What do I do AFTER I get into a car accident?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost 35,000 people in the United States were killed in automobile crashes in 2014. On top of that, 2.34 million more were seriously injured. Statistically, there is a good possibility that you may be involved in a car crash at some point, no matter how many precautions you take. Continue reading

Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents are a major cause of concern for businesses, especially during the winter months. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), “falls are the third leading cause of death in the U.S., accounting for nearly 32,000 deaths” in the recent years. Continue reading

Intersection Accident: Who Is Responsible?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motor vehicle accidents very often occur at intersections. Knowing your rights and responsibilities as a driver or an injured victim in an accident is beneficial to your overall wellbeing.

WHY INTERSECTION ACCIDENTS OCCUR

According to National Safety Council (NSC) and NHTSA respectively, twenty-five percent of all automobile accidents are related to distraction secondary to cell phone use; and, alcohol and drug impairment during driving (illegal drugs and/or prescription medications), is a primary cause of vehicle accidents, with 40% of all vehicle accidents involving fatalities attributed to alcohol use. Road conditions and/or deficiencies in traffic control markings, signs or devices may also contribute to the causes of accidents.

AFTER THE ACCIDENT

Your primary focus after an accident should be to get appropriate medical attention if required. Cooperating with law enforcement and gathering evidence should be your second priority. If possible, and if it does not interfere with law enforcement or other emergency responders at the scene of the accident, try to take photos and/or videos and obtain the names and contact information of witnesses. Contact legal counsel well versed in automobile accident claims.

Contact your insurance carrier to properly report the incident. Try to secure a copy of the police report as soon as it has been finalized. Keep records of all auto insurance and other communications and bills regarding damage and repairs made to your vehicle. Keep or secure documentation and with regard to your injuries, medical treatment and costs, as well as records of lost wages due to the accident.

LIABILITIES

Drivers at fault for an accident are typically considered liable for your injuries and associated losses. In addition, property owners, road maintenance and construction/paving companies and/or municipalities and states may be culpable if the road conditions or traffic control devices were deficient and somehow caused or contributed to the occurrence.

Contact a knowledgeable New Jersey accident lawyer with experience in personal injury, or in any motor vehicle or pedestrian accident.  Proceed in a timely manner, as there are various time limitations relative to when you must file claims, and a qualified attorney can proceed accordingly in that regard to help you protect your rights.

The Mullen Law Firm has successfully resolved a handful of motor vehicle and pedestrian accident claims over many decades. Contact us today for a free consultation.

How Does A Personal Injury Claim Work?

Most people who suffer serious injuries in an accident have never had occasion to speak with a lawyer before. Dealing with the pain and upheaval caused by a severe injury is hardly the ideal circumstance for stressful new experiences, and many people feel anxious about approaching a personal injury attorney for the first time. In my practice, I make every effort possible to put prospective clients at ease, but I know that with so much at stake for an accident victim, some worry is unavoidable. Still, knowing what to expect when you first approach a lawyer about your injury case can make the process feel more manageable. Continue reading

New Yorkers: Are You Texting While Driving?

We all know that distracted driving, especially texting while driving, is a dangerous practice that could lead to catastrophic accidents. New York, like most of the other states, has enacted laws that are designed to address this very problem. In spite of these laws, it seems that far too many New Yorker’s have yet to receive this message. Or, if they did get the message in the form of a text sent to their phone, they have simply chosen to ignore it. Continue reading

My Ex-Spouse Refuses to Comply with a Court Order

If you have recently been through or filed for a divorce, you may be aware that just because you have a divorce decree does not mean that you don’t ever have to think about your divorce ever again. Even with legal documents, a spouse may refuse to comply with court orders regarding property division, child support, visitation, child custody, or spousal maintenance matters. Indubitably, this can cause overwhelming frustration and demand that you continue to focus on your divorce long after it should have been settled. Continue reading

Police Reports: Are They Necessary?

When two or more people are involved in an automobile accident, sometimes they won’t be sure if they want to call the police. They may not be certain if a police report is necessary or legally required, or one of the drivers may be hiding something, such as a suspended or revoked license, expired registration tags, or the fact that they’re driving without insurance.

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The Hoboken Train Crash

At least one person is dead and about 100 others are injured – many severely – after a New Jersey Transit train crashed into a station in Hoboken Thursday morning during rush hour, according to authorities.

The Associated Press reported that the accident happened at 8:45 a.m. and involved train number 1614, which was traveling from Spring Valley, New York, on the Pascack Valley line.

The train was full of commuters, and witnesses have reported that the train was traveling at a high rate of speed when it plowed through the station and through a bumper stop at the end of the track. Reports indicate that the train came to a stop in a covered area between the platform and an indoor waiting area.

Preliminary reports from local law enforcement officials suggest the crash was accidental or caused by operator error. The investigation, however, is still in the early stages.

Many have stated in interviews with reporters that the train appeared to be moving faster than usual as it entered the station.

Witnesses shared photos on social media of the derailed train in the station. Many photos showed significant damage to the structure, which is the fifth busiest in the New Jersey Transit system with about 15,000 boardings per weekday.

Here at the Mullen Law Firm, we express our greatest condolences to those who were involved in this tragic accident. We are available to assist those who have been injured or who lost a loved one.

As the investigation continues, many accident victims may be entitled to compensation, which can help cover the medical expenses, lost wages and other costs that may result from injuries sustained in this accident.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one, do not hesitate to contact us today to learn more about your legal options.

Back to School: Safety Tips

The new school year is here, 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. Continue reading

Sign Here, Initial Here: Ambiguous Contracts

Have you ever read a confusing contract and scratched your head? Whether it is a lease, operating agreement, or other contract, it is imperative to understand what you want. It is also important to negotiate and draft agreements quickly to avoid losing opportunities. Failure to clearly say what you mean can result in unexpected costs, disputes and lawsuits.

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