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  • How Do New Jersey Drivers Stack Up Nationally?

    According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it turns out they’re near the bottom of the list. The NHTSA reported more than 32,000 deaths from vehicle-related incidents in 2014 [1] , and New Jersey is responsible for more than its fair share of those fatalities. According to the research, New Jersey has the second most deaths per driver in the United States at ...
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  • What Is The Difference Between Auto Insurance Policies?

    Before buying or renewing your auto insurance policy, it’s important to consider a variety of factors, including whether or not your health insurance plan covers injuries sustained in auto accidents, the kind of coverage you may need, and how much you can afford to pay. The majority of drivers in New Jersey choose the Standard Auto Insurance Policy which provides a variety of coverage options, as ...
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  • "Pokemon Go" Raises Distracted Driving Concerns

    Amidst the Pokemon Go phenomenon that is sweeping the nation, many safety advocates have voiced concerns over driver and pedestrian distraction. Almost as fast as Pokemon Go permeated the cultural landscape did safety officials begin issuing warnings citing safety concerns. The free application is available to anyone with a smart phone. To succeed at the game, players travel around their city ...
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  • What Is The Automobile Insurance Cost Reduction Act And How Does It Affect Me?

    If you live in New Jersey and own an automobile, The Automobile Insurance Cost Reduction Act affects you! Here’s what you need to know. It may be hard to imagine, but choices you make on your insurance can affect your rights to recover if you are involved in an accident and injured, even though the accident is someone else’s fault! The Act also makes your own insurance responsible for medical ...
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  • Teen Crashes After Allegedly Playing with Snapchat Filter

    While social media popularity rises, so do the potential risks for drivers being distracted on the road. This may have been the case in the most recent accident when a teen was allegedly playing with the “speed” filter on Snapchat before a collision. According to reports, the teen girl and three of her friends were driving when the driver opened the Snapchat app. She was allegedly snapping photos ...
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  • Warmer Weather Signals Rise in Motorcycle Accidents

    With the arrival of spring, more New Jersey citizens are venturing outdoors. This includes more motorcyclists. April offers ideal weather to ride a motorbike. Unfortunately, because more motorcyclists are on the road, they are at a greater risk for accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asserts motorcyclists are 26 times more likely than car passengers to die in a motor ...
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  • Distracted Driving Statistics

    Distracted driving occurs when the driver takes their eyes off the road for any reason. Inattention to the road and the environment places the vehicle’s occupants, other drivers, and pedestrians at risk for serious injuries. Common types of distraction include texting, using an electronic device, eating, grooming, talking to passengers, adjusting radio, or talking to the passenger. In their recent ...
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  • Attorney David Wheaton Prevails in Title 59 New Jersey Tort Claims Act Case On Appeal!

    Attorney David Wheaton of Levinson Axelrod, P.A. represented the plaintiff-appellant in a Title 59 case (claims against public entities), succeeding in obtaining a reversal of the lower court’s judgment after his oral argument on March 2, 2016 (Docket No. A-0102-14T4). The case was filed against Ocean County Ride and the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders after one of their bus drivers ...
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  • Attorney Todd Wachtel Participates in "Every 15 Minutes" Program

    On April 14, 2016, Todd Wachtel, Esq. , a partner of our Hillsborough office participated in the “Every 15 Minutes” program through the Hillsborough High School. This program is designed to educate high school seniors about the devastating effects of drunk driving, and reenacted all stages of a horrible accident caused by a drunk driver. The students, with help from the local community, reenacted ...
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  • Dos and Don’ts After a Car Accident in New Jersey

    Car accidents can be traumatizing events. What you do in the minutes, hours, and days after the incident can affect the outcome of your case. Often, we see injured individuals accidentally sabotage their personal injury case. To help prevent you from doing the same, we have listed common dos and don’ts after an auto accident. Things to Do After a Car Accident The moments after a car accident can ...
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  • Dangerous Roadways to Avoid in New Jersey

    New Jersey’s beauty and appeal are undeniable, causing many tourists to travel to the small state. However, whether you are new to town or have lived here for decades, there are certain highways that you should drive on with caution. The New Jersey Department of Transportation estimates that, on average, there are 290,212 car accidents and 521 fatalities in a year. Many of these serious accidents ...
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  • Google Self-Driving Vehicle Responsible in Accident?

    According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, a self-driving Lexus RX450h collided with a municipal bus in Mountain View. The accident report claims that the self-driving vehicle was merging back in traffic to avoid sandbags blocking a storm drain. The assumption of the vehicle, which was traveling 2 miles per hour, was that the bus, traveling 15 miles per hour, would stop or slow down ...
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  • What You Need to Know About Black Ice

    Biting cold laces the air, snow falls blanketing the state in white powder, and the roads glisten with freezing ice. It can only mean one thing. It is winter in New Jersey. With the constant flurry of snow and wind chills coming in, it can be difficult to commute and navigate in the state. Driving in particular seems almost impossible. Black ice is one of the primary causes. Ice on the road makes ...
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  • $1.2 Million Injury Settlement for Ocean County Man

    The New Jersey personal injury lawyers at Levinson Axelrod, P.A. recently won a $1.2 million settlement on behalf of an Ocean County man who was injured when rear-ended by a dump truck. While stopped in traffic, our client, an Ocean County man, was injured as a result of being rear ended by a dump truck. The plaintiff was receiving treatment for a prior neck problem at the time of the collision, ...
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  • Icy Roads Lead to Many Crashes in New Jersey

    Meteorologists predict that New Jersey will experience cold winter storms. The freezing temperatures and snow are already settling throughout the state. This is cause for concern for all of the commuters. The roads are even more dangerous than they were before. It is the responsibility of the drivers to maneuver carefully over the icy streets. Unfortunately, there have been many crashes already, ...
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  • New Jersey Drivers May Be Breaking the Law After Winter Storm

    New Jersey residents are up this Monday morning still reeling from a huge winter storm that pushed the limits of snowfall records. While everyone goes out to their vehicles to get ready for their commute, they should be aware of the law. If they don’t clean the snow off of their vehicles correctly, drivers may face a $75 fine and state troopers are on the lookout. Because of the many dangers that ...
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  • Stay Alert While Driving: It's a Life or Death Issue

    According to New Jersey Police, driver inattention is the number one cause of fatal collisions, surpassing both speeding and intoxication. Staying alert could mean the difference between life and death for New Jersey drivers, says state police. According to fatal crash data from 2014, driver inattention was the number one cause of accidents resulting in fatalities. Drunk driving often gets most of ...
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  • Make Sure your Kids Wear their Bicycle Helmets

    Bicycle riding is a fun recreational activity that can be enjoyed by young and old alike. Unfortunately, many kids do not wear a helmet while riding their bikes because they think that they don’t look cool and will be teased by their friends if they wear a helmet or because it is uncomfortable. This can have tragic consequences to a young life. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...
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  • If I Get Injured on Public Property, Do I Have to Notify Someone of the Claim or Be Barred?

    Yes. The recent Appellate Court decision in Swaminathan v. State of New Jersey (2015) reminds us of the extremely strict notice requirements on the New Jersey Tort Claims Act (“TCA”). The TCA requires that persons who have claims against public entities meaning the State, county, municipality, district, public authority or agency and any other political subdivision or public body in the State and ...
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  • How Can I Get Paid When I Am Out of Work Due to a Motor Vehicle Crash?

    Following serious trauma like an auto accident, many doctors are understandably hesitant to release injured patients back to work right away. This creates a dilemma for many wage-earning workers, particularly those who are non-salary and do not have any short-term disability benefits through their employer. Thankfully, many auto policies in New Jersey carry a type of coverage known as Income ...
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  • The Appellate Division Provides Clarity to the Good Faith Immunity in Caicedo v. Caicedo

    When you are injured as a result of the negligence of an employee of a State, county, or municipal entity or agency, your claim for personal injuries is governed by the New Jersey Tort Claims Act. The Tort Claims Act provides public entities and their employees with various immunities that relieve them of liability for their negligent acts and omissions. One such immunity provision that is set ...
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  • PIP Covers More Than Just Medical Bills

    Anyone who has been through the ordeal of being injured in an auto accident is probably familiar with Personal Injury Protection (“PIP”) benefits. In New Jersey, your own insurance company is likely responsible for your medical bills, regardless of who caused the accident. What many victims may not realize is that their auto insurance may also cover the costs of medical devices, medications and ...
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  • Consequences of Not Properly Insuring Your Vehicle

    Every owner or registered owner of a motor vehicle that is either registered or principally garaged in New Jersey is required to maintain insurance that provides liability coverage, uninsured motorist benefits, and personal injury protection benefits. There are various fines and penalties that may be imposed for failing to maintain this required insurance. Many people are aware of the penalties ...
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  • Some Motorists Are Operating On Our Roads With Little Or No Liability Coverage

    Most people are familiar with the liability coverage of their motor vehicle insurance policy. Liability coverage protects other motorists who suffer damages in an accident that you cause. BE AWARE that not all policies contain liability coverage and if they do, that coverage can vary greatly. For instance, you could be hit by someone who has what is called a basic policy which has only $15,000 in ...
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  • New Jersey Appellate Division Rules that Limo Diver is an Independent Contractor

    To have a Worker’s Compensation claim in New Jersey, an injured worker must show that their significant and permanent injuries arose from the course of their employment. One of the defenses to Worker’s Compensation is that the injured worker was an independent contractor, and thus, the employer is not responsible for their injuries. The New Jersey Appellate Division recently ruled in a case named ...
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