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I Thought It Was a Puddle: Black Ice Driving Danger

By Lependorf & Silverstein on January 8, 2018

New Jersey winters are unforgiving. It is a hassle, but we must take additional precautions in our daily lives just to make sure we stay warm and safe. One of these involves being extra-cautious while driving. Getting behind the wheel is already the most dangerous thing most Americans do each day, and adding dangerous winter factors like black ice, snow, and even regular ice can make it that much worse. You may think that crashes involving icy roads are only caused by careless drivers, but everyday drivers who think they are driving cautiously can be surprised by black ice and lose control of their vehicles, too. Read the rest »

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Is There Weather You Shouldn’t EVER Drive In?

By Lependorf & Silverstein on October 22, 2017

Most people who live in New Jersey can handle driving in a little bit of rain, snow, or when the roads are slightly icy. And while these conditions are not ideal, residents learn to live with them as they’re all a part of living in the Garden State. But there are certain conditions in which people should never drive, no matter how good a driver they are. Read the rest »

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Summer Road Trip Safety Tips

By Lependorf & Silverstein on August 5, 2017

road-trip-1246530_1920The warm weather and longer daylight hours make summer the perfect time to plan a road trip. Whether you’re heading out on a solo adventure or spending quality time with family or friends, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of freedom that comes from navigating the open road. However, it’s important to take the necessary steps to make your trip as safe as possible.

Before getting behind the wheel, it’s a good idea to review the safety tips our New Jersey personal injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., have provided below. Taking the right precautions can go a long way in keeping you, your passengers, and other motorists out of harm’s way while you enjoy your travels. Read the rest »

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2017 Driver Resolutions – Don’t Drive Distracted

By Lependorf & Silverstein on January 27, 2017

Distracted-driving2The new year is a time for resolutions, promises we make to ourselves to lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. For New Jersey drivers, no 2017 pledge would be more impactful than agreeing not to drive while distracted.

There is no other way to say it: distracted driving kills. Check out these statistics put out by the New Jersey Department of Law and Safety.

  • Nationwide, in 2014, an estimated 431,000 people were injured in accidents involving a distracted driver.
  • In New Jersey, distracted driving contributed to nearly 800,000 motor vehicle crashes from 2010 to 2014.
  • 10% of the drivers under age 20 involved in fatal crashes were distracted at the time of the accident.
  • Frighteningly, at any given daylight moment across the United States, approximately 660,000 drivers are using an electronic device while driving.
  • Headset cell phone use is not significantly safer than hand-held use.

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Remember to Drive Safely During the Winter Season

By Lependorf & Silverstein on January 11, 2017

car-safety-checkThis time of year is a time for family gatherings, homecomings, and reunions of friends and loved ones. That also means that this is a time of heavy travel, with people often driving long distances. The streets and highways of New Jersey will be filled with winter revelers as they return home or attend celebrations.

The increased traffic, combined with the inclement weather that is typical of this time of year, leads to a significant spike in the number of accidents and collisions. If you want to avoid having your holidays ruined by a tragic car accident, it’s imperative that you take extra precautions as you hit the roadways this year.

Unfortunately, no matter how safe a driver you are, sometimes accidents happen anyway. Determining whether an auto collision was purely an accident caused by severe winter conditions or was the fault of another party can be difficult and a number of factors come into play when deciding who was liable.

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Car Safety Check – Make Sure Your Tires are Ready for Snow

By Lependorf & Silverstein on December 9, 2016

car-snowWinter weather can be a real pain for New Jersey residents, making the roads and highways of our state difficult to drive and, in some cases, dangerous. Residents should do everything they can to prepare their motor vehicles to avoid accidents and protect themselves and their loved ones.

Here are just a few statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration you should bear in mind this winter:

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Car Safety Check – Preparing for Holiday Travel

By Lependorf & Silverstein on December 6, 2016

dui-accidentThe November and December holidays are amongst the busiest days of the year when it comes to travel. More cars are on the road as people all over the State of New Jersey travel to visit family, friends, and loved ones. Of course, with the increased traffic comes the increased risk of suffering a serious accident.

According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the six day Thanksgiving travel period sees a 54 percent increase over the average in the number of long-distance trips to and from a destination that is 50 miles or more away. During the Christmas/New Year’s holiday period, that number rises by 23 percent. With so many more vehicles, there is a directly correlated spike in the number of accidents and the number of fatalities. acerbated by a couple of factors. First off, the increased shopping around the holidays means that there are more trucks and delivery vehicles on the roads. Added to that, of course, is the fact that this period brings more extreme weather, including heavy snow, sleet, and rain.

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Car Safety Check – Replace Your Brake Pads if They’re Worn Down

By Lependorf & Silverstein on December 2, 2016

car-mechanicCar maintenance can be a difficult chore, and it’s often easier to let things slide until a problem becomes critical. Replacing brake pads is one such activity. Unfortunately, too many of us wait until it’s too late to do the simple things that will keep our vehicles safe and running smoothly.

There’s probably no part of your car that’s more essential to your safety than the ability to stop. That’s why making sure your brake pads are up to date is so important.

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New Jersey Crosswalk Accidents

By Lependorf & Silverstein on August 23, 2016

In New Jersey, pedestrians frequently use crosswalks to commute, exercise, and get across town every day. Confident that drivers are aware of their presence, an unfortunate amount of these pedestrians fall victim to accidents involving negligent drivers. Negligent driving occurs when a driver is not paying attention, or fails to take necessary steps to drive safely. Because cars can so easily injure these vulnerable pedestrians, strict laws are in place to protect the health and rights of people crossing the street. Read the rest »

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Can I Recover New Jersey Medical Bills for Facial Injuries in a Car Accident?

By Lependorf & Silverstein on March 29, 2016

In many ways, the human face is very vulnerable. Injuries to the eyes, nose, ears, or mouth can all lead to impairment of one or more senses. The skin of the face is thinner than it is on other areas of the body, which means it can be damaged more easily and may scar more severely as it heals.

During a car accident, flying glass or debris or impact against any part of the vehicle can cause serious facial injuries. If you suffer these injuries during a car accident, you may be able to recover medical bills for treating the injury. Medical bills that may be covered for facial injuries include: Read the rest »

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