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What Are the Most Common Causes of Car Accidents in New Jersey?

Car accidents occur often in New Jersey. You could be driving along the road when some other driver plows into the side of your vehicle or cuts you off. Drivers can be negligent. Drivers can be drunk. Anger or apathy can result in vehicles speeding down lanes they should not travel, which can only result in you or a loved one being hurt.

If a vehicle has struck you or your car, damaging either your body or possessions, you are entitled to personal injury money. Thankfully, the New Jersey Civil Court system has multiple charges set in place for the most common car accidents out there. If you are caught off-guard, you might want to consider utilizing the following means to get even against those who will hurt you.

Can a Pedestrian Be at Fault for Car Accidents?

When you hear that a vehicle crashes into a pedestrian, the first assumption is the driver was speeding or not paying attention to the road. When pedestrians are walking on the sidewalk or crossing the crosswalk at a light, drivers need to look forward on the road to react to whatever happens on the road. New drives? New walkers? These are factors that matter greatly to any driver. To ignore them is to behave in a negligent manner.

However, is it always the car driver’s fault if a pedestrian is hit? Drivers can be negligent, but so can pedestrians out for a walk. The only issue is that their negligence is usually self-destructive, putting them in harm’s way in an unnecessary fashion. This all invites the question: when are pedestrians at fault for vehicular accidents?

If you Get into an Accident Riding a Bicycle, Will Insurance Help You?

Every cyclist’s worst fear is being struck by a car while on the road. They might do everything right, driving along the curb with a helmet, a bell, and a light source for night driving. None of that helps when one car jumps the curb and plows into their side. Impact can send a cyclist flying into the fences or tumbling under the wheels of their car. Fear floods the senses, so much that you might not notice your mangled bike or splintered femur. With a bike accident, the injuries are typically more severe because you have nothing to protect you when you are hit and sent to the ground.

If you See Something Traumatic, Can You Sue for Emotional Damages?

Trauma doesn’t come with a price tag. If your car gets broken in, there’s monetary value to how much a new window or door may cost. If your leg breaks, therapy and hospitals will give you a fee for their services to help you heal. However, when it comes to witnessing something horrible, it’s far harder to find an economic value on your experiences.

Photo Evidence Can Help Win a Car Crash Personal Injuries Suit

The worst has happened. You’re driving your vehicle on the open road, eyes ahead. You are obeying every rule of the road, doing everything right. Then, something strikes your vehicle. Maybe a truck plowed through your passenger door, crunching seat into metal shards. Perhaps a car cut short – too fast for you to swerve out of the way – and you strike it head-on, folding your engine through your steering wheel. Your fingers have fragmented down to the knuckles, your skin is shredded as shards carve jagged gashes, and your passengers lay concussed next to you from heavy trauma to the skull.

10 Worst Tricks Insurance Companies Use After You Are Involved in An Accident

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Insurance companies spend billions of dollars each year in marketing to convince the public that they have your best interest at heart.  Let’s take a look at some of the slogans:  State Farm  -  Like a good neighbor State Farm is there; Allstate – You’re in good hands with Allstate; Geico -15 minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance; Progressive – Think easier, think Progressive; Chubb- Peace of mind; Prudential – Let Prudential be your rock or Bring your challenges.

 I have represented people against insurance companies for 25 years and can tell you unequivocally that these insurance companies will do anything they can to deny you fair money for your loss whether it be personal injury, property damage or economic loss. In your toughest time of need you will not be in their “good hands” and they will not be your “good neighbor.”  Protect yourself and your family after an accident and understand they are not in any way trying to help you.




Ten of the worst tricks insurance companies use in trying to deny people fair money for their claims after an accident are as follows:

Getting Personal Injury Help After a New Jersey Pedestrian or Bike Accident

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A pedestrian is at a great disadvantage in a collision with a driver or passenger in a car or truck accident. The pedestrian does not have the benefit of a car body surrounding him or her, and is often injured badly. Hit-and-run accidents are not uncommon when a pedestrian is involved in a crash. An injured pedestrian often suffers a serious or catastrophic injury, and may be entitled to compensation to help cover loss related to the accident.

When is Compensation for Pain and Suffering Available for New Jersey Personal Injury?

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When it comes to car accidents, drivers, passengers and pedestrians in New Jersey do not plan on being involved in one. Because of this, many do not consider what steps they would take after an accident and how badly the incident could impact their life. While every accident is different and could affect victims at various degrees, it is important to be aware of available legal remedies following an automobile collision.

Personal Injury Advice: Protecting Your Rights After a Pedestrian Accident

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Whether it is to enjoy nice weather, for exercise, walking in a parking lot or commuting to work or school, many residents in New Jersey are pedestrians on a daily basis. While there are many advantages for individuals that walk, such as saving gas or getting exercise, there are several disadvantages. In most cases, pedestrians travel either on or next to roads. This factor alone could lead to serious and even fatal accidents involving pedestrians.

Help for Victims of Auto-Pedestrian Accidents

Whether a pedestrian is in a parking lot, sidewalk or walking on the side of the road, he or she is often placed in harms way due to nearby vehicle traffic. Although there are safety features put in place to protect pedestrians in New Jersey and elsewhere, this does not guard them from negligent drivers that might collide with them. When a pedestrian accident occurs, victims are likely to suffer serious or even catastrophic injuries.

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