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Car crashes can lead to serious injuries, including whiplash

A car accident can happen in a split-second. While some car crashes in New Jersey are minor, perhaps only causing some property damage, other auto accidents result in serious injuries to those involved. Some of these injuries may include head injuries, concussions, broken bones and spinal cord injuries. One common injury a person can suffer in a car accident is whiplash.

Whiplash is a soft-tissue injury that occurs when a person's head is violently jerked back and forth. This injury is especially common if a person is in a vehicle that is rear-ended. Whiplash can occur even in low-speed crashes.

4 common motorcycle wrecks and tips for avoiding them

Now that riding season is here, it is also the time for motorcycle accidents to become a problem again here in New Jersey. Even experienced riders could use a refresher about what to do when an irresponsible car or truck driver puts them in a dangerous situation and life-changing injuries seem imminent.

Here are four of the most common car- or truck-caused motorcycle wrecks and how to avoid them:

Who can be held liable for a New Jersey bus accident?

Not everyone in New Jersey owns a car, or even wants to drive on our state's congested streets and highways. Some people prefer to take the bus to get from point A to point B. Sometimes these bus trips are short commutes across town, while other times they are longer journeys from New Jersey to another state. And, school buses and tour buses also make an appearance in New Jersey.

However, buses are large vehicles and, like commercial trucks, can cause significant damage to passengers and other motorists should they cause a commercial vehicle accident. Victims of such accidents can suffer substantial injuries. Thus, it is important to understand who can be held responsible for bus accidents.

Helmet use and motorcycle accident lawsuits

Spring is here, and as the weather continues to warm up more motorcyclists in New Jersey will be taking to the road on their bikes. Safety is an important issue when it comes to riding motorcycles, and one of the best precautions a biker can take is to wear a helmet.

Motorcycle helmets can prevent head injuries if the biker is thrown from his or her vehicle in a crash. It is well-known that motorcycle accidents can be very serious, as a motorcycle does not offer riders the same safety features such as air bags and crumple zones that automobiles provide. Moreover, the size disparity between an automobile and a motorcycle generally means the motorcyclist will come off worse for wear in a motor vehicle accident.

Auto-pedestrian accidents could lead to a wrongful death claim

According to data from the Governors Highway Safety Association, the number of pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. is the highest it has been in 28 years, with over 6,200 auto-pedestrian crash fatalities in 2018. This is significant, as many people in New Jersey prefer to walk to their destinations, rather than drive. Unfortunately, many times the streets are not safe for pedestrians.

Since 2008, the number of pedestrian fatalities has grown 35 percent. There are several possible reasons why this is happening. According to some, an increase in the popularity of SUVs and pick-up trucks has led to more auto-pedestrian accidents, as these vehicles' high profile makes seeing pedestrians more difficult, and their large size means a collision will likely result in more damages than the same collision caused by a smaller vehicle would. Distracted driving in the form of cellphone use and drowsy driving can also contribute to the increase in pedestrian accidents.

What types of damages can I seek in a wrongful death claim?

The loss of a loved one is never easy. Sometimes a loved one's death comes after a long illness or simply due to old age. However, sometimes a person's death is caused by the negligence of another, for example, due to an accident caused by a drunk driver. These deaths can be particularly difficult to bear, as they could have been prevented if the person responsible had not acted negligently. In such situations, the victim's loved ones may want to pursue a wrongful death claim through the New Jersey court system.

In general, the damages sought in a wrongful death claim are pecuniary in nature. Pecuniary means financial, and can include medical expenses, funeral costs, the lost prospect of an inheritance, the loss of financial support and the loss of services. The deceased individual's age, health, earning capacity and life expectancy may be considered when calculating pecuniary damages.

We help those injured in commercial vehicle accidents

It is easy to see why a collision in New Jersey involving a large commercial vehicle such as a semi-truck can cause catastrophic damage. After all, these trucks can weigh upwards of 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. Such a massive vehicle has the laws of physics on its side in an accident, and can easily total a standard automobile, injuring or killing those inside.

However, even smaller commercial vehicles such as delivery trucks, utility trucks and messenger service vehicles can cause significant damage when involved in a commercial vehicle accident. Therefore, it is up to drivers of commercial vehicles, large and small, to operate their vehicles in a safe manner. If they don't and cause a crash, those injured in the crash or the victim's survivors if the victim dies may want to pursue a personal injury claim.

Are fatal truck accidents becoming more common?

All motorists in New Jersey must drive with due care, but this is especially true for those driving semi-trucks. This is because, when it comes to truck accidents, a standard 2,000-pound automobile is simply no match for an 80,000-pound fully loaded semi-truck. And, unfortunately, these types of accidents seem to be becoming more common.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that in 2016 there was a 2 percent uptick across the U.S. in fatal motor vehicle accidents involving large trucks and buses compared to 2015. In 2016, 4,440 large trucks and buses were involved in accidents that resulted in death. However, this number is 15 percent lower than it was in 2005, the peak year for deadly large truck and bus collisions, when 5,231 large trucks and buses were involved in deadly accidents.

Common reasons that can cause a motorcycle accident

There is something about riding a motorcycle that draws many people to travel via two wheels instead of four. Whether it be the freedom of not being trapped in a car or just having the wind hitting your face, the popularity of motorcycles continues to grow. Unfortunately, riding a motorcycle does not afford you the same protections a car or truck can provide when it comes to safety. In addition, a motorcycle navigating the roads with other vehicles can often be deadly.

If you are a motorcycle rider, the statistics about motorcycle safety can be grim. Motorcyclists are 27 more times as likely to die in a crash than occupants in a car and 5 times more likely to be injured. These numbers do not mean you should stop riding your motorcycle, but you should at least get a better understanding of what causes the numbers to be so high. By knowing the most common reasons that cause motorcycle accidents, it may allow you to be more attentive and safe while out riding.

Spinal cord injuries can cost millions over one's lifetime

Sometimes it is easy to take our good health for granted. However, accidents happen every day in New Jersey that could lead to serious injuries such as spinal cord injuries. Whether it is sustained in a car crash, falling on a slippery floor or due to a sporting accident, a spinal cord injury can affect a person's health and well-being for the rest of their life. According to data from the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, a person with a spinal cord injury can expect to incur a million dollars or more in expenses over the course of their lifetime.

The amount of lifetime expenses incurred depends on the type of spinal cord injury. If a person suffers high tetraplegia at age 25, they can expect to incur around $4.7 million in expenses or almost $2.6 million in expenses at age 50. A person with low tetraplegia at age 25 can expect to incur approximately $3.5 million in expenses or just over $2.1 million in expenses at age 50.

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