Motor Vehicles Law Articles

Articles written by lawyers and expert witnesses worldwide
explaining the different aspects of Motor Vehicles.

Sleeping Pill Use Increases Car Accident Risk

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one-third of adults get less than the seven to nine hours of sleep typically needed by most people.

Parties of Interest in Wrongful Death Claims

The former Bruce (now Caitlyn) Jenner was involved in a fatal car accident on the Pacific Coast Highway last February.

New Child Car Seat Laws in New Jersey

The correct car seat for your child can be a lifesaver when installed and utilized accurately.

Insurance Games: The “Pre-Existing Condition” Argument

Mary Jo was injured in a crash, but the insurance company for the at-fault driver initially offered to cover less than half of her medical expenses due to her pre-existing conditions. The insurance company for the at-fault driver saw our client’s medical history as an opportunity to save themselves a few dollars. Luckily, she didn't fall for their tricks.

What Should I Do If I Have an Accident with an Uninsured Motorist?

If you are involved in an accident that is primarily caused by a motorist who was uninsured or underinsured, you may be able to file a claim with your own insurance company. Follow these steps to ensure that your legal rights are protected.

Insurance Company Not Responding to Car Accident Claim

In some instances, insurance companies may not properly respond to claims. They may delay in making payments or efficiently resolving the case. Sometimes there are legitimate reasons for this delay; sometimes there are not.

How Personal Injury Lawyers Help Accident Victims

When a person is injured because of the negligence of another party, personal injury lawyers may be retained by the victim. Many personal injury lawyers take accident cases on a contingency basis, which does not require a payment of legal services unless the case settles or the jury awards a verdict. Consider the following ways that personal injury lawyers may be able to help your case.

New Seat Laws in New Jersey

On May 7, 2015, Governor Chris Christie signed a bill into law that amended New Jersey’s child restraint law.

Auto Claims Process

Many drivers will be involved in a car accident at some point in their lives.

Understanding Lemon Laws

If you have a new car that does not work after repeated repairs, you may be entitled to compensation under lemon laws.

Risks of Mixing Driving with Sleeping Pills

From time to time many Americans will experience difficulty sleeping.

Expanded Recall for Takata Air Bags

With pressure from the Department of Transportation, Japanese supplier Takata Corporation has concluded that a defect exists in their air bag inflators, which has increased number of recalls to nearly 34 million.

What Steps You Should Take if You Have Been Injured in a Car Accident

No one ever thinks they will be the victim of an injury inducing car accident; however, every year over 2 million people are injured in car accidents in the United States. If you are the victim of a car accident, it can be scary and confusing trying to figure out the next steps you should take.

Can a Passenger in a Car Hit by an Uninsured Driver Get Uninsured Motorist (UM) Benefits?

If you suffered injuries in an accident caused by an uninsured driver, you may be able to recover compensation from an auto insurance policy’s uninsured motorist coverage, even if you are a passenger. Accessing that coverage may be more complicated for you than it will be for the driver of the vehicle you were riding in at the time of the accident.

Why You Need A Car Accident Lawyer

What you may not know after you have been involved in an accident is the it is not only your insurance companies job, but also the job of the responsible party's insurance company to give you the least possible amount of compensation for you property damages, injuries, wage loss, and any other associated expenses. You, like many other may not know the depth of costs the company is liable to cover after an accident. An experienced accident lawyer can help you get the settlement that you deserve.

New Car Seat Law in New Jersey

Many parents may be surprised to find out that they are not doing everything possible to keep their children protected from personal injury in a car accident.

Motor Vehicle Insurance in Pennsylvania

On June 30, 2015 the Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill, raising the minimum limit of motor vehicle liability insurance from $15,000.00 to $25,000.00.

Reckless Driving Towards Motorcyclist

An overwhelming majority of all motorcycle accidents involve a collision between a motorcycle and a car. In many of these accidents, it is motorist error or negligence that is the cause of the crash. There are several ways in which drivers may be reckless or careless, contributing to a motorcycle accident.

Registration and Licensing of Motor Vehicles Amendment Regulations in Malta

Before the introduction of the Registration and Licensing of Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Regulations, published on the 5th of June 2015, if an individual bought a car abroad and imported the car into Malta the law did not authorise the individual to use the car on the Maltese roads until the registration process was completed and until the Maltese number plates would have been obtained.

New Jersey Car Seat Laws Goes into Effect this September

It goes without saying that car seats keep infants and children safer in car accidents when they are installed and used properly.

New Jersey Car Seat Laws

In May, 2015 Governor Chris Christie signed new car seat safety legislation into law.

How Soon Must We Bring a Lawsuit on Behalf of Our Child?

If your child suffered injuries in an accident or an instance of medical malpractice, you know how important it is to get the help he or she needs. Protecting your child’s legal rights is just as crucial as securing the best medical care, especially if the injuries could have permanent implications for your child’s future. You may wonder when you need to make a decision about filing a claim or lawsuit on behalf of your child.

Does Motorcycle Insurance Coverage Have to Have Personal Injury Protection or PIP Coverage?

When people set up their insurance policies, they often have questions about what the different types of coverage mean and what options are best for them. The most common question we hear from motorcyclists is whether or not their motorcycle insurance policy is required include personal injury protection (PIP).

Can I Get a Hardship License after a DUI

DUI laws are determined on the state level. Some states allow drivers who have been convicted of a DUI to get limited driving privileges, which is often referred to as a hardship license. However, there may be several criteria that the individual may have to meet in order to obtain such a license.

Seasonal Increase in Teen Car Crashes

The period from Memorial Day to Labor Day also marks “The 100 Deadliest Days of Summer,” when the amount of car accidents involving teen drivers spikes dramatically. While studies show that in the last 20 years crashes involving teens have decreased by 51% overall, the incidence of car accidents occurring specifically in the summer months continues to rise.

Teen Drivers Present Risks to all Road Sharers

New teen drivers pose risks to everyone on the road due to inexperience and immaturity.

What Is a Dram Shop Claim?

It’s no secret that alcohol can impair judgment, especially when ingested in large quantities. When a bar, restaurant, or other establishment that provides alcohol knowingly serves a patron who is visibly intoxicated and the impaired patron causes an accident or injury, the establishment is legally responsible.

Can I Sue My Spouse?

In some circumstances, one spouse may consider suing his or her spouse for particularly egregious conduct. However, whether the spouse can bring a viable claim against his or her spouse depends on the nature of the behavior, the nature of the relationship, state law and the particular circumstances involved.

Seatbelts Save Lives in Car Accidents

Kim Kardashian may want for nothing in life, but fame and fortune are no guarantees of safety.

Benefits of Onboard Video Systems

Commercial vehicles, such as buses and tractor-trailers, often are equipped with onboard video systems that can be used to analyze circumstances leading up to a crash.

Expanded Airbag Recall

Being touted as one of the largest automotive recalls in history, 33.8 million automobiles with Japanese Takata airbags are being recalled across the United States, Europe, and Japan.

Moving a Vehicle after an Accident

Even a minor car accident can be extremely upsetting. It is important for drivers to remain calm and follow the law after being involved in a car accident. These important guidelines ensure compliance and protection for individuals involved in Philadelphia car accidents.

Fleeing and Eluding Offenses in Florida

In the State of Florida, fleeing and eluding a police officer is a felony offense that carries some harsh penalties, including a mandatory adjudication of guilt and a mandatory driver's license suspension, which can range from one to five years. This article outlines the proscribed conduct, the varying degrees of this particular offense, and its associated penalties.

Why a Traumatic Brain Injury Can Lead to Financial Ruin

Some auto accidents seemingly result in only damage to two or more vehicles and no injuries to the drivers or passengers. What is common, however, but not often acknowledged, is that plenty of car accidents also lead to traumatic brain injury (TBI). The force of two or more cars colliding can do plenty of unseen damage, the result of which could lead to a person’s financial ruin.

An American with a DUI: Can I Get into Canada?

Are you an American citizen who has been charged, tried, and convicted of a DUI? Do you have interests in travelling outside of the USA to your northern neighbor: Canada? Find out whether or not you can Enter Canada if you have been convicted of a DUI.

Car Hit on Private Property, Who is Liable?

When accidents occur on the road, we all know that the first thing you do is call the police to report the accident, exchange insurance information, and document the scene. But, what do you do when an accident occurs on private property? Who is liable, especially if the other driver leaves the scene?

What Should a Car Owner Know Before Negotiating with an Insurance Company When a Car Has Been Totaled?

If your insurance company informed you that your car has been totaled, you may wonder if you have any recourse to challenge this decision or if the amount they’re willing to give you is fair. Before you sign any kind of release, or even a check from the insurance company, you need to know what options you have.

Preventing Work-Related Distracted Driving Accidents

National studies have shown that the primary cause of death in the workplace is distracted driving. Distracted driving can be caused by drivers using a variety of hand-held or hands-free mobile devices.

Tracy Morgan Settles Lawsuit With Walmart

Walmart has reached a settlement agreement with Tracy Morgan in a lawsuit filed by Morgan after a Walmart truck crashed into his limo on the New Jersey Turnpike and left him with a traumatic brain injury (TBI.)

Truck Drivers Bear Responsibility for Crashes

Earlier this year, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) debuted a new public safety campaign intended to increase enforcement and safety awareness at railroad grade crossings.

The Dangers Of Drowsy Driving For Teenage Drivers

The physical state of being drowsy or tired can severely compromise a motorist’s ability to function efficiently and safely while driving.

Driving Safely Around Deer-Populated Areas

Did you know that a collision with some type of wildlife occurs, on average, every 39 minutes?

Keeping Your Teen Driver Safe

For most parents handing over the car keys to their teenager can be both a freeing experience, and a very scary one.

DUI Crash Statistics

In 2013, over 10,000 people in the U.S. were victims of fatal car accidents involving a driver who was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Safety For Teen Drivers

Obtaining a driver’s license is an exciting milestone for both the newly licensed teenager and their parents.

Educating Teens on the Dangers of Drowsy Driving

Individuals who drive while drowsy increase the risk of causing serious car accident injuries.

Used Car Does Not Run, What Can You Do?

Attorneys frequently receive questions regarding defective used cars. All too often, people purchase a used vehicle with verbal assurances that everything works fine and that it will be quite reliable, only to discover that neither is the case. What can you do when this happens to you?

Train Accident Cases

Cases involving train accidents and resulting injuries have a number of significant differences from other personal injury cases. By being aware of the following information, you can make a more informed decision about whether to pursue a train accident case.

Tips for Handling an Illinois Traffic Stop

We’ve all been there: felt the panic rise over us when we see flashing lights in our rearview mirror; felt the anxiety of getting pulled over even if we think we are doing nothing wrong. The truth is, most of us have been or will be pulled over for a traffic infraction at some point in our lives.

Illinois to Introduce Safe Phone Zones

Like it or not, cell phone use is a part of life in the 21st century. People use their phones for everything regardless of rules against their use in cars, public transportation, and certain public spaces like gyms, restaurants, and churches. Statistics have shown that driving a car while using a cell phone can cause accidents.

Distracted Driving Penalties Increase Under New Ontario law

If you’re prone to using your phone behind the wheel, you could end up driving yourself out of money. There will be a maximum $1K fine and three demerit points for drivers who text, email or talk on handheld phone

Dangers of Texting and Driving

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that nine Americans are killed every day in car accidents involving a driver distracted by an activity such as eating or using a cellphone.

Amtrak Derailment Victims Affected by Inadequate Compensation

After the Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia last month, the victims of the accident are beginning to seek compensation for their injuries.

Seven Important Questions for Your Personal Injury Attorney

There are thousands of personal injury attorneys available to assist victims who are injured in accidents that are caused by negligent individuals and entities. However, there are vast differences between lawyers. Before hiring a personal injury attorney, interview several and inquire about the following matters.

What Are the Elements of Negligence?

Every year, individuals are injured due to the negligent acts of others. These types of claims involve individuals who have been injured because of accidents. These accidents could have been prevented. A successful negligence lawsuit provides monetary recovery for the victim and punishes the careless person or entity responsible for the accident.

New Changes Under Bill 15 in Ontario

On November 20, 2014, Bill 15, titled the Fighting Fraud and Reducing Automobile Insurance Rates Act, 2014, received Royal Assent in the Ontario Provincial Parliament.

Bill 15, Fighting Fraud and Reducing Automobile Insurance Rates Act

Bill 15, entitled An Act to amend various statutes in the interest of reducing insurance fraud, enhancing tow and storage service and providing for other matters regarding vehicles and highways, S.O. 2014 C.9, (short title: Fighting Fraud and Reducing Automobile Insurance Rates Act, 2014), has recently received Royal Assent and will be coming into force in the Province of Ontario. This Act is divided into 5 schedules, each addressing a particular issue and amending related legislation.

Car Accident in Pennsylvania: At Fault Driver Does Not Have Insurance

If you were in a car accident in Pennsylvania and learn that the other driver at fault does not have insurance, can you still recover for your damages?

Dangers of Teen Drowsy Driving

Drowsy driving is one of the most significant traffic safety hazards American motorists face.

Texting Bans Effective in Reducing Car Accident Injuries

Nearly every state in America bans drivers from texting behind the wheel in effort to reduce distracted driving accident injuries.

High Speeds Cause Tire Failures

Over the last two decades, highway speed limits have been slowly increasing around the country, particularly in states west of the Mississippi.

Motorcyclists Encouraged to Wear Helmets

Because the weather is beautiful, more and more of our Harley-riding friends have taken to the streets and highways on their motorcycles.

Pennsylvania Police Work to Reduce Aggressive Driving

Recently, PennDOT participated in the National Work Zone Awareness week, a campaign aimed at increasing drivers’ awareness to the dangers facing road workers.

Recent DUI Statistics Reveal Ongoing Problem

DUI accidents are the most preventable type of car accidents; however statistics for DUI accidents remains shocking.

Motorcycle Helmets Save Lives

Advocates for motorcycle and highway safety feel that something must be done to develop and enforce stricter helmet laws across the country.

Pointers on Taking Accident Scene Pictures

If you are involved in an accident, being able to take pictures of the scene can make the difference between winning or losing your case. Photographs can help provide a more objective perspective to the case, whether the accident is a motor vehicle accident, a slip and fall injury or another type of injury.

What is a Salvage Title?

When scanning through ads for used cars, it is not uncommon to spot a few amazing deals that come with a small caveat: “salvage title.” What is a salvage title, how will it affect you as a buyer, and what rights and guarantees will you have if you decide to purchase such a vehicle?

Teen Safe Driving Summit Warns Against Distracted Driving

Educating teen drivers on the dangers of texting while driving is an invaluable lesson they need before they are driving independently.

Vision Zero for Traffic Accident Fatalities

US Cities are increasingly adopting an approach to traffic accidents, originally developed by engineers and safety experts at the Swedish Transportation Administration in 1997 called, “Vision Zero.”

Restrictions of Step-Down Provisions in New Jersey Insurance Policies

It is common for many New Jersey insurance holders to have only a basic understanding of their insurance policies, the benefits, and special or exclusionary provisions.

What Pictures Should I Take after a Motor Vehicle Accident?

After being involved in a motor vehicle accident, it is important that you or someone with you be able to establish an accurate depiction of the scene. This is so vital that many insurance companies included a disposable camera as one of the items in their emergency preparedness handouts to clients. Now, with the advent of modern technology, many people have cameras in their possession at a moment’s notice.

Truck Tires are Not Designed for High Speeds

Tires that are used on tractor-trailers are typically designed to handle a maximum speed of 75 mph.

Pedestrian Fatalities in New Jersey

There has been an overwhelming number of pedestrian deaths in New Jersey Shore communities in recent years.

Car Accidents Number One Cause for Teen Deaths

In the past ten years, the number of teens killed in car crashes has dropped by half.

Increase in Safety Violation Citations in New Jersey

According to court records, the number of tickets issued in New Jersey for safety violations has been steadily increasing since 2009.

Are New Jersey Roads Safer without Mandated Car Inspections?

In August, 2010, the Christie administration did away with mandatory motor vehicle safety inspections in New Jersey.

Efforts to Reduce Ambulance Crashes

With over 600,000 emergency calls annually in the Pennsylvania area and thousands of drivers operating ambulances, it is no surprise that the crash rate for ambulances in Western Pennsylvania averages one multi-vehicle accident every day.

DUI Task Force Targets Pennsylvania Drunk Driving

The Fourth of July, Memorial Day and more recently, St. Patrick’s Day, are popular holidays that can too often result in an incident of drunk driving.

Are Bars and Clubs Responsible if Their Customers Get a DUI?

People injured in DUI cases often sustain life-changing injuries. Frequently, these injuries mean the victims will require expensive medical attention, either for a short period of time or for the rest of their lives. Of course, individual drunk drivers may not have the resources to fully compensate victims in these situations.

Seatbelts on School Buses Reduce Injury

The use of seatbelts while driving has been proven to save lives and reduce injuries in a car accident.

Drug Use Causes More Accidents than Drunk Driving

Encountering a drunk driver is a concern for motorists throughout the country.

Pennsylvania Must Improve Highway Safety

According to a recent report issued by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (AHAS), Pennsylvania has a way to go concerning its highway safety enforcement.

How Is My Automotive Insurance Claim Affected If I Was Partially at Fault?

The individual who is found to be at fault for the car accident is the party who is ultimately responsible for paying for the damage that was caused by this individual’s negligence. However, when fault is not clear or two or more parties were at fault, fault may be apportioned between the negligent parties. A further analysis under the comparative or contributory negligence laws under the state is also necessary.

The Dangers of Using a Cell Phone While Driving

People are more likely to cause serious accidents when they use cell phones while driving. In fact, a study conducted by the University of Utah shows drivers who use cell phones while driving are as impaired as drunk drivers.

Motorcycle Accidents in Florida

In Florida, the warm weather and open, well maintained roads provide a great place to operate motorcycles. Most drivers do not give motorcyclists enough space, and most are not familiar with the specific rules of the road which apply to motorcycles.

Injured While on a Bus, Who Is at Fault?

Buses are generally thought of as fairly safe forms of transportation. Otherwise millions of school children would not ride buses to school everyday, millions more commuters would not use them to get to and from work, and others would not use them to take cross-country trips or go on tours. They also tend to be in fewer accidents than cars and motorcycles.

Who Can a Passenger Sue when Injured in a Car Accident

Passengers in car crashes often wonder what their rights are.

Safety Tips for the Motorcycle Season

As the weather warms up, more and more motorcycles are coming out of the garage, with riders ready to hit the road. Before you hop on your bike, remember to put safety first.

Truck Accidents

As drivers, we are often wary to drive beside a tractor trailer on the road.

Rise in Car Safety Tickets in New Jersey

New Jersey motorists who drive on bald tires or with broken tail lights may not have to worry about failing inspection anymore, but they should be prepared to pay a fine.

Lower Rates of Motorcycle Fatalities

The number of people killed in motorcycle crashes was 4,668 in 2013, a decline of 6.4% from the prior year, according to the latest available data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Getting Your Settlement Check After Your Car Accident Lawsuit

After you agree on a settlement or win a judgment the insurance company must pay you within a certain time frame. Once that payment window closes, the insurance company will be on the hook for serious interest (18% in most states) on the entire amount due to you. The payout window in most states are no more than 30-days.

Car Repossession Laws

Most people who own a car rely on it for getting virtually everywhere they need to go. That may include school, church, the store, or to pick up the kids; but for most, it primarily includes work. Thus, when you are late on your car payments, it may seem terribly ironic that the bank wants to deprive you of the means of getting to work to pay them back faster, but that is exactly what could happen.

Why You Should Say No to a Recorded Statement after a Car Accident

To give a recorded statement after a car accident or not to give a recorded statement after an accident. That is the question.

What Is the Difference between No-Fault and At-Fault Insurance States?

Whether your insurance policy is governed by a no-fault or an at-fault regime can have a direct and significant impact on how your claim is handled and the possible compensation that you may receive after being injured in an automotive accident.

Hit and Run Accidents - Why and How to Protect Yourself

Almost half of all car accidents in Los Angeles involve a hit and run driver. Don't be a victim and shoulder the damages on your own. Learn how to protect yourself.

Bicycle Safety Laws

As more people move into cities, the popularity of self-propelled vehicles is on the rise. Millions of Americans ride bikes to work or school every day in every one of the United States. Others ride recreationally. Whatever the case, it is important for these bicyclists to know the laws affecting the safe use and operation of their human-powered vehicles before taking them out on the roads and sidewalks.

New Jersey Ranks High for Fatal Pedestrian Accidents

As the weather warms and summer approaches, more and more people will take to New Jersey roadways on foot, especially in towns close to the shoreline.

Distracted Driving Car Accidents Among Teens

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently conducted a study which revealed that distracted driving is a major contributor in teenage car accidents.

Vehicle Design and Safety Reduce Fatal Car Accidents

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, almost 8,000 lives were saved from fatal car accidents in the year 2012 as vehicle design and enforcement of safety laws improve.

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