured of NJ

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

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