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  • Investigation Finds Dozens of Missing Traffic Signs on New Jersey Highways

    During an investigation of highways in New Jersey, NBC4 New York’s I-Team found that dozens of traffic signs were missing from and/or misplaced on intersections and ramps on some of the state’s busiest highways. Some of the locations in question include Routes 9 & 35, 1 & 9, 46, 4 and 80. “There can’t be ambiguous thoughts in someone’s mind. Can I go here or can I not?” said Bergen County Sheriff ...
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  • State Troopers Are Using Data Analysis to Improve Road Safety

    Analyzing data has produced incredible results in recent years, most notably in revolutionizing sports like baseball and basketball . Some state troopers and highway patrol officers have taken to introducing this type of research and analysis into saving people’s lives. In a recent article published on Huffington Post , then Sgt. Anthony Griffin of the Tennessee Highway Patrol recounted his ...
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  • Man Killed In Nighttime Crash With Bus

    A man was seriously injured in a crash with a Suburban Coach commuter bus a little bit before 7 p.m. on Monday, February 6. He later died from his injuries after being taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for treatment. According to East Brunswick police, the man was driving in the center lane on Route 18 South near Eggers Street in East Brunswick, NJ. As he merged into the right lane ...
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  • Can I Reinstate My Lapsed Insurance on the Day of An Accident?

    No, you cannot reinstate after an accident. And trying to do so just won’t work. Maintaining auto insurance is more than just important – under New Jersey law, it’s illegal to drive without insurance . Driving while uninsured can lead to fines, the suspension of your driver’s license or registration and jail time. These are all serious consequences that are easily avoided by keeping your insurance ...
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  • Tips To Help You Stay Safe on the Roads This Holiday Season

    The holiday season is in full swing and for many of us who live in colder climates, that means figuring out how to navigate the snowy and icy roads that we need to travel on to see our loved ones who don’t live under the same roof. The Federal Highway Administration (FHA), part of the United States Department of Transportation, reports that over 116,800 people are injured in crashes that take ...
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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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