Jersey City Personal Injury Law Blog

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.

1 seriously injured in pedestrian accident in New Jersey

Any time you walk outside near a roadway, you could be at risk of being struck by a vehicle. There's only so much you can do as a person to avoid these accidents; you can use a crosswalk, look both ways or even walk in a buddy system, but if the driver in question isn't paying attention or is being negligent, you may still be hit.

In most cases of pedestrian accidents, the driver will stop to help at the scene. No one really wants someone else to get hurt, so this is what should happen. In this case out of Stillwater, New Jersey, a young man didn't stop. The 19-year-old was arrested due to admitting he was driving the vehicle involved in a hit-and-run. The accident resulted in a pedestrian suffering serious injuries.

Facing a wrongful death after a motorcycle accident

Imagine driving your motorcycle with someone you care about riding with you. Suddenly, a car pulls out from a driveway, not bothering to look if anyone's coming. Now, you've both been seriously injured. If your loved one has died following an accident like this in New Jersey, it's possible you have a case for compensation due to his or her wrongful death.

It's true that nothing you do now will be able to bring the person you love back, but you can seek compensation for the care you or she had to receive and the wages you've lost due to this situation. Compensation can provide a way to reduce stress while you go through rehabilitation or while you focus on funeral arrangements.

How does workers' compensation work in New Jersey?

In New Jersey, workers' compensation covers medical benefits, temporary total benefits and permanent and partial benefits. If a worker dies while on the job as a result of their employment, then workers' compensation also provides benefits to the workers' family.

Does it matter who's at fault for an accident? No. An employee who gets hurt at work receives benefits no matter who was at fault. The benefits do restrict the worker's right to a civil action lawsuit, however, so he won't be able to seek pain and suffering against the employer if he takes workers' compensation. Intentional acts that put the employee at risk are not included in that rule. For instance, if your employer pushes you down a flight of stairs, you would be entitled to a civil lawsuit and compensation through workers' compensation.

Drowsy driving in New Jersey: It is a problem

You've been victimized by a negligent driver in New Jersey, and now you have a question. If he wasn't drunk, didn't spend time looking at his phone and wasn't speeding, can you hold him accountable for his negligence? If he was sleep deprived, the answer is probably yes.

Drowsy driving is a term that describes when a person is tired and behind the wheel. In the latest report about drowsy driving from the U.S. Department of Transportation, it was shown that drowsy driving was involved in between 2.2 and 2.6 percent of total fatal crashes annually across the country. While the number of fatalities drops over the course of the research period between 2005 and 2009, the safety report was able to show that drowsy driving did remain consistently involved in crashes.

What do you do after a crash in New Jersey?

When you're in an accident in New Jersey, your first thought isn't going to be to ask for the other driver's information or even to worry about your car. You'll likely think about whether or not your passengers are okay and if you or the other driver have injuries to attend to. In some cases, you may not even be awake thanks to the impact.

Despite your condition, there are several things that need to happen following an accident. If injuries or damage of $500 or more has occurred, the accident needs to be reported. In most cases, simply calling the police or for an ambulance will help make sure everything is reported as necessary.

Pedestrian accidents high in 2014 in New Jersey

In New Jersey, 2014 was a year of growing issues related to pedestrian injuries and deaths. The New Jersey State Police have reported a dramatic increase in the number of pedestrian fatalities since 2013, which has been called, "alarming."

In New Jersey, 563 deaths took place on the roads. Of those, 170 were pedestrian deaths. That total was a jump of over 25 percent from 2013. Of those who died, over 50 percent of them were over 50 years old. Only seven were under 17.

Get compensation after a motorcycle accident in New Jersey

Getting into a motorcycle accident can leave you scarred and disabled. Things like broken bones, road rash and serious head injuries are common. This accident could leave you in a position where you need ongoing medical treatment, time off work or other assistance just to live a normal life.

As a rider who has been struck by someone, you've probably heard it all; you didn't stay in your own lane, drivers can't see you because your vehicle is slim or even that you knew the risks of being on the road with other vehicles. Those assertions are unfair and as a driver, you are owed the same legal rights as anyone else on the roadways.

2 injured in tractor-trailer crash in New Jersey

If you've been keeping an eye on the news in New Jersey, you may have heard about this accident that resulted in two people being injured. A tractor-trailer was recently involved in a crash on Jan. 20 after it collided with a car on Route 287 southbound. The report, covered with the help of a State Police spokesman, stated that the truck tipped over following the impact, eventually rolling down an embankment.

The crash took place at approximately 4 p.m. According to police, the tractor-trailer had been changing lanes when it struck a 2008 Nissan Altima. The tractor-trailer was traveling in the left lane and was switching the center lane when it struck the Altima, which was already in the center lane. The impact forced the semi off the road and into a guardrail. From there, it tipped over and rolled down an embankment where it eventually struck a tree and stopped.

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