Recent Posts in Car Accidents Category

  • Why the Summer is a Dangerous Time for Children

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    9 Jun. 2017

    Whether your absolute favorite season is the summer, fall, winter, or spring, many people agree that the summer is one of the best times of the year. During the summer, the days are longer, the weather is warm and the sun is shining virtually all season long. For most of us, the summer means things like vacation, suntans, sleeping in, and visiting family in distant places. Unfortunately, there is ...
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  • Personal Injury Claim: Top Mistakes Made After an Accident

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    1 Jun. 2017

    While a car accident can be emotionally overwhelming, there are several important things you need to take care of right away. If you fail to perform certain actions following the collision, you may ruin your chances of getting the personal injury compensation you deserve or healing properly. The following are the most common mistakes made after a car crash: Saying you’re “okay” ...
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  • Are Hands-Free Devices "Safer" While Driving?

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    25 May. 2017

    Approximately 80% of drivers in the United States believe that hands-free devices are safer than using a handheld one, according to a public opinion poll by the National Safety Council. But the evidence suggests otherwise. Over 30 studies show hands-free devices are no safer than handheld as the brain remain distracted. The prevailing issue is that drivers who elect to use hands-free devices are ...
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  • Does New Jersey Allow Cellphone Use While Driving?

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    4 May. 2017

    New Jersey prohibits texting and the use of handheld cellphones for all drivers. Furthermore, novice (those who are under 21 years of age) drivers are prohibited from all cellphone use. Effective July 1, 2014, the fines for talking or texting on a hand-held wireless communications device is between $200 and $400 for first-time offenders. Second-time offenders will face an increased fine ranging ...
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  • Teen Driver Accidents: Top Mistakes New Drivers Make

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    27 Apr. 2017

    Teens who obtain their driver’s license are just learning the rules of the road upon operating their vehicles. Unfortunately, they often make more mistakes than most drivers. Understanding what types of driving mistakes a teen driver most likely make can reduce your chances of experiencing a car accident involving young motorists. For teen drivers, knowing the common mistakes can reduce your ...
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  • Should I Sign the Medical Authorization Release?

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    19 Apr. 2017

    Suppose you were recently injured in a car accident in New Jersey. Soon, you can expect to receive paperwork in the mail from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Included in these documents is a paper titled “release” or “authorization,” and it will have a spot for your signature. What does this form do, and should you sign it? This authorization or release is ...
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  • How Long Does Whiplash Last?

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    12 Apr. 2017

    One of the most common injuries a person can suffer in a car accident is whiplash. This type of injury occurs when the head is jolted forward and snaps back or even severe sideways movements, damaging tendons and ligaments located in the neck. Common symptoms of a whiplash injury include: Neck pain and stiffness Loss of range of motion with neck movement Tenderness or pain in upper back, shoulder, ...
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  • What Should I Ask My Doctor After a Car Accident?

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    5 Apr. 2017

    Whether you suffered minor injuries or more serious ones, one of the most important things to do immediately after a car accident is to see a doctor. Sometimes symptoms of certain injuries are not immediately apparent and may become worse over time. When you come in for a visit, it is in your best interest to tell your doctor everything about the accident, as well as ask him or her questions ...
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  • Fundamentals of a Personal Injury Claim in NJ

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    22 Mar. 2017

    Were you recently injured in an accident that was not your fault in Hackensack, or anywhere else in New Jersey? If so, you may have grounds to file a personal injury claim for compensation. Personal injury claims are based on the theory of “ negligence,” which simply refers to careless or reckless behavior. When an individual or entity, such as a business, fails to exercise the ...
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  • Hit By a Distracted Driver? Here's What You Should Do Next

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    22 Feb. 2017

    The dangers of distracted driving may be well known, but rarely a day goes by when you can look at other drivers on the roadway and not see someone who is distracted or engaged in a task that is something other than operating a motor vehicle. Because distracted driving remains a problem that injures and kills thousands of Americans each year, it is important to know what to do when you have been ...
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  • Drugged Driving Accidents in New Jersey

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    17 Feb. 2017

    Most adults in the United States are well-aware of the dangers of drunk driving. After all, they learned about it in high school, and they’ve heard about it most their life from campaigns from local, state, and federal agencies, and organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving. What many people do not realize is that America is facing another deadly epidemic – drugged driving. ...
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  • Are Police Reports Necessary?

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    27 Sep. 2016

    When two or more people are involved in an automobile accident, sometimes they won’t be sure if they want to call the police. They may not be certain if a police report is necessary or legally required, or one of the drivers may be hiding something, such as a suspended or revoked license, expired registration tags, or the fact that they’re driving without insurance. If you’re ...
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  • Why Personal Injury Claims Settle Out of Court

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    25 Jul. 2016

    When you are injured in an accident, for example, in a motor vehicle accident, or on a construction site, or from a dangerous and defective product, you could face hefty medical bills, surgery costs, lost income, and future medical expenses. If you were in a serious car accident, your car could have been totaled, with a replacement value of $20,000 or even more. No matter how or where you were ...
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  • Determining Fault in a Car Accident Claim

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    13 Jul. 2016

    When people are involved in car accidents, it's not uncommon for them to immediately point the finger at the other driver. The question is, how is fault determined in a car accident claim? In order to determine who the "at fault" driver is, it is important to look at the circumstances of how that particular car accident played out. Sometimes; for example, in the case of someone ...
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  • These New Jersey Counties Have the Most Fatal Car Crashes This Year

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    7 Jun. 2016

    The first five months of this year have seen a 9.5 percent increase in traffic fatalities over the same period last year, according to New Jersey police. Here’s the breakdown of the top five counties with the most traffic fatalities: Middlesex County: 19 fatalities Monmouth County: 18 fatalities Essex County: 18 fatalities Ocean County: 15 fatalities Gloucester County: 15 fatalities What is ...
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  • How Do I Seek Damages After a Hit & Run Accident?

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    3 Jun. 2016

    Being involved in a car accident can be a very physically and emotionally painful experience. In cases where your accident was caused by a hit and run driver you may be asking yourself, "Who is going to pay to repair my vehicle? How do I seek damages to cover the costs of my injuries?" Without that knowledge, you will not be able to file a claim with his or her insurance company or file ...
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  • Filing a Third Party Claim After a Car Accident

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    3 Aug. 2015

    Were you recently involved in an auto accident ? If so, it's important for you to understand the difference between first party claims and third party claims in New Jersey. If your vehicle was damaged in an auto accident with another car, you have a choice between filing a claim with your own auto insurance carrier (a first party claim), or with the other driver's insurance company (a ...
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  • Can I File a Claim if My Child Was Injured?

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    6 Jul. 2015

    As a parent, you want to do everything possible to keep your child safe. While you take measures at home to protect your child; for example, you cook on the back burner to avoid burns, you mop up slick surfaces to avoid falls, and you install outlet covers to avoid electrocution, once your child steps outside the front door, you can't totally keep them safe. We don't want our children to ...
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  • Understanding Whiplash Injuries

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    6 Apr. 2015

    If you were recently involved in a rear-end collision, there is a good chance that you have suffered from a "whiplash" injury. What is whiplash? It is a type of neck injury that is caused by the forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck. It earned its name because of the way the injury mimics the cracking of a whip. While whiplash most often occurs with a rear-end auto ...
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  • What Happens if the At-Fault Driver is Uninsured?

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    5 Mar. 2015

    If you live in New Jersey, you are required to carry auto insurance; however, auto insurance policies vary significantly. Drivers who fail to carry or maintain auto insurance coverage are breaking the law if they drive uninsured. Such drivers face fines, driver's license suspension or registration, and sometimes even incarceration. New Jersey drivers have the option of purchasing either a ...
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  • Why Should I Use a Seatbelt?

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    13 Jan. 2015

    Automobile manufacturers are constantly coming up with new and improved ways to increase the safety of passengers in motor vehicles. No matter what kinds of new safety devices are placed on the market, there is one piece of equipment in your car that has been around for decades and remains the most effective at keeping drivers and passengers safe. Since 1984, seatbelts have been required in every ...
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  • Halloween Safety Tips for Drivers

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    16 Oct. 2014

    The best part of October comes at the end of the month. Once Halloween arrives, it is only a short time before the November and December holidays are close. The excitement of Halloween may never fade as a person grows up, but young ones are especially joyful during this time. When driving on Halloween night, it is important to take extra precaution for the protection of all out for this spooky and ...
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  • What If The Other Driver Doesn't Have Insurance?

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    30 Sep. 2014

    Being involved in a car accident can be a very frightening experience. What can be even more terrifying is when you find out the at-fault driver doesn't have insurance. Who is going to pay for your medical treatment? How will your car get repaired? If you have sustained injury in a car accident and are worried about how your accident-related expenses will be paid as the other driver does not ...
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  • What If I Didn't See a Doctor After My Car Accident?

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    16 May. 2014

    If you have been injured in a car accident, yet you failed to seek medical attention afterwards, you are probably wondering how that is going to affect your claim. As the victim of a car accident caused by another person's negligence, carelessness or reckless abandon, you may be eligible to seek damages to cover past and future medical costs, vehicle repairs, loss of income or earning ...
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  • Three Roads in Bergen County on the Top 20 Most Dangerous Roads List

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    23 Dec. 2013

    The Point Pleasant Patch has recently identified New Jersey's 20 most dangerous roadways for the year of 2012. According to the article, the Patch used data from the New Jersey Department of Transportation to determine which roads had the highest number of crashes for every million miles traveled. A few roadways from Bergen County were on the list. These include the following: 2 nd ...
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