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 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.
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.
Millions of automobile accidents occur in the United States each year. There is a high likelihood that at some point most of us will be involved in one type of motor vehicle accident or another. Injuries that occur in car accidents range in their severity. Regardless of the extent of the injuries, those who are hurt in a car accident should see a doctor as soon as possible to assess the extent of the injuries and to document the conditions and how they were sustained. Continue reading
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