Wednesday, 04 January 2017 19:51

New Jersey Traffic Deaths Way Up in 2016

 

 

One of our resolutions for 2017 is to write some blog posts that aren't centered around gloom and/or doom. Well, I guess we'll have to try harder next time....

 

New Jersey Traffic Deaths Increasing

New Jersey traffic accidents lead to over 600 people tragically dying in 2016, according to a report released this week by the New Jersey state police. 

The number of fatalities occurring on the highways of New Jersey had been declining for several years, reaching a 20-year low back in 2013. However, since that time, the numbers are unfortunately trending back up and traffic experts have been pointing to a few primary reasons:

New Jersey Deadly Accidents in 2016 - The Numbers

You can find the full reports for last year and previous years here on the State Police website.  Below are some key numbers that stood out to us as Elizabeth, New Jersey accident lawyers. 

Fatal Crashes and Fatalities

  • The total number of fatal crashes in 2016: 576 (54 more deadly accidents than 2015)
  • The total number of fatalities from these crashes in 2016: 607 (45 more fatalities than 2015)

Breakdown of Victims in New Jersey Fatal Accidents

  • 333 were drivers of motor vehicles
  • 90 were passengers
  • 18 were pedalcyclists
  • 166 were pedestrians- Studies have shown that pedestrian accident rates increase as distracted driving frequency increases

New Jersey Fatal Accidents - Breakdown by New Jersey County

County Fatalities Fatal Accidents
Atlantic County 40 39
Bergen County 36 33
Burlington County 50 49
Camden County 37 36
Cape May County 12 11
Cumberland County 32 29
Essex County 45 42
Gloucester County 27 27
Hudson County 26 24
Hunterdon County 11 10
Mercer County 21 21
Middlesex County 48 44
Monmouth County 49 46
Morris County 21 20
Ocean County 42 40
Passaic County 22 22
Salem County 15 14
Somerset County 19 18
Sussex County 12 12
Union County 27 26
Warren County 15 13

 

 Check Out Our Video: THE TOP 5 THINGS TO DO IF YOU ARE IN A CAR ACCIDENT

 

Elizabeth, New Jersey Accident Injury Lawyers

We give personal attention to all of our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, car accident or a distracted driving crash, call us today at 908-352-2323. If you prefer contacting our accident lawyers via email, please click here.

Our car and truck accident injury lawyers serve clients throughout New Jersey and New York. This includes the cities of Newark, Elizabeth, Union and Jersey City. We cover Morris, Bergen, Hudson, Union and Middlesex counties. Our accident lawyers have offices in Elizabeth, New Jersey and in New York City.

 

 

Sources:

NJ.com

NBC4 Columbus

New Jersey State Police website

 

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released their final data for 2015 and the numbers are alarming. As Elizabeth, New Jersey accident lawyers and top personal injury law firm, we at Mintz & Geftic take these reports very seriously.. We represent many victims of serious accidents that are suffering with devastating injuiries. In addition, unfortunately, we at times represent the loved ones of a victime that has lost their life as a result of an accident..

According to the U.S. DOT's report, 35, 092 people were killed in traffic crashes across the country last year. These numbers include truck accidents, car accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents.

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Wednesday, 30 March 2016 13:03

Seat Back Failure

Elizabeth, New Jersey's premier personal injury lawyers providing assistance for victims of seat back failure.

Seat back failure is a serious defect in many vehicles that causes numerous injuries and fatalities every single year, often times to children. Seat back failure occurs when a car is rear-ended and the defective front seat breaks at the hinge, sending the occupant backwards into the seat behind them with great force and no restraint.

Rear-end collisions may be caused by distracted driving or texting while driving. Seat back failure can make these types of accidents far more dangerous. At Mintz & Geftic, our seat back failure attorneys have a proven track record of fighting for our clients who have been victims of motor vehicle accidents.

 

seat back failure accidents

Auto safety experts are demanding action on what they call a serious safety defect.

In early 2016, a Texas jury awarded more than a $124.5 million verdict against one automaker for a problem that car companies admit would only cost a couple of dollars to fix (CBS News). New Jersey drivers, especially those that are parents of young children, need to be aware of the serious danger that seat back failure presents.

The types of cases that our motor vehicle accident lawyers handle include:

Brain Injuries and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI); Bicycle Accidents; Bus Accidents; Drunk Driving Accidents; Distracted Driving; Garden State Parkway Accidents; Head-On Collisions; Seat Back Failure Accidents; Intersection Accidents; Seat Back Failure Accidents; Motorcycle Accidents; New Jersey Turnpike Accidents; Rear-End Collisions; Rollover Accidents; Spinal Cord Injuries;Uninsured/Underinsured Accidents; and Wrongful Death Accidents.

 

 

Elizabeth, New Jersey Seat Back Failure lawyers

Our Elizabeth, New Jersey Seat Back Failure lawyers give personal attention to all of our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident or has been a victim of seat back failure, call us today at 908-352-2323 or send us email by clicking here to evaluate your case.

Our Elizabeth, New Jersey car accident injury lawyers serve clients throughout New Jersey and New York, including the cities of Newark, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Hackensack, and Morris, Bergen, Hudson, Union and Middlesex counties. We have offices in Elizabeth, New Jersey and New York City.

WE WILL FIGHT FOR YOU!

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Wednesday, 09 March 2016 19:44

Are Your Kids Really Safe in the Back Seat?

There have been a number of changes to safety recommendations over the years when it comes to children riding in cars, but one key message has remained constant. That constant message has been that the safest place for kids to sit is in the back seat. However, recent investigations and lawsuits have brought to light seat back failure, a major safety issue that is leaving parents everywhere feeling unnerved. In fact, one such lawsuit ended this week when a Texas jury ordered Volkswagen’s Audi unit to pay $124.5 million to an 11-year old boy who was left brain-damaged in a 2012 accident (per CBS News).

Seat back failure is a serious defect in many vehicles that causes numerous injuries and fatalities every single year, often times to children. Seat back failure occurs when a car is rear-ended and the defective front seat breaks at the hinge, sending the occupant backwards into the seat behind them with great force and no restraint. The crash test video below from 2010 illustrates this danger.

 

As scary as the thought of seat back failure occurring may be, many might assume that a vehicle having defective or poorly designed seats is a rare occurrence. However, the regulation in place for vehicle seats, Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 207, has been widely criticized since its inception decades ago. In fact, the standard for seat back strength has been set so low that auto safety advocates have indicated that seats in some cars are no better than garden or beach chairs.

One other common misconception is that seat back failure could only occur during high-speed collisions. In reality, even low or moderate-speed collisions can lead to seat back failure with deadly results. In one case, a 5-year old girl in Kentucky was killed when her family’s vehicle was rear-ended by a pickup truck traveling an estimated 24 mph. The young girl’s heart ruptured after the front passenger seat collapsed backward. Unfortunately, while just one story like this is too many, there is a long list of similar tragedies that have occurred as a result of seat back failure

In upcoming blogs, we will continue to dig deeper into this topic. We will explore who else might be at risk from seat back failure, look into which automakers have been involved in related lawsuits and discuss some precautions that parents can take to help minimize the risk of injury.

 

 

New Jersey and New York Seat Back Failure Attorneys

We give personal attention to all of our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call us today at 908-352-2323 or send us email by clicking here to evaluate your case.

Our car accident injury attorneys serve clients throughout New Jersey and New York, including the cities of Newark, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Hackensack, and Morris, Bergen, Hudson, Union and Middlesex counties. We have offices in Elizabeth, New Jersey and New York City.

WE WILL FIGHT FOR YOU!

 

 

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This is the third blog in our series on lower back pain typically caused by slip and falls, construction accidents, work accidents, car accidents, truck accidents, and other crashes that occur regularly on the highways of New Jersey. In the first blog, we discussed the different types of lower back injuries like herniated discs, bulging discs, and back fractures, and in the second blog we discussed the common diagnostic tests such as x-rays, CT scans, MRI scans, and nerve studies or EMGs.

Here, we will tell you about the types of treatments that victims of these accidents often undergo to help find relief. The initial recommendation is usually rest and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. Often times, the lower back pain people suffer from as a result of accidents involve muscle spasms that should heal up within a few weeks.  However, in the first week or so, it is difficult to decipher the extent of the injury and whether it is something that will heal up with rest or a condition that will linger. 

Chiropractic treatment may be used to provide pain relief and is regularly a first line treatment. Physical therapy is sometimes used to strengthen the surrounding muscles and help with mobility. After this conservative treatment, some patients undergo a series of epidural steroid injections.

For individuals with herniated discs who cannot obtain relief with the above treatments, surgery may be an option.  Surgery is the last line of treatment and is usually considered in cases in which a patient has incapacitating pain or weakness.  Surgery is usually an option when:

  • Conservative measures do not work
  • Back pain radiates to the legs and buttocks
  • Pain is constant and interferes with the quality of someone’s life
  • Neurological deficits like weakness or numbness in the legs
  • Difficulty standing or walking

There are some emergent situations with disc herniation that requiring emergent back surgery, such as: severe weakness in both legs; bowel or bladder dysfunction; and loss of sensation in the groin area.  These symptoms may be a sign of cauda equina syndrome (see image below), which occurs when something is compressing on the spinal nerve roots. Without immediate surgery to address cauda equina syndrome, a person can suffer from permanent incontinence and/or paralysis.

Mintz Geftic cauda equina syndrome attorneys

Like most personal injuries, when it comes to lower back pain, obtaining immediate medical attention is crucial so that the appropriate diagnosis may be made. In an upcoming blog, we will address the different treatments that patients typically receive for lower back pain. At Mintz & Geftic, our lawyers and support staff do our best to make sure our clients not only receive excellent guidance on legal issues, but that they also see the best doctors in our area to help them recover from their injuries.

 

Elizabeth, New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers

Our Elizabeth, New Jersey Personal Injury lawyers give personal attention to all of our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured, call us today at 908-352-2323 or send us email by clicking here to evaluate your case.

Our Elizabeth, New Jersey Personal Injury lawyers  serve clients throughout New Jersey and New York, including the cities of Newark, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Hackensack, and Morris, Bergen, Hudson, Union and Middlesex counties. We have offices in Elizabeth, New Jersey and New York City.

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In our last blog, we discussed the various types of lower back injuries that are typically caused by car accidents, slip and falls, construction accidents, and work accidents. We discussed conditions like herniated discs, bulging discs, and pars fractures, all of which cause lower back pain. Diagnostic tests are helpful tools used to determine the specific cause of the lower back pain. However, arriving at an accurate clinical diagnosis requires that any diagnostic test be correlated with the patient's back pain symptoms and physical exam.

The most common diagnostic tests include:

  • X-Ray: This test provides information on the bones in the spine. An x-ray is often used to check for spinal instability (such as spondylolisthesis), tumors and fractures.
  • CT Scan: This test is a very detailed x-ray that includes cross section images. CT scans provide details about the bones in the spine. They may also be used to check for specific conditions, such as a herniated disc or spinal stenosis. CT scans tend to be less accurate for spinal disorders than MRI scans.
  • MRI Scan: An MRI scan is particularly useful to assess certain conditions by providing detail of the intervertebral disc and nerve roots (which may be irritated or pinched). MRI scans are useful to rule out spinal infections or tumors.
  • Nerve studies (electromyography, or EMG): This test measures the electrical impulses produced by the nerves and the responses of your muscles. This test can confirm nerve compression caused by herniated disks or narrowing of your spinal canal (spinal stenosis).
  • Bone Scan: In rare cases, your doctor may use a bone scan to look for bone tumors or compression fractures caused by osteoporosis.

Like most personal injuries, when it comes to lower back pain, obtaining immediate medical attention is crucial so that the appropriate diagnosis may be made. In an upcoming blog, we will address the different treatments that patients typically receive for lower back pain. At Mintz & Geftic, our lawyers and support staff do our best to make sure our clients not only receive excellent guidance on legal issues, but that they also see the best doctors in our area to help them recover from their injuries.

 

 

Elizabeth, New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers

Our Elizabeth, New Jersey Personal Injury lawyers give personal attention to all of our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured, call us today at 908-352-2323 or send us email by clicking here to evaluate your case.

Our Elizabeth, New Jersey Personal Injury lawyers  serve clients throughout New Jersey and New York, including the cities of Newark, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Hackensack, and Morris, Bergen, Hudson, Union and Middlesex counties. We have offices in Elizabeth, New Jersey and New York City.

WE WILL FIGHT FOR YOU!

 

 

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Whether you are in a small fender bender in a parking lot or a high speed crash on the Garden State Parkway or New Jersey Turnpike, car crashes at any speed or impact often result in lower back injuries. After a car accident, back pain can sometimes set in right away. However, in many cases, back pain isn’t evident until weeks after the accident. In fact, many of the clients we have seen over the years at Mintz & Geftic have experienced this delayed onset of lower pack pain, often days or weeks after their accident.

While many of our client's back injuries have resulted from car accidents, we have seen clients suffering with lower back pain as a result of a variety of incidents. These include slip and falls, construction accidents and a number of other personal injury accidents.

Lower back pain could be caused by a number of conditions, and locating the exact cause of lower back pain is not always a simple task. The following are some causes of back pain.

 

  • Bulging disc (protruding, herniated, or ruptured disc): As discs degenerate and weaken, cartilage can bulge or be pushed into the space containing the spinal cord or a nerve root, resulting in pain. This protrusion or bulge can put pressure on the surrounding nerve roots which can lead to pain that radiates down the back and/or other areas of the body depending on the location of the bulging disc.
  • Sciatica: Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down the leg. This condition most commonly occurs when a herniated disk, bone spur on the spine or narrowing of the spine (spinal stenosis) compresses part of the nerve. This causes inflammation, pain and often some numbness in the affected leg.
  • Spinal degeneration: This is caused by disc wear and tear can lead to a narrowing of the spinal canal. A person with spinal degeneration may experience stiffness in the back upon awakening or may feel pain after walking or standing for a long time. Degeneration puts car accident victims at an increased risk for serious disc problems.
  • Spondylolysis or Pars Defect or Pars Fracture: This is when there is a crack in the bony posterior (rear) portion of the spinal column. This type of fracture usually occurs in the pars and can lead to a persistent pars defect after the fracture has been completed. See images below from the Hospital of Special Surgery:

View from the side

pars fracture side

 

 

 

 

View from the top

pars fracture top

 

 

 

 

 

Like most personal injuries, obtaining immediate medical attention is crucial so that the appropriate diagnosis may be made and early intervention and treatment can be started. At Mintz & Geftic, our lawyers and support staff can help guide you through the process from the very beginning. Please contact us right away if you or a loved one is ever injured in an accident and keep an eye out for our upcoming blogs, where we will address diagnostics and treatment.

 

Elizabeth, New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers

Our Elizabeth, New Jersey personal injury lawyers give personal attention to all of our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured, call us today at 908-352-2323 or send us email by clicking here to evaluate your case.

Our Elizabeth, New Jersey accident lawyers  serve clients throughout New Jersey and New York, including the cities of Newark, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Hackensack, and Morris, Bergen, Hudson, Union and Middlesex counties. We have offices in Elizabeth, New Jersey and New York City.

WE WILL FIGHT FOR YOU!

 

 

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Monday, 04 January 2016 15:21

2015 Fatal Crashes on New Jersey Roadways

Initial reports indicate that fatal crashes on New Jersey’s major roadways decreased slightly in 2015 as compared to previous years. The breakdown of who was killed in these motor vehicle accidents, and where they occurred, may surprise some readers.

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Tuesday, 18 August 2015 17:53

Put Down The Cellphone

Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers

When you get behind the wheel, think about putting down the cellphone and listening to some music. The National Safety Council has estimated that 1 in 4 car crashes involve cell phone use.

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This week, in Maida v. Kuskin, the New Jersey Supreme Court addressed an important aspect of civil reservations.

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