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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 […]

How Does Comparative Negligence Affect New Jersey Auto Accident Cases?

In New Jersey, the law of comparative negligence comes about when an injured person shares some blame for causing the accident. This used to be called contributory negligence, and it was a harsh rule that barred an injured party from recovering any compensation if that party was in any small measure responsible. Imagine getting into […]

What to Do in a Hazardous Materials Crash

An August 12th collision of two tractor-trailers on the New Jersey Turnpike near Exit 9 ignited a shipment of acetylene and propane, setting off explosions and sending plumes of thick, black smoke into the air. Lanes were closed in both directions for hours as hazardous material units attempted to contain the fire. This incident raises […]

Staying Safe While Driving During the Holiday Season

The period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is one of the most dangerous times to be on the road. Because many people are traveling long distances, the chances of being involved in an auto accident increase. The roads are busier, the weather is sometimes poor and alcohol consumption is frequently involved. According to the […]

Why Should You Carry UM/UIM Insurance?

Because insurance contracts tend to be complicated and expensive, many people approach auto insurance shopping with one goal in mind — to pay as little as possible. Unfortunately, they often misunderstand what their coverage actually provides and overlook options that can give them the protection they need. For example, no matter how high your liability […]

Seeking Compensation for Injuries Resulting from Drunk Driving

The decision to take the wheel of a vehicle after drinking is unwise. We all know alcohol impairs our ability to make rational decisions and the choice to endanger others is reckless. The injuries sustained in an accident involving a drunken driver are often catastrophic. This is because the impaired driver is often reckless, driving […]

What are the Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?

In warmer weather, you may hear a lot more about motorcycle accidents than about car accidents. New Jersey motorcycle accident lawyers know it’s very likely because motorcycle accidents oftentimes end in the rider’s death. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration tracks motorcycle accident statistics and reports that in 2011, motorcyclists’ fatalities comprised 14 percent of […]