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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
While most people have heard of wrongful death, most have never experienced it first hand. But cases of wrongful death impact people and their families across the country every year. The Center For Disease Control (CDC) estimates that over 130,000 people will suffer unintentional injuries and die this year. While a large majority of these accidents are just that – accidental – many of them could be considered wrongful death. This means that had another person taken the proper care or provided the minimum amount effort, death could have been avoided. Continue reading
If you’ve lived in New Jersey during the transition from Winter to Spring, you know how easy it is to lose your footing just about anywhere. Slick snowy conditions eventually give way to a wet thawing situations, giving pedestrians little time to catch their breath. Snow banks remain piled up in the most inconvenient of spots and with Summer around the corner, enormous puddles of late Spring showers take up entire sideways. Continue reading
Emotional distress is causally related to personal injury.
Becoming the victim of an accident that causes you serious injury often does more damage than an x-ray can reveal; in many cases, harm is suffered by your emotions and psyche as well as by the bones and tissues of your body. Though many people remain skeptical of claims about psychological harm, emotional distress is a genuine type of injury and is just as deserving of compensation as the physical pain and suffering you experience as a result of your accident. Continue reading