Archive for February, 2017

Your Accident Should Not Be Just A Statistic – Talk to an Injury Attorney

By Andrew M. Rockman

Monday, February 13th, 2017

An accident today, whether in an auto, from a bad product, or dangerous conditions on someone’s property, get played out on a different stage from not too many years in the past. Changes in laws threaten the injured person and his or her injury attorney with becoming a category or statistic, rather than the individual human being you are, with your story, your life and your needs.

The art of representation means identifying your individuality and what your diagnosis and your injury means, and will mean to you, and sometimes, to your loved ones. Legislation and insurance policies try to categorize and depersonalize. Your injury attorney needs to learn who you are so that it is the “you” in you that is presented and appreciated.

In part, the doctor who is to help present and describe what happened to you, has to be made aware, you are not a diagnosis, but rather a unique person with that diagnosis and its impact on the “you” in you. This is part of the art of having you and your case understood for what it means to you, with the explanation of needed witnesses, who know you are not a category, but a person.

That is who you want representing you, above being just a case, a statistic, or a “typical diagnosis”. You are not typical. You are you and you should seek an injury attorney who gets that, so that those who are responsible for compensating you get that.

“I Was Just Involved in a Car Accident – What do I do Now?”

By Bhaveen Jani

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

If you have ever been involved in a car accident, it can be a really terrifying experience and one where you may not be in the right frame of mind to make quick and necessary decisions. However, if you follow these simple instructions you can mitigate your damages and also ensure that you are fully protected.

It is important that you stay at the scene until you have been instructed to do so by the police. If you are involved in a car accident and if it is your fault, you can be susceptible to criminal penalties as a potential hit and run driver. As soon as an accident occurs, check on the well being of your passengers along with yourself. Of course, pain and injuries may not manifest at this point due to adrenaline but check for any cuts and bruises. After you have made sure everyone is safe, call 911. If you are uncertain on the property damage or who was at fault do not engage the other driver or come to an “agreement,” it is very important to call the police because the police report will be the objective evidence of fault and liability.

After you have called the police, you can exchange information with the other driver. The pertinent information to exchange includes: names, numbers, addresses, drivers’ license numbers, license plate numbers and basic insurance information. If there are passengers try and obtain their information as well. At this juncture, it is very important to not admit fault or apologize at the accident scene. You can be polite but do not admit anything! This is crucial because anything you say at this point can be used against you in a subsequent civil proceeding. While at the scene, try and also identify any witnesses and take down their names, numbers and addresses as well.

At this point, it is important to take pictures of the accident scene. Take pictures of your car and the other car involved. If you suffered bruises or cuts take pictures of those injuries as well.

After the accident and after you speak to the authorities, inform your insurance company of the accident. It is important to be honest with them and tell them your account of what occurred. Next, it is important to keep track of your medical treatment. If you are any of your passengers feel any sort of pain from the accident at the scene, inform the police officer to call an ambulance. It is important to seek medical treatment and go to the ER. With respect to medical treatment, pain symptoms from car accidents can manifest a day or two after the accident. When you experience pain go to the ER.

If you do seek medical attention, it is important to keep track of the various treaters and also the medication you received. If you lost time from work, keep track of those days as well.

Do not talk to anyone about the accident other than your injury attorney, the police, and your insurance company. If an agent from the other insurance company calls you, be polite and simply refer them to your attorney.

Be weary of early settlement offers. It is important to consult with an injury attorney to analyze your case with respect to property damage and medical treatment rendered. An attorney can help best maximize the value of your case. If settlement cannot be achieved in New Jersey, you have two (2) years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit.

The injury attorneys at PELLETTIERI, RABSTEIN & ALTMAN are extremely experienced in representing victims of motor vehicle accidents. Our office provides free initial consultations and a contingency fee, so you do not have to pay anything unless we secure a settlement or a verdict.

Injuries Due To Trucks’ Tire Debris

By Thomas R. Smith

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Tire debris from a tractor trailer traveling on Route 1 North, near Princeton, caused a motorist, who was trying to avoid the debris, to lose control of his car, swerve off the road, and into several trees – ultimately causing his death. Trucks, often referred to as “18 wheelers”, use tires much larger then used by the average automobile. When those tires fail, they are prone to cause major damage either by a direct strike, or due to the evasive action the driver must take to avoid the debris.

Many tractor-trailers use retread tires as a cost saving measure. Retreads are permitted on trucks with the exception of the front tires. Used or worn tires are fitted with a cap, or a piece of a new tread, over the worn area of the tire. When a retread fails, the tire shatters, sending tire pieces in different directions, often at unsuspecting vehicles. It is not unusual to travel on a highway and see pieces of a retread tire laying in, or on the side of, the road. Those pieces are heavy, can separate from the tire at very high speeds, and create dangerous and hazardous situations for other motorists, often times causing significant property damage or serious personal injuries.

Tractor trailer drivers must follow strict guidelines and regulations to inspect tires before operating the vehicle. Tires are to be visibly and physically inspected to ensure they are inflated properly and the treads are of a minimum depth. Tires that don’t meet those standards create an increased risk of failure, and consequently property damage, personal injuries, and unfortunately, wrongful death.

If you or someone you know has been injured due to tire from a tractor trailer that fails, contact a truck accident attorney experienced in handling cases against trucking companies to learn and protect your legal rights.