Is Lane Splitting Legal in New Jersey?

Is Lane Splitting Legal in New Jersey?

by Staff Blogger | April 14th, 2020

Many motorcyclists lane split to avoid collisions, especially in bumper-to-bumper traffic where they are more susceptible to accidents and injuries than people in cars or trucks. In a state as densely populated as New Jersey, motorcyclists need to be even more aware of their surroundings and when they need to split lanes to avoid collisions. If you are a motorcyclist in New Jersey, it’s important that you understand the legality of lane splitting and what to do if you’ve been involved in a lane splitting accident.

The responsibility of safe driving is shared by all drivers and riders on the road. For those in cars and trucks, it’s equally important that drivers “Look Twice” for motorcyclists and practice safe driving. Just as you remind yourself to look for children in school zones when you drive in Monmouth, Middlesex, Burlington, Ocean, Bergen, Passaic, Union and other counties, you must consciously be aware of motorcyclists. In many instances, riders are unable to protect themselves. It is entirely up to the drivers of the cars and trucks to avoid making mistakes that can be fatal to motorcyclists.

We don’t recommend you lane split for long periods of time while driving, though it can be an effective way to avoid collisions on busy roads. That being said, most drivers aren’t aware of motorcyclists in their surrounding area. If you do split lanes, we suggest doing so sparingly and carefully. Pay attention to every car around you, as they may be preparing to change lanes as you pass them, putting you at risk.

For motorcyclists, the roads themselves can be obstacles with hazards such as potholes, manhole covers, live animals, and debris. When a car confronts those driving conditions, the worst outcome is often misalignment; however, if a biker fails to avoid the obstacle, it can have tragic consequences. When done properly and carefully, lane splitting can help a motorcyclist avoid an accident, but it can also be the cause of an accident when done in an unsafe manner.

Lane splitting isn’t expressly illegal in New Jersey, however, it’s not legal, either. New Jersey law doesn’t address lane splitting, but motorcyclists and drivers may be cited for failure to keep right. That’s why, on top of the safety concerns, we suggest motorcyclists return to clearly marked lanes as soon as it’s safe for them to do so. We also suggest that drivers of cars and trucks check their blind spots before changing or turning lanes.

New Jersey motorcyclists often have a tough time seeking compensation after being involved in lane splitting accidents, regardless of who was at fault. Oftentimes, motorcyclists aren’t the responsible parties, as drivers have responsibility in operating their vehicles in a safe and defensive manner.

It is crucial that the necessary evidence is gathered after an accident. If possible, call the police and report the accident. Also, if possible, take photos of the crash scene, speak to witnesses, and gather contact information and exchange insurance information with the other driver. The evidence and contacts you collect will be key in a personal injury case. If you’re transported by ambulance and/or badly injured requiring immediate medical attention and unable to gather evidence following the crash, our law firm will conduct its own investigation.

If you or a loved one were injured or killed in a motorcycle crash, you should seek the assistance of the motorcycle injury attorneys at Judd Shaw Injury Law. The trial attorneys at Judd Shaw Injury Law offer assistance to all motorcycle and car accident victims in New Jersey and New York. If you are suffering from injuries sustained in a bicycle, car, or motorcycle accident, call Judd Shaw now. If you do not recover, you pay no attorneys’ fees – that’s our No Fee Guarantee! Schedule a free initial consultation now by calling us at 732-888-8888.

If you ride a motorcycle, you know just how much fun it is to cruise down the road – likewise, you know that you face many challenges on the roads. If you’re tired of yelling “back off,” when others on the road fail to provide plenty of room, email us for a free “Back Off” t-shirt at demandjudd@juddshawinjurylaw.com or visit us on Instagram @juddshawinjurylaw and view our post on receiving the free safety shirt for motorcyclists.

Finding the Best NJ Lawyer for a Construction Accident Injury

by Staff Blogger | April 7th, 2020

In New Jersey, construction workers are injured from work-related accidents every day. The top causes of construction-related injuries and fatalities are falls, being struck-by an object, electrocution, and being caught between objects. However, the majority of these work site accidents are entirely avoidable.

While construction work is very dangerous, we believe many of the injuries that come from construction work are completely avoidable. At Judd Shaw Injury Law, we also believe those in charge who place workers at risk and fail to keep their workers safe must be held accountable.

If you were injured during the course of your employment, then your compensation may be subject to the no-fault-based system of workers’ compensation. You also have the right to bring a third-party claim against those responsible for your injuries, which were caused by negligent acts or failures to act. At Judd Shaw Injury Law, we aggressively protect the rights of our clients against general contractors, property owners, equipment manufacturers, or other subcontractors working on the site.

Some of the common construction accidents that happen are listed below. If you’ve been injured as a result of one of these accidents, call us right now and Demand Justice.

  • Fall injuries from defective scaffolding or unsafe ladders
  • Injuries from falling products such as materials and tools
  • Being caught between objects
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Burns from explosion accidents or welding injuries
  • Injuries from construction trucks and forklift accidents
  • Accidents from conveyors, hoists, and cranes
  • Malfunctioning equipment
  • Exposure to chemicals and hazardous toxic material
  • Injuries from roof, wall, and trench collapses
  • Nail gun injuries
  • Overexertion
  • Injuries from power tools such as table saws and air hammers

If you’ve been injured in a construction accident, it’s important that you contact a New Jersey construction accident lawyer. Determining liability in a construction accident tends to be very complicated. Demand justice for your injuries and contact our team of construction accident injury attorneys at Judd Shaw Injury Law at 732-888-8888 or at demandjudd@juddshawinjurylaw.com.

Our No Fee Guarantee means we only get paid if you get paid, so you don’t have to worry about consultation or retainer fees and can focus on what’s most important – your health.

Sometimes there’s a silver lining in difficult times

by Staff Blogger | March 31st, 2020

As Judd Shaw Injury Law wraps up its monthly theme, March’s “Don’t be lucky, be fortunate,” we focus this blog on emphasizing feeling fortunate and hopeful during a situation that looks gloomy. The common expression “every cloud has a silver lining” means that even the worst events or situations have some positive aspects.

 

With all the tragic things that are happening in the world as a result of the coronavirus global pandemic, now might seem like an unusual time to be feeling fortunate. Yet staying positive is a core ingredient in the recipe of success with coping during a crisis. 

 

Now, more than ever, is the time for us to be proactive about creating small moments of happiness in our days and to be grateful for the time together during in-home confinement. 

 

Not that long ago, so many of us were rushed in a flurry of routine tasks and general busyness. For some of us, it’s not that often that we have time to gather around for family dinners, reconnect with loved ones, connect in more meaningful ways, and are pressed to enjoy simple experiences and activities together. We are finding new ways to connect with ourselves and loved ones. We’re realizing how important community is and doubling-down on investing in it. We’re deepening our appreciation for the people – the teachers, doctors, nurses, grocery store workers, garbage collectors, first responders, and more – who are the foundation of society.

 

Our pets are getting more attention and love. We check in on family and friends a little more than when we were rushed for time. Generosity and community-mindedness is spiking. Pollution is down. We are leveraging technology to let us keep creating and connecting. We are learning new hobbies. And just perhaps for the first time, we are realizing the world can come together and share the same fight and concern. 

 

For New Jersey, we are reading and hearing about many selfless individuals and organizations within our communities that are dedicating their time and efforts to help others. “Knights in Shining Armor” throughout Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex, Burlington, Bergen, Passaic and Hudson counties, including other jurisdictions, are doing what they can, big and small, to support others in this difficult time.

 

For example, the owners of Federico’s Pizzeria in Belmar New Jersey have taken out a $50,000 line of credit to keep their employees on the payroll for the foreseeable future, leading to those in the community to donate to the pizzeria. Many of those who wanted to help out even paid for food to be sent to hospital staff, police, firefighters, and EMS squads. In Eatontown, first responders put on a small parade for a boy who, due to social distancing, couldn’t celebrate his birthday the way most 5 year olds get to.

 

Bell Works is donating 500 meals per day to first responders in Holmdel. People and organizations throughout New Jersey have been coming together to support others in a number of ways since the start of the coronavirus outbreak. Seeing our communities support those within them has been a beautiful silver lining to this crisis.

 

Above all, this experience can remind us and teach our children a valuable life skill: resilience.

Clean Hands Save Lives

by Staff Blogger | March 24th, 2020

As we mentioned in our last blog, washing hands is a crucial way to stop the spread of COVID-19, as well as many other viruses. The CDC says “Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick.” Aside from social distancing, washing our hands frequently is probably the best way that we can stop COVID-19 from spreading to others, and even from catching it ourselves. There’s never a bad time to take a minute and wash your hands, however, these are some of the most important times to stop what you’re doing and wash your hands:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage

If soap and water aren’t available to you, make sure you at least use hand sanitizer. However, it’s important to be aware of some of hand sanitizer’s shortcomings in comparison to soap and water. While very effective, hand sanitizer doesn’t get rid of all types of germs and may not work well if your hands are visibly dirty or greasy.

During a time with such rapid spread of the coronavirus, it’s important that we’re all aware of how essential it is that we wash our hands as often as possible. WASHING HANDS SAVE LIVES!

Don’t be lucky you didn’t get sick, be fortunate that you’re healthy – that means taking precautions to avoid getting sick.

Protect Yourself from COVID-19

by Staff Blogger | March 17th, 2020

As a result of the national emergency created by the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s never been so important to take the necessary precautions to keep ourselves and our loved ones healthy. With the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in New Jersey, there’s no telling who has it and doesn’t even know they may be carrying the virus. COVID-19 is highly contagious before those infected show any signs of symptoms, meaning it’s imperative to avoid as many people as possible.

Wash Hands Frequently

Keep your hands as clean as possible by washing them periodically with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Be sure to wash your hands after going to the bathroom, before and after eating, after interacting with others, and consistently throughout the day.

Practice Social Distancing

Stay at least 6 feet away from others as much as possible, in particular anyone who might be coughing or sneezing.

Stay Home as Much as Possible

By staying home unless absolutely necessary, we can minimize the possibility that we contract the virus, or if we’ve contracted it, that we spread it to other people. If you’re able, work from home. Only leave the house when you absolutely need to, such as to buy groceries and other necessities.

Avoid Touching Your Face

If your hands have come in contact with the virus, whether you know it or not, it’s best not to touch your face so that you can avoid allowing the virus to enter your body, making you sick.

Seek Medical Care Early

If you start to feel sick, make sure you go see a doctor as soon as possible. Call ahead so they know you’re coming and you can spend as little time in a waiting room as possible. Hopefully if you’re sick, it’s not with COVID-19, but if the doctor thinks you may have it, they’ll be able to direct you to the proper health care facility, allowing you to take care of it as soon as possible, minimizing who you spread the virus to and how bad it gets.

Presently, New Jersey has the 6th most cases in the United States, while our neighbor, New York, has the most cases in the country. With cases in New Jersey recently having reached the hundreds, it’s important that we take this seriously and do our part by staying clean, safe, and isolated from others. Coronavirus has become a threat throughout New Jersey, however, it’s a significantly larger threat in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Monmouth and Middlesex counties.

The most important thing right now is patience and due diligence. If we are smart about when we leave the house and how much we interact with others, hopefully those in charge are able to get this taken care of as soon as possible. Aside from being careful for ourselves and loved ones, we simply need to be patient. These are unusual times, but fortunately professionals are working around the clock to get it taken care of so we can all return to normalcy as soon as possible.

Intoxicated Injuries

by Staff Blogger | March 10th, 2020

With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner and a few parades along the Jersey Shore having already taken place, there’s no doubt a lot of drinking is going on throughout New Jersey this time of year.

With the holiday fast approaching and the quickly improving weather, many people are full of excitement. Unfortunately, injuries go hand in hand with the amount of drinking being done at events such as the parades in Belmar, Seaside, Asbury Park, and elsewhere. People should be able to celebrate and enjoy this time of year, but the injury risk needs to be taken into consideration. We thought it would be worthwhile to include some injury statistics to keep in mind while celebrating St. Paddy’s Day.

  • 88% of people who broke a bone say it could have been avoided if they’d been sober. While it’s obviously safer not to drink at all, we realize that’s not realistic for everyone. However, in order to avoid injury, it’s smart to be careful about how much you drink and to stay coherent enough that unwanted incidents can be avoided.
  • 23% of people don’t remember the reasons behind fights they got into while drunk, while 15% say there was “no specific reason” for their fights. Clearly, when people get too drunk, they get into fights unnecessarily. Much like with broken bones, these fight-related injuries can be avoided by being careful not to drink too much.
  • The average drinker has had two drinking-related injuries. In most cases, these injuries happen at around the age of 22, however, there are spikes at the ages of 25 and 35 as well. Clearly, no matter who you are, you are likely to suffer an injury due to drinking.
  • The three most common drinks linked to alcohol-related injuries are beer (58%), vodka (47%), and whiskey (27%). While liquor typically gets the reputation for getting people too drunk, beer has been the most common theme when it comes to alcohol-related injuries. So whatever you’re drinking, do so responsibly and be aware of your surroundings.
  • The majority of alcohol-related injuries are fortunately just bruises, scratches, and cuts. However, broken bones come right behind those three as the fourth most common alcohol-related injury.

Stay safe this St. Patrick’s Day! Drink responsibly and look out for each other as you celebrate the holiday and enjoy the Spring weather. If you or someone you know does get injured, reach out to us at 732-888-8888 or demandjudd@juddshawinjurylaw.com and allow us to fight on your behalf. Don’t hesitate to Demand Justice.

You’re So Lucky Fortunate

by Staff Blogger | March 3rd, 2020

Did you know there is a difference between being lucky and fortunate? At Judd Shaw Injury Law, we don’t rely on luck—our legal team strategizes at all stages to set our clients up for the best possible outcome. We believe our clients are fortunate to have excellent counsel and a strong legal team in their corner.

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up and the “luck of the Irish,” we’re focusing this blog on the difference between luck and fortune. Whenever we win big at the casino, we have luck to thank. Many of us are lucky to be born into loving families and good genes. Luck plays a part in playing the lottery, having your flight take off on time without delays, enjoying perfect weather during pre-planned vacation, and other times when things are beyond your control and happen by chance.

However, there is no such thing as luck in the courtroom. Winning a case, getting the money you deserve, and securing the justice you deserve have nothing to do with luck or chance. Our dedicated attorneys work tirelessly to ensure that our clients are set up for success. While someone may say to us, “Good luck at trial,” we think to ourselves, “We don’t need luck on our side.”

It’s easy to say someone got lucky or was in the right place at the right time in order to become successful, but the reality is that luck played no part of the outcome. Our attorneys work very hard to put themselves in a position where they have the opportunity for fortunate outcomes. Rather than rely on luck, make sure you hire an attorney qualified in the area of personal injury with an emphasis on the type of accident involved.

If you or someone you know is injured, don’t hesitate to contact us at 732-888-8888. When you choose Judd Shaw Injury Law, you won’t need luck. Our legal team will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. So, get lucky fortunate. Demand Justice, Demand Judd.

 

We ❤️ Random Acts of Kindness

by Staff Blogger | February 25th, 2020

The month of February has been all about our love for our clients and for referrals. We’ve talked a lot about We ❤️ Referrals month and how much we appreciate the best form of flattery—the trust placed in us to represent our clients’ family and friends. We’ve also talked about Valentine’s Day & National Donor Day, discussing how important it is to care for our peers by registering as organ donors. Similarly, we wrote about American ❤️ Month and the importance of loving ourselves through taking care of our health and, most importantly, our hearts. With our last blog for the Month of Love, we want to touch on much simpler forms of love.

With this being the last week of February, we felt that we should explore random acts of kindness (RAOK) that we can use to spread the love to both the people close to us and complete strangers that we come across every day. At Judd Shaw Injury Law, we love random acts of kindness due to the endless ways to make others simply smile.

With February coming to a close, it’s important to keep the love alive. If you need any ideas for how to spread a few random acts of kindness, look no further! We’ve listed a few possibilities, some large and some small, below! Pick some of your favorites or use them to inspire other ideas and start spreading some love for the rest of February and beyond! Oh—be sure to post on Instagram with our hashtag #juddshawinjurylaw so we can repost your awesome RAOK!

  1. Pay for the next person in line for their lunch, drink, or even some of their groceries
  2. Make a friend or family member breakfast in bed
  3. Donate to a charity of your choice
  4. Offer to babysit for free so friends or family can take a date night or catch a movie
  5. Spend a day volunteering at an animal shelter
  6. Give your waiter or waitress an extra tip above what you would normally for great service
  7. Do a favor without receiving anything in return
  8. Pick up litter in a busy area like a park or train station
  9. Tell your boss about one of your coworkers who’s doing a great job
  10. Share your umbrella in the rain with someone who doesn’t have one
  11. Compliment a stranger
  12. Let a driver merge onto a busy road

We support RAOKs and encourage all to spread the love and make someone smile—you’ll smile too as a result. We definitely love results!

American ❤️ Month

by Staff Blogger | February 18th, 2020

In late 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared February as American Heart Month, making February 1964 the first nationally recognized American Heart Month in United States History. The declaration intended to raise awareness for cardiovascular disease, which remains the leading cause of death in the U.S.

Raising awareness increases public education of risk factors for cardiovascular disease as well as how best to combat and treat this disease. Advancements in medicine are improving prevention and treatment options.

The best chance of avoiding cardiovascular disease remains awareness and avoidance of risk factors, including but not limited to: obesity, physical inactivity, high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

It’s important to be aware of which risk factors pertain to us. Millions of people have high blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, be sure to see your doctor regularly and take whatever medication is prescribed to you in order to keep it under control. The majority of risk factors are fortunately things we can oftentimes make great strides towards dealing with on our own. With high cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity, we can make great improvements to our bodies through eating healthy and getting some physical activity in throughout the week. In addition to eating well and exercising, there are a few other important ways for us to prevent heart disease, such as managing any conditions like high blood pressure and cholesterol and avoiding smoking cigarettes. If you’re already a smoker, try to scale it back, and eventually quit completely. 

If you’re unsure if you’re at risk of cardiovascular disease, then go see your doctor. Be aware of the risk factors your doctor believes pertain to you and take steps to minimize their impact on your body through healthy lifestyle habits. Try to maintain a consistent exercise plan and a healthy and well-balanced diet.

At Judd Shaw Injury Law, our team is dedicated to helping others. Our dedicated #WeHeart month seeks, in part, to keep the awareness alive and well so you can live well too!

We ❤️ Referrals Month

by Staff Blogger | February 4th, 2020

February, the “month of love,” is the American Heart Month and celebrates Valentine’s Day. Do you feel the love?

Judd Shaw Injury Law is off to a great start this year, and we have so much to appreciate! To join in on the love, we’ve designated February as our “We Heart Referrals” month.

We feel passionate about our fight against insurance companies, and we’re honored to represent our clients. From injured parties hurt by the negligence of another, workers hurt on the job, and medical providers wrongly denied PIP reimbursements, we fight hard to collect against the insurance giants. We’ve never represented insurance companies like Geico, Allstate, NJM, State Farm, Nationwide, Progressive, and so many others. We put our hearts into our Injury Litigation, Workers’ Compensation, and NJ/NY PIP No-Fault Arbitration practice groups.

We ❤️ our clients, and their demand for justice becomes our pursuit for justice. A relationship of trust is so important. That’s why a referral from a friend or family member is the greatest compliment we can receive. It means that not only are we doing our job, but our clients trust us to represent their friends or loved ones.

We would be proud to represent your referral. We will treat your family like our family. If you or someone you know has been hurt, do not hesitate to Demand Justice. Demanding Judd is the first step to fighting for the compensation you deserve. We’re ready to put our hearts and fight into the people you love.

#WeHeartReferrals