When you have been hurt in a motor vehicle accident, one of the first things you need to consider is how your medical bills will be paid. In New Jersey, there are a couple ways this can be handled, based on the type of automobile insurance policy you purchase.
Most people think that distracted driving is limited to driving while texting, but it takes many other forms as well-putting a CD in the stereo, trying to break up a fight in the backseat, or simply watching the scenery, rather than the road. The bulk of accidents involving distracted drivers, though, involve the use of handheld devices. According to a U.S. Department of Transportation website-www.distraction.gov-nearly 700,000 drivers may be texting, talking or looking up something on a handheld device at any given moment.
In many insurance policies in New Jersey, there's a dispute resolution clause that says, essentially, that you can choose to file a complaint in Superior Court, or you can choose to have your dispute resolved by Forthright, the administrative agency set up to settle disputes regarding PIP, or Personal Injury Protection, benefits.
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident involving a commercial truck, such as a 18-wheeler, tractor-trailer or semi, the process for obtaining compensation for all your losses will look similar to a car accident claim, but may also have substantial differences.
OFFICIALS FEAR DRAMATIC RISE IN MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS
Gas prices have dipped below $2.00 a gallon in many communities across the country, the lowest they have been in more than five years. Another statistic that has government officials worried, though-the last time gas prices were this cheap, there was also a dramatic increase in the number of motor vehicle accidents nationwide. Before the plummeting of gas prices in 2009, officials had seen more than four consecutive years of declining rates of death and injury in motor vehicle accidents. Throughout the time prices remained low (2008-2009), accident rates remained high. As soon as fuel prices went back up, accident rates dropped precipitously.
The Common Types of Injuries Suffered in Pedestrian Accidents
An on-duty NJPD officer clocking for speeders was killed last month when a tractor-trailer vehicle rear-ended his parked car on a highway shoulder, without attempting to stop prior to the impact - according to the roadway evidence at the scene. At the time of his death, Officer Christopher Goodell, 32, was the second officer to perish within the line of duty that month, said prosecutors.
Long-term consequences of a traumatic brain injury are not always obvious in the weeks and months following a serious car, truck, motorcycle or pedestrian accident. Depending on the area of the brain injured and the severity of the injury, people experiencing traumatic brain injury often suffer from memory loss, chronic headaches, loss of the senses of taste and smell, cognitive impairment, loss of dexterity, and increased risk for certain kinds of neurological disorders. As a result, people suffering from traumatic brain injury often need intense physical therapy, in-home nursing care, various kinds of medical equipment and even surgery. That's why it's important in traumatic brain injury cases to demand compensation proportional to the financial impact of the injuries involved.
When you work in construction, you are constantly surrounded by delivery trucks, heavy equipment, and other vehicles. But you can also sustain injuries in a work-related motor vehicle accident if you work behind a desk most of the time. Anytime you travel for work, even if it's just to get supplies or attend a cross-town meeting, you are at risk of injury in a car or truck accident. When you do suffer injuries in a job-related crash, you want to take all appropriate measures to pursue full and fair compensation.
Though the weight restrictions on commercial vehicles vary from state to state, under federal guidelines, a semi or 18-wheeler can carry up to 80,000 pounds. When a truck carrying that much weight collides with a passenger vehicle, the consequences can be devastating. Unfortunately, it happens way too often, and for a variety of reasons.