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Man paralyzed after car turns in front of his motorcycle

As a motorcyclist, you know that the roads are more dangerous for you than for other drivers. You take a risk every time you go to work or drive recreationally, because you aren't a large vehicle and may not be seen coming around corners or on highways if other drivers don't pay attention. What should be an easy commute could end badly if others aren't paying attention or don't notice you on your motorcycle. While you can be hurt badly, paralyzed or killed, you still will need to manage your medical bills and wages to survive.

When an accident's not your fault, you shouldn't be left to face this struggle alone. You deserve compensation, much like this motorcyclist received after being paralyzed in a serious accident. The motorcyclist has received a $2.52 million settlement, according to a New Jersey news source. This settlement, while high, will need to pay for medical care, lost wages and other needs the man will have in the future.

Speak up after an injury on a business' premises in New Jersey

When walking into a grocery store, you don't expect anything bad to happen. You probably just want to get a few items for food for the week and get out. Most people plan their trips a few times a month, so they are familiar with the store, too. Still, despite knowing the store and the surroundings, injuries can still happen while you're there.

Retail stores can be dangerous for consumers if they aren't repaired and managed correctly. Leaving wet floors unmarked, for instance, can lead to a person slipping on the water and injuring him- or herself. Partitions and half-sized walls can be dangerous, too, especially if they are short enough to pose a tripping hazard. Because consumers focus on the shelving and sales, they aren't usually looking down at the floor. That means that slick and dangerous areas that could be avoided won't be, simply because you won't see them coming.

What do you do if you get hurt at work?

When you're hurt on the job, the first thing you should do is tell your employer. Don't wait until you get home or spend a few days considering your pain; you should immediately report any injury you suffer or do so as soon as possible. If you need medical care, a request can be placed with your employer under New Jersey law. In an emergency, you should seek care immediately.

If your employer decides not to report your accident to the workers' compensation insurance carrier, you have an option of doing so yourself. In your workplace, the insurance coverage for the company should be listed in a prominent location. Collect the information there and then contact your local workers' compensation organization.

Stay safe on the roads with these motorcycle safety tips

As a motorcyclist, you do everything you can to stay safe on the roads. Despite this, you may still be involved in an accident due to other unsafe drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, those driving motorcycles are at a 26 times higher risk than other kinds of passengers to be killed in a crash and have around a five times greater risk of injury.

Motorcyclist fatalities to vary by year, but they don't see to really be dropping in number in New Jersey. There are around 70 fatalities and 2,000 crashes involving motorcyclists each year, and while some are caused by the motorcyclists, others are likely caused by drivers who pull out in front of them, turn in front of them, put their brakes on too quickly or perform other unsafe actions on the roads.

What are the most common injuries to pedestrians struck by cars?

When a pedestrian is involved in a car accident, that person is at a high risk of serious injuries. What kinds of injuries are most common? A report from October 2011 looked into the injury patterns of those struck by vehicles overseas, so the U.S. government and traffic administrations can help prevent these injuries within the United States as well. According to the paper, there were several areas of the body most commonly injured after being hit by a vehicle.

Elderly people were highly represented in this report, but young pedestrians were most commonly injured. According to the data, the lower extremities were most commonly injured. Around 50 percent of the victims suffered some kind of trauma to the legs or feet. The head, neck, and face were the second most frequently injured parts of the body. Those injuries took place in around 38 percent of the pedestrians who were struck. The upper extremities were the least likely to be injured, with just 27 percent of the pedestrians who were struck suffering injuries in that area of the body.

Morgan and Wal-Mart settle after fatal accident

If you remember the accident that involved comedian Tracy Morgan and James McNair, then you recall that it was a Wal-Mart truck that struck the back of the vehicle carrying the men and others. The truck driver was accused of several violations of trucking laws, and he faces various criminal charges in New Jersey state court. One of those charges is for the death of a man by auto, which could result in a prison sentence. So far, the driver of the Wal-Mart truck has pleaded not guilty.

The initial investigation into the crash showed that the Wal-Mart diver had been traveling 65 mph when he struck the limo van carrying Morgan and others along the New Jersey Turnpike. On that section of the turnpike, the speed limit had been lowered to 45 due to construction. The truck driver had allegedly slowed for traffic but had to swerve to avoid a crash. When he did that, he struck the back of the limo.

Don't pay for someone else's negligent actions after a wreck

Those who drive know that when they get into a car, they could get into an accident. A car accident can happen for many reasons, from a negligent driver turning in front of you to a teen texting while speeding on the highway. No matter what the cause of the accident was, if you're the victim of serious injuries following an accident, you deserve the right to seek compensation for your pain and suffering.

Your accident could have been something simple, like a rear-end accident at a stop sign. Unfortunately, even a low-impact accident can cause injuries like head trauma or whiplash. These injuries take time to heal and can result in pain, trouble concentrating and other issues.

Proving liability in a foreclosed property

Getting hurt on someone's property typically results in the owner being held responsible for your injuries. What happens when a property doesn't have an owner on site, though? One problem you could run into is being injured on a foreclosure site, which won't likely be maintained.

With no one at the property to maintain the lawn, pavement or other parts of the home, these vacant properties can become dangerous to the people around it. In fact, according to one article, Bank of America has been in charge of foreclosure properties that resulted in injury, but it has been found to have no legal duty to maintain that property, even though the bank owns the mortgage and apartments.

Fatal accident could have involved texting, according to courts

Pedestrians are often in danger when they're out walking near roads, especially when drivers aren't paying as much attention as they should be. A simple, low-speed accident can result in a pedestrian's serious injuries or death, even in cases where a vehicle is moving slowly in a parking lot or on a residential avenue. The weight of a vehicle combined with any speed can make impacts or crushing injuries deadly.

This was true in the case involving a 25-year-old woman who struck a 76-year-old man, leading to his death. The woman had been driving on Route 9 in New Jersey when she collided with the man who was on a daily walk near his home.

Claim compensation for negligence on a premises in New Jersey

Most of the time, when you're on someone else's property, you are protected against injuries. If the owner of that property has been negligent in maintaining the land around the house, the stairs running up to a business, or even a parking lot filled with potholes, you could be injured and have a right to compensation for those injuries.

Whether the property is a business property or residential home makes little difference; your rights as a victim stay the same. As long as you were allowed to be on the property, and in some cases even when you may not have been, you can make a premises liability claim against the owner.

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