Personal Injury Articles for the Injured of NJ

Driverless Cars: Who is Responsible when a Driverless Car Crash with Human-Operated Car?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, May 31, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

As technology companies and auto manufacturers bring us closer every day to a reality in which fleets of cars with self-driving computer systems travel our roads and highways, their work raises questions for society and the law to wrestle. One of the most important questions regarding driverless cars is the matter of liability – in a collision between a self-driving vehicle and a standard human-driven car, who is responsible for the accident?

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Topics: tort law, driverless cars

What is Tort Law? What's a Tort Lawyer?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Mar 09, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

For a number of reasons, the field of law is filled with jargon that can often seem complex or confusing to people who don't deal with it on a regular basis. This is often because specific words and phrases carry legal weight that their synonyms might not. A term you might hear often if you have been hurt in an accident is “tort.” I first met the term as a first year law student. At the basic level, a tort is any wrongdoing committed against one party by another that unfairly inflicts harm or loss upon the latter party. Sometimes a tort can also be a crime, but often the wrongdoing perpetrated against the victim does not rise to the level of criminal behavior. Still, it is a violation of the victim's rights, and tort law is the means by which that victim can seek compensation for the harm they suffered. The torts I deal with result in personal injury to my clients.

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Topics: injury compensation, federal tort claims act, tort law, tort lawyer

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