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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.

The Uninsured Employer's Fund and Workers' Compensation

What happens if your employer has failed to get the workers' compensation coverage he or she was meant to have on hand in case an employee was injured? You may think you're going to need to sue your employer, but there may be other options to get the money you need.

For instance, did you know there is an office that works with situations like this in New Jersey? Aptly named the Office of Special Compensation Funds, the office enforces laws requiring employers to carry insurance coverage at the workplace. If the employer doesn't have the insurance, this office works to make sure he or she gets it.

How serious are pedestrian accidents in the U.S.?

Pedestrian safety is something everyone needs to consider when on the roads. As unfortunate as it is, drivers who are distracted or under the influence when driving have a higher risk of injuring pedestrians, and that puts lives at risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention keeps tabs on pedestrian accidents in the United States each year, and with the most recent update covering the year 2012, you can see how pedestrian accidents impact the country.

For example, in 2012, there were 4,743 pedestrians killed in traffic accidents in the U.S. While that may only represent a small town's worth of people in a country with thousands more, the fatalities only represent some of the people impacted by these incidents. In the same year, 76,000 people were injured in pedestrian accidents, and thousands of others faced the stress and anxiety of knowing a loved one, friend, or family member was hurt or killed in an accident.

Get the compensation you deserve after your work accident

New Jersey has high-speed highways and beautiful beaches with residential roads and busy boardwalks, and all of these areas need to be repaired every now and again. Construction teams are usually called to the scene to repair potholes, bridges, buildings, structures and other issues, so everyone else can enjoy visiting and living in the state.

What happens when a repair goes wrong? A worker could be badly injured or even killed. Construction workers tend to work in dangerous environments, like along a busy highway, and this can put them in danger. Getting hurt while at work can mean an end to your career or weeks to months of rehabilitation.

1 killed, 1 injured when random tire hits Audi on I-80

The condition of a person's car has a lot to do with how well it drives. Sometimes, manufacturer's defects, maintenance problems or faulty repairs can result in accidents, too. When a tire comes off a car, for instance, and strikes yours, it could cause an accident that hurts you or others.

That's what has happened in this case out of New Jersey. According to the story, a 77-year-old man was driving on I-80 when a stray tire flew off another person's vehicle and hit his. The 77-year-old man's Audi crashed into two other vehicles after the impact, one of which was a Ford F-350 with a trainer and the other a Mercedes. The car continued out of control until it struck a guardrail and came to a stop in the roadway.

Pedalcyclist-car crash fatalities rise in the United States

As a pedestrian riding your bike in New Jersey, you have every right to use the roadways the same as any other person in a vehicle as long as you obey the traffic laws. You are legally allowed to be on the roads, and other drivers need to be aware that you're going to be there. They shouldn't be trying to pass too closely to you, and you shouldn't have to worry about getting hit by someone who isn't paying attention.

Sadly, there are many pedalcyclists who are killed each year in motor vehicle crashes. Their deaths account for around 2 percent of all the fatalities that take place on the roads, showing that their numbers aren't insignificant.

How do you resolve a dispute over your work accident?

If you've been hurt at work in New Jersey, you likely need to file a claim to receive your workers' compensation payments. Interestingly, while you may want to report your incident and believe it's related to your job, your employer is able to contest that fact. When this happens, you may need to take your dispute to a hearing with the Division of Workers' Compensation.

Once the case is filed with the Division of Workers' Compensation, you'll need to go to an informal hearing where the claim will be discussed. Issues that could come up may include things like where your illness or accident took place, how the illness or accident relates to your job and what kind of medical treatment you needed. The type of benefits you will need may also be discussed.

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