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New Jersey’s Crumbling Roads Raise Concerns for Motorists

A recent report by TRIP, a national transportation research group, notes that “more than a quarter of the nation’s major urban roads are rated in substandard or poor condition, providing motorists and truckers with a rough ride and increasing the cost of operating a vehicle.” Of the 25 worst urban regions with populations greater than […]

Are Hands-Free Cell Phones Safer for Drivers than Hand-Held Phones?

Under New Jersey law, use of a hand-held cell phone is strictly prohibited. Drivers face fines ranging from $200 to $400 for a first offense, $400 to $600 for a second offense and $600 to $800 for a third offense. The third offense may also result in a three-point license penalty and a suspension of […]

Should Parents be Concerned About School Bus Safety?

According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, school buses are a safer transportation option for students than passenger cars. An extensive study of school transportation accidents shows that school-aged occupants of school transportation vehicles fared better than occupants of other vehicles and pedestrians. This is welcome assurance for parents, who generally feel safer when […]

What Are the Most Dangerous Counties for Driving in New Jersey?

If you live and drive in New Jersey, you may wonder how your home county ranks for traffic safety. The New Jersey Department of Transportation maintains records of car crashes by county, but they don’t tell the whole story. For 2013, the latest year for which there are complete records, the top five counties for […]

Why Do Hospital “Never Events” Keep Happening?

In December 2012, researchers at Johns Hopkins released a landmark study of surgical malpractice revealing that an estimated 4,000 so-called “never events” occur in American hospitals each year. A never event is a mistake during a surgical procedure which is entirely preventable and easily eliminated through proper protocols and surgical team communication. These include leaving […]

What is the Statute of Limitations for Personal Injuries in New Jersey?

Nothing lasts forever, including your right to sue for an injury. If you are injured in New Jersey, you must file suit within two years of the date on which you were injured. If you fail to do so, you may permanently lose your right to sue. There are many circumstances that could make your […]

New Jersey Supreme Court Allows Suit Against Homeowners Associations

In a case that may have far-reaching repercussions throughout New Jersey, the state Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that a resident of a condominium community can sue a homeowners association for injuries resulting from a slip-and-fall on an icy sidewalk. The trial court and an appellate court had maintained that the homeowners association could not […]

What is the Role of “Experts” in Personal Injury Cases?

Experts play a pivotal role in many types of court cases, including personal injury cases. But people outside the legal profession often have a misunderstanding of what experts do. There’s a common misconception that experts are hired guns, taking the stand to say whatever an attorney has hired them to say. This is far from […]

Premises Liability for Accidents Caused Autumn Leaves

Autumn leaves are beautiful. They’ve inspired painters and songwriters for generations. But let’s face it: they’re a bit of a nuisance. Nobody likes raking leaves, and those noisy leaf-blowers are just plain obnoxious. However, if you don’t clear the leaves from your premises, you could be creating a dangerous condition for which you would be […]

Halloween, Ghoulish Trespassers and the Attractive Nuisance

As Halloween approaches, homeowners and renters must anticipate the patter of little feet as diminutive ghouls, goblins, princesses, ninjas, monsters and extraterrestrials make their way to their doorstep. Is the path from the sidewalk to your door reasonably safe for children, especially in the dark? If not, you could be liable for injuries that occur […]