Atlantic City & Cape May Personal Injury Law Firm Newsletters

The Dangers of Driving While Distracted

Driver distraction results in deadly accidents on U.S. roadways every year. Studies show that driver distraction is the leading cause of motor vehicle crashes and near-crashes. In fact, according to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes involve driver distraction. When a distracted driver causes harm to you or your passengers or to your vehicle or other property, an experienced Atlantic City injury lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and pursue all remedies available under the law. Common Distractions Drivers can be distracted: Visually, when they are looking at something other than the road ahead Cognitively, when their mind is on something other than driving Manually, when they take their hands off the steering wheel According to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and VTTI, the most common distractions resulting in accidents are: Cell phone use Reaching…
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A Look at Intersection Safety

Thousands of Americans die in intersection-related car accidents every year. In fact, according to the Federal Highway Administration, 20.8 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2009 were intersection-related. If you suffered an injury in a New Jersey car accident, or if your loved one died in a fatal accident, an experienced Atlantic City injury attorney can help. Intersection Crashes According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), of the 5,811,000 traffic accidents that occurred in the U.S. during 2008, about 40 percent were intersection-related. Furthermore, the NHTSA reports that in 2009 there were 7,278 intersection-related traffic fatalities, and in 2010 there were 6,758. In an intersection crash causation study, the NHTSA found that “[o]f the 756,570 intersection-related crashes with driver-attributed critical reasons, the most frequent critical reasons were:” Inadequate surveillance (44.1 percent) False assumption of other’s action (8.4 percent) Turn with obstructed view (7.8 percent) Illegal maneuver (6.8 percent)…
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New Law Requires Four Feet Distance Between a Passing Vehicle and a “Vulnerable User”

New Jersey recently passed a new law requiring passing motorists to give four feet of clearance to any “vulnerable user,” which includes pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders, and people riding electric scooters. Twenty-three other states have already passed similar legislation in what seems to be a growing national trend towards recognizing the traffic rights of non-motorists. Assemblywoman Stender of Middlesex, New Jersey sponsored the bill. Hopefully, the bill will raise New Jersey’s ranking from the 12th most bike friendly state back to its previous position as seventh or higher. The drop in ranking was a result of taking so long to pass such a bill. How Can Motorists Appropriately Gauge a Safe Passing Distance? The bill uses four feet as the minimum passing distance because standard traffic lanes in New Jersey are 12 feet wide. Most other states have a minimum passing distance of three feet. New Jersey’s variation on the bill…
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Preventing Construction Site Falls

Each year in the United States, thousands of construction workers sustain fall-related injuries on the job, some of which are fatal. According to data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2010: There were 5.7 million construction workers nationwide Workers in the construction industry sustained around 202,100 nonfatal injuries 774 construction workers died from an occupational injury, the highest number of occupational deaths for all industries 264 construction workers died from fall injuries, the leading cause of occupational death in the industry When construction workers are seriously injured at work, they may be entitled to compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Moreover, when a construction worker dies in a work-related fall or other construction accident, his or her family may have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. A qualified Atlantic City injury attorney can review the specifics of your case to determine what…
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