January 7th, 2020|
We all know that January is usually the harshest month of the winter. It’s the time of year when temperatures drop, snow falls, and surfaces become covered in ice. It’s important to stay safe, be aware of your surroundings, and make the necessary adjustments to avoid injury. Whether the temperatures just happen to be a bit lower than usual or if it becomes an all-out blizzard, we are all susceptible to the dangers of winter.
It’s important to be aware of and prepared for the troubles of winter in New Jersey before it’s too late. Winters in Monmouth, Ocean, and Middlesex Counties are very unpredictable and it’s impossible to know when we might get hit with bad weather. Unfortunately, we can’t just stay at home and wait for summer. Even if we could, we still might not manage to avoid what January brings. Here are some of the most important steps to take in order to ensure your safety this winter.
Keep a Safe and Warm Home
Most of us love staying home with a nice mug of hot cocoa and a blanket in January, so we might as well ensure our comfort and safety for those lazy Sundays on the couch. Be sure to install weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows to prevent the elements from getting through your doors and windows. It’s also important to check that your heating systems are clean, ventilated, and working properly. It’s important to stay warm, but we also need to be careful of the potential dangers that come from heating our homes.
Prepare Your Car
Many of us use our cars to get everywhere. We need to keep our cars reliable and safe for this time of year. Don’t forget to replace your tires with snow tires, use a windshield wiper fluid that won’t freeze, and replace your windshield wipers and headlights if needed so you can see when it’s snowing out.
When Leaving the House
As much as we don’t want to when the weather is poor, sometimes we have no choice but to leave the house. When going outside make sure you dress warm. Wear a few layers, a thick winter coat, winter hat, and thick socks and gloves to prevent against frostbite, numbness, and hypothermia. Being outside and underdressed for just a few minutes when conditions are bad can still cause damage so it’s always important to bundle up. For those who work outside and have to work in some tough conditions, it can never hurt to bring a few changes of clothes in order to stay warm and dry.
Once Precautions Have Been Taken
No matter how prepared you are this winter, there’s going to be those who are not. Be careful of your surroundings to avoid careless drivers, slipping on ice, and poorly maintained buildings, cars, and outdoor surfaces. No matter how careful you are accidents may still occur. If you’re injured do not hesitate to reach us 732-888-8888 or by emailing email@example.com.
December 27th, 2019|
The Holiday Season can be a busy and stressful time, which can lead to unhealthy and damaging habits. Here at Judd Shaw Injury Law, we want everyone to be safe and healthy with friends and family. So, we thought we could outline some health tips for the holiday season to keep you having fun and enjoying time with your loved ones.
Try to Avoid Overindulging
Great food and drinks are a part of the holiday season for many, but try to enjoy them in moderation. Some people overeat and drink due to stress, and that is not healthy for you. Just remember, pace yourself, but also enjoy yourself.
Get Plenty of Rest
The key to keeping stress down is making sure you get your rest. If you allow yourself to get run down, it can really affect your holiday and become a problem. Make sure to get your eight hours of sleep and stay rested to maximize fun!
Make sure to get up and do things around the holidays. It is very easy to find yourself sitting and talking with people all day, but make sure to go on walks or find something active to do to keep you going.
This is the busiest time of the year for travel. Make sure you have well outlined plans for traveling, and allow yourself enough time to get to where you are going. It will relieve stress if you are able to calmly and safely get to your loved ones.
From all of us here at Judd Shaw Injury Law, we wish you all a safe and happy holiday season. We work hard all year so we can enjoy time with our family and friends this time of year.
The holiday season is a very happy time for many, and we hope that you are able to find that happiness as well. 2020 is a new year, and here at Judd Shaw Injury Law, we plan on it being our best year yet. We look forward to the New Year and all the great surprises that it can bring!
December 17th, 2019|
As the holiday season approaches, people scramble for last-minute gifts that they may have missed or because they were unsure of what to get for that special someone. Many people from Monmouth, Ocean, and Middlesex County take great pride in where they are from. So, what better gift to give them than something that reminds them of home. Time is getting short, but if you act now, you can still grab a few of these great gift ideas!
New Jersey Wine Cork Map
If you know a wine lover, this could be a great decorative gift that gets some good use. As they say, every cork tells a story!
NJ Custom License Plate T-Shirt
What better way to get a personal New Jersey gift than to customize a T-Shirt in the License Plate of their favorite state. With up to 15 characters to use, most names will fit and will be sure to please the person who gets it.
New Jersey Points of Interest Posters
The posters cover many different areas of the Jersey Shore and allow you to pick more colors and designs. These can make a great gift if you get one personalized to their favorite Middlesex County town or Monmouth or Ocean County beach.
Whatever you decide on, gifts that have meaning associated with them are always a plus. Especially if they are tied to home, whether it is Monmouth County, Ocean County, or anywhere in New Jersey. Here at Judd Shaw Injury Law, we wish you Happy Holidays and a safe and happy New Year!
December 12th, 2019|
As you travel and shop around this holiday season, whether it be trips to the Monmouth Mall in Eatontown or The Jersey Shore Premium Outlets in Tinton Falls, you will certainly encounter slick and icy conditions. One of the leading causes of personal injury in Monmouth and Ocean County during the holiday season is falls on slick or icy sidewalks and roadways. With the snowstorm in the area last week, it might be good to review some safety tips on avoiding these possibly serious accidents.
Watch for Wet/Muddy/Icy Surfaces
While walking into shopping centers and through parking lots, there may be snow, ice, mud, or oil that make the ground slippery. Make sure to watch where you are walking and be sure to never run in parking lots. The more cautious you are, the better the chances that you and your family will avoid serious injuries.
Avoid Checking Your Phone While Walking
Paying close attention to where you’re going is key to avoiding slips and dangerous situations while moving through a parking lot or shopping area. Some people tend to look at their phones while walking to check their social media or respond to texts, but that can be dangerous as you are not giving your full attention to where you are walking.
Wear the Proper Footwear for the Season
When going out in potentially hazardous conditions, remember to wear boots or other footwear that allow you to get good traction and stay balanced, no matter what you have to walk through. Heels or other fancy shoes may not mix well with slippery or dangerous conditions, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Using these tips, you are more likely to stay safe and have a happy and healthy holiday. That being said, accidents do happen. If you or someone you know slips and is injured, call Judd Shaw Injury Law at (732) 888-8888 or visit DemandJudd.com to see if you have a case. We are here to defend injured victims in Monmouth and Ocean County and to get you the compensation you deserve. And remember, Demand Justice, Demand Judd.
December 3rd, 2019|
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death and injury in the United States. This is particularly true in a state as population dense and with as many drivers as New Jersey. According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation, an average of 320,000 crashes are reported per year in the state.
New Jersey State Police say there have been 34 fatalities in Monmouth County alone in 2019. In Middlesex and Ocean counties, there have been 40 and 37 fatalities, respectively. As winter arrives and driving conditions worsen, we all need to be increasingly careful and aware of our surroundings when driving on busy toll roads. These include the Garden State Parkway, Atlantic City Expressway, and the New Jersey Turnpike, as well as other highways such as Route 70, Route 36, Route 18 and throughout busy towns like Eatontown, Toms River, Neptune, and Long Branch.
Accidents happen, but most are a result of human error and are preventable. It’s important to be knowledgeable of common auto accident causes in order to avoid being involved in such accidents.
The good news about the majority of accidents being a result of human error is that we can each do our part to drive smarter and more carefully. We cannot prevent others from driving recklessly, but we can be alert and aware of those around us and avoid as many accidents as possible.
In the age of the smartphone and touchscreen systems in most modern cars, drivers are often distracted at the wheel. It’s important to put phones down at all times and leave touch screens alone while driving, particularly on busy roads.
Driving Under the Influence
Driving is dangerous and difficult enough without bringing alcohol, drugs, and over-the-counter and prescription medications into the equation. Driving under the influence is simply dangerous and irresponsible. With buses, trains, and ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft available just about anywhere, especially throughout New Jersey, it simply isn’t worth the risk of driving under the influence.
Medical conditions are often unexpected, but it is important to see your doctor and make sure you are healthy enough to drive.
Being Lost or Not Knowing the Local Laws
Being unfamiliar with your surroundings can be a huge problem and cause of accidents, especially in busy areas. Focusing on what’s in front of you and knowing when to stop or keep driving is more important than getting somewhere on time. You can always turn around if you miss your turn or stop, but not if you get in an accident making a late stop or turn.
Sometimes cars simply fail or die. Make sure you get your car inspected often so it is in the best condition possible.
With winter coming up, the roads are becoming increasingly wet and icy. Rain also plays a factor throughout the entire year. When the weather is bad, every driver on the road needs to be even more careful and aware of the possibility of hydroplaning and limited visibility created by rain, snow, or fog.
Accidents happen. If you or someone you know has been in an accident, do not hesitate to call us and get the compensation you need and deserve. Give us a call at 732-888-8888 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 26th, 2019|
Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times of year, and that means traffic will be rough for those looking to get to their loved ones. People use planes, trains, and automobiles to get where they need to go, and that can lead to overcrowding on roads and other transportation services. Make sure you plan accordingly to beat the traffic and get safely and soundly to your destination this holiday season.
Thanksgiving itself is one of the largest commuter holidays of the year. According to AAA, roughly 55 million Americans will travel to get to where they plan on spending the holiday, which is the largest number since 2005. With over 48 million of them taking to the roadways to drive, there are bound to be some major delays all over the state of New Jersey. Here in Monmouth County alone, roads like the Garden State Parkway, I-195, Route 9, Route 18, and Route 36 all expect to have major delays because of sheer volume. Going down to Ocean County, you will see the same delays on the GSP and Route 9, as well as Route 70, Route 37, and Route 35.
Delays on the roadways could be major, and are expected to be the worst on Wednesday afternoon, when drivers get out of work and try to get to where they are going as soon as they can. So, if these times can be avoided, it may be best for your safety and your sanity. As someone who drives all the time, traffic can be one of the most frustrating things you experience in day-to-day life. To cut down on stress this holiday season, plan out your travels ahead of time to try to avoid these high surge times and areas.
While on the road, accidents happen. With so many cars out there for the holidays, there are bound to be many accidents with people rushing to get to where they need to be. At Judd Shaw Injury Law, we want everyone in Bergen, Passaic, Union, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties and throughout New Jersey to have a safe and happy holiday. In the event something does happen and you think you are entitled to compensation, please call us at 732-888-8888 to speak with a representative. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
November 21st, 2019|
Every year when the temperature starts to drop in Monmouth County, NJ, deer are seen around highways and neighborhoods. As a motorist, it is your responsibility to be alert and drive safely to avoid collisions with these animals and other drivers. In this article, we discuss ways to prevent accidents with deer in our area and how you can save lives by following six simple steps on the roads.
In Monmouth and Ocean Counties alone, we see accidents every day around this time of year when deer start grazing around the highways and roads. Sometimes deer are hard to see, especially at night, so staying alert is one of the most important things you can do. According to 94.3 The Point, Colts Neck, Marlboro, Manalapan, & Freehold are some of the most dangerous places for driving from dawn ‘til dusk. Routes 18 & 33 are especially crowded with deer, and cause many of the issues all over Monmouth County. Other areas such as Ocean County, Jackson, Toms River, and Lacey are very common for accidents as well. Route 195 and the Garden State Parkway are some of the most deer populated areas in the County.
How to Stay Safe
- Stay Alert: While driving at night, make sure to stay alert to not only the road, but what is happening all around you. Deer usually don’t travel alone, so if you see one, there are likely more around.
- Slow Down: When you do see a deer, slow down. If you slow down, you will have a better chance of being able to avoid an accident. Deer are unpredictable. Speaking from experience, even slowing down will not always save you from an accident, but it will certainly give you a better chance of avoidance.
- Use High Beams: If you are alone on a dark road, use your high beams to give yourself a larger field of vision. This may make the difference in seeing a deer in time to stop and getting in an accident.
- Do Not Swerve to Avoid: If you find yourself in a scenario where a deer is in front of you, do not swerve to avoid. Swerving can put yourself and other motorists in serious danger. Many of the roads you may see deer on (Garden State Parkway, Route 18, Route 33) are crowded and you may find motorists all around you.
- Always Wear a Seatbelt: In the event that you get in an accident with an animal, your seatbelt could save your life. It is one of the most important safety tips for any motorist, and really could save a life.
- Call 911 if an Accident Occurs: Alerting the police and/or paramedics to an accident can help keep you safe and allow you or others to get medical attention if there are injuries.
Using these tips, you just may be able to prevent accidents in Monmouth and Ocean Counties and keep yourself out of harm’s way. Accidents happen, and here at Judd Shaw Injury Law, we would like to prevent as many accidents as possible. While you are driving this holiday season, stay safe, stay alert, and stay healthy!
Did you know? Injuries sustained in an accident with a deer are covered under your New Jersey PIP policy. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our attorneys at Judd Shaw Injury Law by dialing (732) 888-8888!
June 11th, 2018|
Lane-splitting – or the act of a motorcyclist riding the dotted lines between lanes of traffic on a street or highway – is not specifically prohibited by statute in New Jersey, nor is it specifically allowed either. That said, the New Jersey state driver’s manual implies that it is not allowed, and New Jersey law enforcement can cite motorcyclists for failing to stay in a lane.
At the same time, however, many motorcycle advocacy groups point out how lane-splitting can protect the safety of motorcyclists who are worried about being rear-ended by careless drivers, and can even promote traffic efficiency by not taking up a full space in a lane.
Lane-splitting of course does not fully prevent motorcycle accidents from occurring, especially where a careless driver swerves across lanes without noticing the motorcyclist. When such an accident occurs, the driver and/or his insurance company (or attorney) may try to argue that the motorcyclist cannot recover in a New Jersey motorcycle accident personal injury lawsuit, but this is not necessarily the case.
Why Lane-Splitting May Not Bar Your New Jersey Motorcycle Accident Recovery
When a motorcycle accident collision occurs with a car or truck, there are generally three possibilities for why it occurred:
- It was the fault of the driver
- It was the fault of the motorcyclist
It was the fault of both the driver and the motorcyclist
“Fault” here means that there was a careless and/or unlawful action taken which led to the collision. This could include drunk driving, changing lanes without a turn signal, speeding, swerving, texting while driving, and other traffic violations. Again, whether or not lane-splitting is necessarily going to be considered careless is somewhat vague in New Jersey.
But let’s assume for a moment that it is determined that lane-splitting is careless, such that the collision was at least partly the fault of the motorcycle. If the driver was also careless in causing the accident – such as by not using a turn signal or failing to notice the motorcyclist – then both the motorcyclist and the driver could be considered at fault.
In such shared-fault cases, New Jersey employs what is called “modified comparative negligence” to determine whether a motorcyclist can recover, and for how much of his injuries. Under this rule, the motorcyclist can still recover in a personal injury lawsuit so long as his fault was not greater than that of the driver who also played a part in causing the accident
That said, the motorcyclist’s recovery will be reduced by his portion of fault. Thus, if a motorcyclist suffers $100,000 in injuries (based on calculation of medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering), but it is determined he was 30% at fault, then he can recover $70,000.
Obviously, determining who was at fault and by what percentage in a split-second motorcycle accident can be quite complex, and, thus, if you are injured in a New Jersey motorcycle accident, you are encouraged to reach out to a New Jersey personal injury attorney as soon as possible to begin the process of investigating the matter and building your best case for recovery.
Call a New Jersey / New York Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today
The experienced personal injury attorneys at Judd Shaw Injury Law have won over millions in compensation for our clients, and we are here to stand by your side as your allies and champions in winning the recovery you deserve from all potential defendants. Contact us today to speak to a personal injury attorney about your motorcycle accident.
June 4th, 2018|
Gyms and workout studios are some of the fastest growing businesses in the U.S., with new establishments seeming to pop up every month on metropolitan street corners across New Jersey. Whether it’s CrossFit, spinning/cycling, yoga, mixed martial fights, boxing, or your classic all-purpose gym, the potential for personal injury is there, especially when careless business owners and their employers are improperly staffed/trained and defective or improperly maintained equipment is employed.
If you have suffered an injury while at a gym or workout studio in New Jersey, you may face weeks and even months of high medical bills, lost income, and prolonged pain and suffering. If another party was negligent in causing your gym injury – whether it be the staff of the gym, another user of the gym, or even the manufacturer of the equipment used – it is possible that you could bring a personal injury lawsuit to recover your costs of medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. Here are a few things to keep in mind in doing after you have been injured at a New Jersey gym.
Take Pictures of the Injury Scene
Whether you will be able to recover from another party for your New Jersey gym accident will in part depend on whether another party acted carelessly or a defective product was used. Proving this after the fact can be challenging, thus taking pictures at the scene (assuming you are able to) can be helpful to proving your case later. For example, take pictures of your injuries, any defective equipment, and/or dangerous conditions (e.g. a slippery floor).
Obtain Identifying Information From Others
If possible, obtain names and contact information from others who were involved in the accident or who may have witnessed what occurred. First off, this will make it easier to identify potentially liable parties. Furthermore, your attorney may need to obtain statements from eyewitnesses who can provide accounts of the injury, especially if the defendants attempt to pin blame on you later.
Do Not Sign a Waiver or Accept “Gifts”
You likely signed some sort of waiver as a condition of using the gym, but you should not sign any additional documentation without speaking to an attorney first, as doing so may limit or block your ability to recover for your injuries. And, while a previous waiver may indeed limit liability, do not take the gym owner’s word for it, as there are numerous situations in which a waiver will not prevent you from obtaining recovery. Furthermore, do not accept any “gifts” offered to you by gym staff or others (e.g. a gift certificate, a free month of membership, etc), as a defendant might argue the gift was a settlement of your claim.
Get Medical Attention and Contact an Attorney
Obviously, you should get medical attention if you have been injured. But, beyond the necessity of getting the care you need, failure to seek medical attention may make it difficult to bring a claim later as the defendant might argue you were not truly injured.
Finally, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your injury, so that your attorney can begin the time-sensitive process of collecting the evidence necessary and pursuing your case to win the financial recovery you deserve.
Talk to an Experienced NJ Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you have suffered injury in a NJ gym accident, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Judd Shaw Injury Law are here to help. We have won millions in compensation for our clients, and we are here to stand by your side as your allies and champions in winning the recovery you deserve from all potential defendants. Our attorneys have built up a strong reputation for providing compassionate legal counsel to those who have suffered serious injury while aggressively and quickly taking all necessary legal action to recover for our clients to get their lives back to normal by winning compensation for all costs, losses, and pain and suffering. Contact us today to speak to a personal injury attorney about your potential personal injury claim today.
May 21st, 2018|
Ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft have fundamentally changed the way we get around in just a few years, and this is especially true in many areas of New Jersey which have not had traditionally had widely available and convenient taxi services. Over five billion rides were taken on Uber in 2017 alone, with many more taken through Lyft, Ola, Didi, and the countless new ride sharing startups entering the market, and the popularity of ride sharing looks to keep rising across the state of New Jersey.
But what happens when you get in a car accident in New Jersey while travelling as a passenger or driver in an Uber or Lyft (or other ride sharing app), or experience a collision with a driver working through a ride sharing app?
The good news is that New Jersey at long last codified rules in 2017 which mandate the level of insurance that drivers for ride sharing services and/or the ride sharing services themselves must maintain. In some cases, the amount of coverage available for those injured in ride sharing accidents is vastly favorable to that typically available in an auto collision.
You should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney – ideally one that has a proven track record of recovering significant financial settlements and verdicts for auto accident victims in New Jersey – as soon as possible, but below we provide an overview of the current coverage requirements for ride sharing services in New Jersey.
NJ Insurance Law When the Ride Sharing Driver Has a Fare
The general rule for auto accident liability in New Jersey is “no fault,” which means that injured drivers and passengers must typically look to their own PIP insurance coverage initially before recovering from the other party. Furthermore, the injured victim’s ability to recover may depend on his or her own insurance coverage (i.e. whether or not they have a “verbal threshold” or a “no limitation on lawsuit” policy).
This is not the case when a party is injured in an accident involving a ride sharing service vehicle which, at the time of the accident, is transporting a user of the service. In such cases, the injured party (other than the ride sharing driver) can sue the ride sharing driver and/or the ride sharing service provider directly for their injuries, and there is no “verbal threshold” limitation (described below) on the types of injuries for which they can recover.
Ride sharing services are required to carry at least $1,500,000 in insurance coverage for bodily injury, property damage, and death. Again, this provides significantly better options for recovery for those injured in accidents involving ride sharing services currently carrying client passengers than many other types of auto accidents in New Jersey.
The driver of a ride sharing service car who is carrying a passenger must also be provided with $10,000 in medical payment coverage, which is the coverage the ride sharing service provider’s insurer must carry to pay for injuries suffered by the driver himself or herself. Thus, the driver of a ride sharing service vehicle does not have to look first to his or her own personal insurance when suffering injury while driving a passenger for the service.
NJ Insurance Law When the Ride Sharing Driver is Looking for a Fare
If the ride sharing driver is logged into the ride sharing network and looking for a passenger when an accident occurs, then the coverage available to injured parties may be quite different, as New Jersey law imposes a lower type of coverage limit in such instances.
When the ride sharing driver is looking for a passenger, the liability coverage requirement for the ride sharing service is to provide at least:
- $50,000 for death or bodily injury per person,
- $100,000 for death or bodily injury per incident,
- and $25,000 for property damage
Unlike the approach taken when the driver is currently transporting a passenger (described above), other injured parties must first look to their own PIP insurance coverage before suing the driver and/or service when the driver is looking for a fare. In New Jersey, PIP insurance is the coverage that your own insurance policy (or the driver/owner of the car you are travelling in) provides for your injuries. Depending on the type of policy purchased, this coverage can be as low as $15,000, which may not be enough to cover the costs associated with serious accidents and injuries.
If an individual’s injuries are greater than the PIP coverage they are under, then their ability to recover may be dependent on what type of insurance policy they have and what type of injury they suffered. Some drivers carry so-called “no limitation on lawsuit” policies, which cover all injuries suffered in an accident. If you are subject to a “verbal threshold” policy (which are generally less expensive than “no limitation on lawsuit” policies), then you may only be able to recover for further losses above your PIP coverage if you or a family member suffered:
- Loss of a body part
- Significant disfigurement or scarring
- Loss of a fetus
- Permanent injuries and/or fractures
Winning recovery against insurers can often involve working with an experienced personal injury attorney to represent you in your claim against the insurance company, as insurers typically will take legal actions to limit your liability by contesting the severity and cost of your injuries, but your attorney will provide strong arguments in your favor to win maximum recovery.
An experienced New Jersey auto accident attorney can also represent you in pursuing a legal claim against another driver (whether you are the ride sharing driver or are injured by a ride sharing driver) if that driver acted negligently in causing your accident, such as through speeding, texting while driving, driving drunk or drugged, or other careless actions.
Contact an auto accident attorney as soon as possible after your ride sharing auto accident to ensure that you are being taken care of and guided towards your maximum recovery for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and any other forms of financial recovery to which you are entitled.
Talk to an Experienced NJ Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you have suffered injury in a NJ motor vehicle accident, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Judd Shaw Injury Law are here to help. We have won millions in compensation for our clients, and we are here to stand by your side as your allies and champions in winning the recovery you deserve from all potential defendants. Our attorneys have built up a strong reputation for providing compassionate legal counsel to those who have suffered serious injury while aggressively and quickly taking all necessary legal action to recover for our clients to get their lives back to normal by winning compensation for all costs, losses, and pain and suffering. Contact us today to speak to a personal injury attorney about your potential car accident claim today.