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explaining the different aspects of Motor Vehicles.

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?

  By HG.org
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?

  By HG.org
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.

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?

  By HG.org
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

  By HG.org
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?

  By HG.org
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

  By HG.org
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.

Decrease in Motorcycle Accidents and Fatalities

Lawmakers have been concerned with the statistics related to motorcycle accidents as for a period of time, the number of fatalities was increasing year after year.

5 Steps to Take after a Serious Bus Accident

Bus accidents can be particularly tragic because of the potential number of injured passengers involved. Especially disturbing are accidents involving children on school buses. Bus accidents may also involve public buses, tour buses, and charter buses. If you are involved in a bus accident, contact a New Jersey injury lawyer as soon as possible to protect your legal rights.

Do I Need an Attorney to Handle my Personal Injury Case?

The top 3 mistakes people make trying to handle their personal injury case themselves.

What Is the Virginia School Bus Stop Law?

In Virginia, you must stop for any stopped school bus that has flashing red lights and an extended stop sign when you approach from any direction on a highway, private road or school driveway. You must stop and remain stopped until all children are clear and the bus moves again.

When to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney

  By HG.org
People are injured in accidents every day. When this occurs, individuals are often dealing with a number of stressful events at one time. They may have suffered injuries and are missing time from work to recover. They may have sustained damage to their only vehicle and not have an alternative form of transportation.

3 Questions to Ask after Your Car Accident

In 2013, about 2.3 million people in the U.S. suffered injuries in car accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These accidents are often traumatic, so it’s not surprising that many people don’t know how to react afterward. Unfortunately, a poor response to a serious accident may later prevent a person from receiving compensation for any associated injuries.

Seat Belts Make School Buses Safer

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reports that seat belt use can increase a vehicle occupant’s chance of surviving a car crash by up to 60%.

Things You Need to Know Before You Choose a Personal Injury Attorney

  By HG.org
Not every personal injury is the same. Likewise, not every personal injury attorney is the same. Before you go through the expense of hiring a personal injury lawyer who is not a good fit, consider these issues.

How California Lawyers Will Assess Autonomous Self-Driving Vehicle Accident Liability

Now may be the most dangerous time in the short history of self-driving autonomous vehicles when automakers are testing their autonomous self-driving vehicles on the roads and highways in California, across the country and internationally to work the bugs out of their systems. But how will California autonomous self-driving vehicle accident lawyers assess and prove liability in accidents involving these cars once more of them are on the road? This article begins to examine just that.

NTSB Issues Truck Safety Agenda

Some of the most effective truck accident safety initiatives come out of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB.)

Seeking Compensation for Motorcycle Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to experience a fatal accident than car drivers.

Dos and Don’ts after a Car Accident

  By HG.org
While car accidents are often traumatic events, the things that people do and don’t do immediately after a collision often have a dramatic impact on the outcome of their car accident claim. Here are a few things to do and not to do after a car accident to keep in mind if involved in a car accident.

What Are Georgia's Booster Seat Laws?

Parents all know that if they plan to drive their child, they will need a car seat. To help keep our children safe while in a vehicle, there are laws all parents should be familiar with.

What to Do After a Truck or Auto Accident

If you have been involved in an accident with a semi-truck or other commercial vehicle, you may be confused and have questions regarding how and why your accident occurred and whether you will be able to recover.

Pennsylvania Highway Safety Laws Need Improvement

Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (AHAS) in Washington, D.C. assert that Pennsylvania’s highway safety laws lag behind ten other states, putting Pennsylvania drivers at a higher risk of preventable car accident injuries and deaths.

Decline in Deadly Car Crashes

Drivers may be safer than ever thanks to improved car designs on some of the nation’s most popular car brands.

Potholes Cause Serious Car Accidents

Potholes are a leading cause of car accidents in our area this time of year.

Safety Concerns for Motorcyclists

It has been said that seatbelts save lives in car accidents. The same can be said for wearing helmets while operating a motorcycle.

NTSB Requests Highway Regulators Make Safety Recommendations a Top Priority

According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), truck accident deaths have increased by nearly 17% since 2009.

Motorcycle Accident Fatalities

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released its data for 2013 motorcycle accident injuries and fatalities.

Pennsylvania Motorcycle Laws are Cause for Concern

In 1967, the federal government required states to have laws making motorcycle riders wear helmets in order to qualify for certain federal safety programs and highway construction funds. Most states complied with this to receive the funding.

MADD'S Mission to Take on Drugged Driving

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) was founded in 1980 in an attempt to address the issue of drunk driving.

Decline in Fatal Car Accidents

According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety’s (IIHS) most recent statistics, the probability of dying in a car accident has declined by more than one-third in the past three years.

Motorcycle Accidents Show Decrease in Injuries and Fatalities

Motorcycles are often difficult for other vehicles to see when traveling on roadways simply because cars and trucks are much larger in size than the two-wheeled vehicles.

New Vehicle Designs Reduce Fatal Car Accidents

Sleek lines and bold new designs attract shoppers to the newest and sometimes fastest automobiles of the year.

Review of New Jersey Turnpike Winter Weather Preparations

In response to multi-vehicle accidents involving 40 cars on the New Jersey Turnpike on February 9, 2015, State Transportation Commissioner and chairman of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, Jamie Fox, has ordered a review of the turnpike’s winter weather preparation operations.

The Dangers of Side-Swipe Accidents

Most people assume that a sideswipe accident usually results in a minor accident involving minor damages to the vehicles and little to no physical injuries. However, most sideswiping accidents lead to quite the opposite results. They can lead to loss of vehicle control or other potentially tragic results including severe physical injuries and even death.

Back-Over Car Accidents

Generally, we hear less about motor vehicle accidents than we hear about accidents between two vehicles, but it is important to note that back-over accidents involving pedestrians can be fatal.

Do Motorcyclists Have to Wear Helmets?

  By HG.org
Every year, thousands of people are hurt or killed in motorcycle accidents. Motorcycles are inherently more dangerous to operate than other motor vehicles because they do not offer any structure to absorb an impact. As a result, many wonder whether motorcyclists must wear helmets or other protective gear, and under what circumstances?

Are You Ready for Usage-Based Car Insurance?

Usage-based car insurance (UBI) is changing the way auto insurance works in Canada. It is a new invention by insurance companies, which promised to make the price of your car insurance premium dependent upon the vehicle type, distance you drive in your car, time spent in your car, places you visit and driving behavior.

Are Teenagers behind the Wheel Really that Dangerous?

In Ontario, many teenagers flock to get their driver's license once they turn 16 years old. As exciting as this stage is for young and adventurous teenagers, it is just as terrifying for parents and other drivers on the road.

Ontario Auto Insurance Rates - Are They Actually Decreasing as the Government Promised?

The minority Liberal Government in their 2013 budget has made a commitment to Ontarians that they can expect auto insurance rates to be reduced by about 15% before August 2015. This was a deal made with the NDP Government in exchange for their approval of the 2013 budget. Unfortunately, it has been made official on October 15, 2014 that the now majority Liberals are not on track with their promise.

What Is a Motion and Why Are They So Common in Car Accident Cases?

The process of suing an insurance company for a car accident involves many steps and procedures in court. Perhaps the most common procedure is a motion. Motions are used to obtain help from a judge in order to resolve various procedural issues or disputes that arise during the litigation process between the parties.

How Much Compensation is Awarded for a Loss of an Unborn Baby in a Car Accident?

There is no question that the death of a child is one of the most traumatic events one can experience; this is equally the case with the death of a foetus, whether it be miscarriage or stillbirth. In especially unfortunate circumstances, the loss of a foetus can be caused by either intentional or negligent acts of a third party; such as with medical negligence and motor vehicle accidents.

What is “Medical Evidence” and Why do You Need it to Get Compensation for Your Car Accident Injuries?

In motor vehicle accident cases, injuries can vary in their extent, as well as in the time it takes for your injuries to reveal themselves. If the injuries are especially serious and evident at the scene of the accident, such as open wounds, loss of limb and blood loss, the emergency personnel will take the person to the hospital immediately.

What is a "Statutory Threshold" and "Deductible" in all Tort Car Accident Claims against At-Fault Drivers in Canada

Motor vehicle accident claims are governed by the Insurance Act, RSO 1990, c. I.8 (“the Act”), which enumerates the kinds of claims that can be brought against the negligent party and what tests, if any, either party must meet. The injured party, or the plaintiff, who has suffered damages has to surpass the statutory threshold.

What is a Toronto Collision Reporting Centre?

The Collision Reporting Centres of Toronto are partnerships between the Toronto Police Service, insurance providers and private enterprise. The concept of self reporting collisions is the main function of the Collision Reporting Centres. Drivers involved in property damage collisions MUST report within twenty four hours to a Collision Reporting Centre, where a police officer inspects the vehicle damage.

How Likely are You to Get into a Car Accident? 5 Common Mistakes Causing Car Accidents

A car accident can have expensive and painful consequences. Sometimes the results are tragic, especially when the collision could have been prevented. We must do our part to ensure that each individual is taking steps to make our roads safer.

How Well do Insurance Companies take care of You After You Get into a Car Accident?

Ontario Insurance companies are readily willing to pay off claims for damage to vehicles following accidents, but they fight aggressively to avoid paying rehabilitation expenses sometimes flowing from the very same collisions. Accident victims are routinely treated as malingerers, exaggerating injuries in order to obtain access to special treatments not covered by the health care system.

Does Your Insurance Company Care about Your Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries?

Ontario Insurance companies are readily willing to pay off claims for damage to vehicles following accidents, but they fight aggressively to avoid paying rehabilitation expenses sometimes flowing from the very same collisions. Accident victims are routinely treated as malingerers, exaggerating injuries in order to obtain access to special treatments not covered by the health care system.

What are Attendant Care Benefits?

Attendant Care Benefits cover services that are provided by an aide to assist with everyday living tasks that the injured person cannot perform themselves, as a result of the accident. Routine everyday tasks consists of things like bathing, dressing, using the washroom, personal grooming and hygiene, mobility, and more.

Optional Driver’s Insurance Benefits – A Treasure Or A Trap?

Most likely you have recently received an updated driver’s insurance policy. Have you read it? Recent laws have canceled most of the benefits, which were previously given to every driver for their standard monthly premium. Insurers forgot to mention: it may cost very little to get these benefits back, but it will make a world of difference in case of a car accident.

What Listed Expenses Can You Claim if You Get into a Car Accident?

Under the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule there are various categories of listed expenses that you can claim if you get into a car accident:

How to Talk to an Insurance Claim Adjuster

Do not provide more than basic information about your accident (e.g. date, place and type of the accident) to your insurance before you talk to a lawyer, who will prepare you for the interview; Do not allow the adjuster to visit you at home before you see a lawyer. The purpose of such home visit is usually to ask you questions for several hours in order to take an official statement from you.

5 Important Steps to Take if Your Child Was Injured in a School Bus Accident

When your child rides on a school bus, the last thing you think about is an accident. Although accidents involving school buses may be rare, when they do occur they can be catastrophic.

Ten Mistakes People Make when Dealing with Doctors and Rehabilitation Centers after an MVA

1) Not seeking immediate medical attention after the accident. It will be hard to prove that your injury was serious if you did not get medical help very soon after the accident.

If I Am Involved in a Pedestrian Accident, What Are My Responsibilities?

Motor vehicles have a legal obligation to share the road. If you are walking or jogging, drivers don’t have the right to hit you just because you were in their way. However, as a pedestrian, you are much more vulnerable to injuries in an accident than the person inside the vehicle is.

Role Models Empower Kids to End Distracted Driving

It has been said that the dangerous habit of distracted driving has reached epidemic proportions. Each year, more than 3,300 fatalities and 410,000 car accident injuries are caused by distracted drivers.

New Jersey Drivers Continue to Take Unnecessary Driving Risks

Recently released statistics from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reveal that one in five drivers has been seriously injured or killed as a result of a motor vehicle collision.

Goal of Zero Fatal Car Accidents

Car accident fatalities are on the decline, dropping 40% since their peak in 1972.

New Truck Safety System

A leading car manufacturer has designed a new truck safety system promising to prevent trucking accidents and save truck fuel at the same time. Daimler Trucks North America recently introduced its Detroit Assurance Safety System to promising reviews.

The Possibility of Zero Fatality Roads

Each year thousands of individuals are killed in car and truck collisions throughout the United States. Policymakers, automobile manufacturers and advocacy groups are working together to reduce those numbers with the ultimate goal of zero fatality roads. According to some experts, that goal may be closer than ever.

Middle Aged Texting While Driving

The majority of campaigns regarding texting while driving have been aimed at younger drivers and teenagers.

Had an Accident in a Rental Car, Whose Insurance Pays?

  By HG.org
Travel is supposed to be enjoyable. The thrill of visiting someplace new, the relaxation of stepping away from the daily grind, and the enjoyment of experiencing something new and different. But, even when away from home accidents can happen. If you experience a motor vehicle accident in a rented car, whose insurance pays?

Evidence of Seatbelt Use Now Admissible in Texas - Nabors Well Services Ltd v Romero

The Texas Supreme Court has overruled 40 years of case law regarding the inadmissibility of the use or non-use of seatbelts in Nabors Well Services Ltd. V. Romero, Cause No. 13-0136 (decided Feb. 13, 2015). Evidence of the failure to use of seatbelts is now fair game for proving comparative negligence on the part of a plaintiff.

The Most Dangerous California Highways in Orange County for Personal Injury Car Accidents

In 2012 alone, there were over twenty thousand accident victims killed or injured in Orange County. While freeways seem as if they’d be the most dangerous, only about a third of the fatalities and serious injuries occur on the interstates. The majority of victims killed in Orange County accidents lose their lives on surface streets. We list the most dangerous intersections and highways in Orange County where you’re most likely to have your first, next or last and final accident.

Who Has the Right of Way and When Must I Yield?

  By HG.org
Surprisingly large numbers of drivers either do not know or do not remember the laws affecting rights of way when on the road. This is evident at intersections every day, where drivers proceed without the right of way, often resulting in accidents with other vehicles or pedestrians. In other cases, there may not be an accident, but it could result in a traffic ticket. So what are the laws of rights of way, and when must a driver yield?

NTSB Trucking Safety Recommendations in 2015

In a recent press conference, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a stern message that its 100 recommendations to improve highway safety must be implemented in 2015 to reduce the more than 4,000 fatal injuries each year in trucking accidents.

Does Uber Cause Distracted Driving

The days of standing on a corner to flag down a cab are quickly coming to an end. With new ride services such as Uber, all it takes is the click of an app on your smart phone and a ride is on its way. As convenient as this service is, its drivers may be causing an increase in distracted driving accidents.

Truck Driver Fatigue Causes Serious Trucking Accident

Highways are crowded with trucks full of cargo delivering goods throughout the country. Often times, truck drivers put in very long work weeks and are required to drive considerable hours each day.

How Can I Prove Fault in a Car Accident Case?

  By HG.org
In many car accident cases, a central question is who is ultimately liable for the accident. Even if a person is at fault, his or her level of liability may be reduced or eliminated based on the laws of his or her state.

How Can You Prevent a Truck Accident?

It can be intimidating to drive right next to a big-rig or an 18-wheeler. They are huge, weigh about 80,000 pounds and have this scary tendency to drift in and out of your lane. But, sharing the roadway with these large trucks does not have to be daunting and a nightmare. There are steps you can take to stay safe around big rigs and make sharing the road with commercial truck drivers a lot loss tense.

Your Rights When Stopped by Police

When an individual is stopped by the police it can be an overwhelming experience, especially when there is the possibility of criminal charges.

Middle Aged Drivers who Text while Driving at Increased Risk for Car Accidents

Car accidents continue to be the primary cause of injury and death in the United States. There are many causes of car accidents, but a high percentage of accidents occur due to driver negligence. Common distracted driving behaviors that people engage in include drunk driving, distracted driving, and aggressive driving.

Statistics Show Promising Trend in Reduction of Fatal Car Crashes

The year 2013 brought good news to United States motorists. According to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 1,063 less people killed and 49,000 less people injured in car accidents across the nation than in the previous year.

Driving on Icy Roads Causes Serious Injuries

Winter weather presents serious hazards for drivers. Auto technology has made significant strides in enabling drivers to be safe on the road, including all-wheel drive, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, traction control, and snow tires.

Drunk Driving Less Prevalent in Well-Policed Areas

A recent study by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation examined different communities’ responses to impaired drivers and their effectiveness in keeping drunk drivers off the road. Researchers found that strictly enforcing DUI laws helped to reduce drunk driving accidents.

New Emergency Braking Systems

The goal of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is to support new technologies that increase safety to all drivers on the road and reduce the incidents of car accidents.

Is a Bicycle Considered a Car or a Pedestrian?

  By HG.org
For anyone living in a city where foot and bike traffic are common, the question is often asked: is a bicycle a car or a pedestrian?

I Just Moved, Do I Legally Have to Change My Address and Where?

  By HG.org
Moving can be both exciting and stressful. It can be thrilling to imagine new adventures in a new location, but it can also be quite worrisome trying to make sure everything is considered. Switching utility services off and on, setting up mail forwarding, getting furniture moved; it can all be a bit overwhelming.

4 Cognitive Distractions Drivers Face

Sources of cognitive distraction that many drivers may encounter include electronic devices, in-car systems, passengers and printed materials.

What if No One Has Auto Insurance?

If no one involved in a car accident has auto insurance, the situation is complex. It doesn’t matter if a driver who was illegally driving without insurance didn’t cause the accident; he or she generally does not have a case. However, passengers are not legally required to have an insurance policy just to ride in a vehicle. If they suffer injuries in an accident and no insurance policy is available, they can get help through state funds.

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