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What can be done in the wake of a car accident?

When you get into a car accident, a lot is going through your mind. Most car accidents are minor in nature, and thus only a little property damage is involved. But there are obviously some very serious car accidents that can occur. In such severe car accidents, some of the tips we are about to list may not be applicable. For many wrecks, though, these post-accidents steps are very important.

Do criminal and civil claims ever arise from the same car crash?

When another driver’s negligence rises to the level of recklessness, criminal liability may attach, in addition to potential civil claims. Yet recreating another driver’s actions may prove challenging in either context. Crash experts may reconstruct the scene, but in some instances, unexplained accidents may simply be imputed to a driver’s negligence. 

Can a manufacturer be liable for a car accident?

Driver negligence is a big contributor to many motor vehicle accidents in New Jersey. Yet there may be other causes outside of a driver’s control. The product recall involving GM ignition switches is a recent example of a product defect that has caused injuries to many drivers. Although GM was not immediately forthright, it has subsequently issued a product recall and set up a settlement fund for accident victims.

Federal crash investigators cite truck driver's fatigue

One reason truck accidents can wreak large-scale devastation is the force generated by their sheer size. At high-speeds, vehicles that may weigh several tons can produce chain-collisions upon impact. The truck accident that injured actor Tracy Morgan is a prime example.

What happens when another's negligence results in head trauma?

Although a variety of accidents can result in brain injury, there may still be misunderstanding over the long-term effects of this type of injury. Indeed, as a personal injury law firm that has pursued compensation against a negligent party on behalf of brain injury victims, we understand that damage requests can vary greatly. The Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey maintains a website that provides some information to help with this confusion. 

What percentage of crashes are due to driver negligence?

Although driver negligence contributes to many motor vehicle accidents, the cause can sometimes be in a faulty product. The recall involving around 2.6 million General Motors' vehicles with faulty ignition switches is a recent example. 

Can early settlement offers in wrongful death litigation be fair?

Readers of this personal injury blog may appreciate some of the challenges that a plaintiff may face in convincing a jury that another driver was negligent. If the allegation were distracted driving, a subpoena of phone records might reveal whether the defendant was using his or her cell phone at the time of the crash. If the car was not equipped with hands-free technology, a presumption of distraction might attach.

Is speeding a significant cause of truck accidents?

As a law firm that focuses on personal injury claims, we have firsthand knowledge of the harm that can come from driver fatigue. Commercial truck drivers, in particular, may be at risk for drowsiness behind the wheel because of their work schedules. Although federal regulations impose some limitations on hours worked, at least one New Jersey lawmaker is calling for additional trucking safety legislation. 

Problems with self-driving cars will always be there

Much like winter in "Game of Thrones," self-driving cars are coming. Actually, they're already here, albeit in a probationary phase that is meant for testing and alterations. Still, the fact that there are self-driving cars out there signals we aren't that far off, relatively speaking, from a world where ever car is driven by robots and GPS devices. Whether this will decrease car accidents (the most likely outcome) or turn the roads into utter robotic chaos has yet to be seen.

Stay safe on the roads this Fourth of July weekend

Fourth of July weekend, which is in just a few short days, is one of the busiest times of the year for highway travel. Additionally, drunk driving tends to be a major problem over the Fourth. For these reasons, safety officials are urging drivers to be extra careful on the roads over the holiday weekend.

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