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Top 10 Dangerous Facts About the 4th of July!

Elizabeth, New Jersey Lawyers Fourth of July Fireworks

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Warning: The following article might be considered a buzzkill

Yep, your favorite law firm is back to add a little gloom and doom to another joyous holiday.

We’ve already reminded you about Santa’s injury risk during the Christmas season and about how deadly the roads are on Memorial Day. Heck, holiday or not, we’ve even made some people start looking twice at every manhole cover that they walk by.

The Fourth of July in New Jersey

The 4th of July weekend is here. Independence Day in New Jersey means barbecues, fun with family and friends, hitting the Jersey Shore, or maybe all of the above for some residents of the Garden State.

Of course, as New Jersey lawyers for the seriously injured, we at Mintz & Geftic tend to look at the other things that come along with the Fourth of July; blowing things up, dangerous driving, drinking in the hot sun, and again, maybe all of the above for some New Jersey residents.

What’s the most common cause of injury on the Fourth of July?

What type of fireworks device causes the most injuries?

The answers might surprise you. See our list below for these answers and more interesting facts.

Top 10 Dangerous Facts About the Fourth of July

  1. On average, 230 people go to the emergency room each day with fireworks-related injuries in the two weeks before and after the Fourth of July.
  2. Fireworks were involved in an estimated 11,900 injuries treated in U.S. Hospital emergency rooms during the calendar year of 2015.

  3. The type of fireworks device causing the most injuries over the Fourth of July in 2015 were sparklers, with 1,900 estimated injuries.

  4. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.

  5. When it comes to fireworks-related injuries, the body part(s) most injured are the hands and fingers.

  6. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for 26 percent of the estimated fireworks injuries in 2015.
  7. In 2013, fireworks caused an estimated 15,600 reported fires, including 1,400 structural fires, 200 vehicle fires, and 14.000 outside and other fires.

  8. The National Safety Council estimates indicate 582 people may be killed and an additional 66,900 may be seriously injured in motor vehicle crashes during the four-day Fourth of July holiday weekend. This makes car accidents the leading cause of injury, by far, on the Fourth of July weekend.
  9. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been tracking car crash statistics for over 25 years, and they show that, on average, 51% of all fatal automobile accidents on the 4th of July are related to alcohol. This is more than any other holiday.

  10. And finally, an estimated 150 million hot dogs will be consumed on the 4th of July.

 

All of us at Mintz & Geftic wish you and your families a very happy and safe Fourth of July!

 

Elizabeth, New Jersey Injury Lawyers

All personal injury negligence cases require NO FEE unless we are successful in securing you a recovery to compensate you for your injuries and pain and suffering. 

We give personal attention to all of our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured in any type of accident call us today at 908-352-2323.

If you or a loved one received serious injuries in a truck accidentcar accidentconstruction accidenttrain accidentrailroad accident, or were injured in a pedestrian accident, call Elizabeth, New Jersey accident lawyers today at 908-352-2323.

If you or a loved one has been hurt at work and suffered work-related injured call Elizabeth, New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyers today at 908-352-2323.

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

We represent clients suffering with spinal cord injuryback injuryburn injurybroken bones and traumatic brain injury

If you are enduring physical pain and suffering, mental pain and suffering, permanent disability, disfigurement, lost wages, medical expenses or any other hardship resulting from an accident please contact us today for a free consultation

If you are a victim of medical malpractice, contact New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers today. Medical mistakes happen and we are here to help you understand the law. These mistakes include surgical errors, doctor or nursing mistakes, birth injuriesemergency room negligence and hospital negligence.

If you prefer contacting our Elizabeth, New Jersey personal injury lawyers via email, please click here.

All personal injury negligence cases require NO FEE unless we are successful in securing you a recovery to compensate you for your injuries and pain and suffering. 

WE WILL FIGHT FOR YOU!

Sources:

 CSPC.gov

NFPA.org

NSC.org

NHTSA.gov

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Texting Blocked on iPhones for Drivers?

Distracted Driving in New Jersey. Texting Blocked on iPhones. New Jersey Injury LawyersNew Jersey Distracted Driving

What happens when you are driving along the roads of New Jersey and your phone dings with a notification or message? Do you resist the urge to check it? Unfortunately, many people are not resisting the temptation of their iPhones and the numbers of accident-related injuries and deaths from distracted driving are climbing.

Do you ever see other drivers staring endlessly at their phones and wonder if they might actually be watching a whole movie as they navigate through traffic on the NJ Turnpike?

Do you ever see other drivers typing like crazy on their phones and think they are trying to do their taxes as they swerve along the Garden State Parkway?

As the matinee motorists enjoy their movie and the automobile accountants crunch their numbers, all of us driving on the roads of New Jersey are being put in harm’s way.

Apple is trying to do something about it.

 

iPhone to Block Texting?

With the increased number of car accidents, truck accidents and pedestrian accidents caused by distracted driving, the pressure has been put on both smartphone makers and auto manufacturers to come up with solutions. With that in mind, Apple has announced a plan that they hope will cut down on the number of distracted drivers.

The new feature is called “Do Not Disturb While Driving” and it will be launched as part of Apple’s iOS 11 upgrade in the coming months. With this new feature, the phone will withhold any notifications for things like text messages, instant messages and news updates. It will be active whenever the car is moving and an iPhone is connected using a cable or via Bluetooth.

“Do Not Disturb While Driving” will still allow users to send automatic text replies telling those trying to contact them that they’re driving and unable to respond.

 

Apple’s Do Not Disturb While Driving – Will it Help?

As New Jersey Accident Lawyers, we have represented clients that have been involved in serious car and truck accidents where distracted driving has played a role. These clients have endured major injuries ranging from broken bones and back injuries to severe burns and traumatic brain injuries.

Many victims of distracted driving accidents endure a great deal of pain and suffering, both physical and mental. These victims often face financial hardships from the medical expenses that pile up. These financial hardships are compounded further when these victims are also dealing with lost wages from being unable to work due to their accident injuries.

In some cases, seriously injured accident victims are faced with permanent disability or disfigurement…and of course, many accident victims aren’t even that “lucky,” with the NHTSA estimating there were 3,477 fatalities in 2015 because of distracted driving.

As we at Mintz & Geftic often see first-hand the dangers caused by distracted driving and the effects these crashes have on injured victims, we view any step to cut down on this epidemic as a positive step. If this new feature can save lives and reduce the number of major injuries that result from distracted driving, then yes it will definitely help.

“Do Not Disturb While Driving” – The Loophole

We acknowledge this new feature from Apple is clearly a step in the right direction, However, one thing not highlighted by many announcements we have seen in the news, is that this new feature will come with a passenger override option. While we’ll see the specifics when the software rolls out, it sounds like the motorist will simply be able to select this override option and continue texting and driving as they please.

Again, Apple should get credit for starting to get drivers to focus on the road. However, we all know that drivers that are determined to use their phones on the road will still do so if given the option.

What do you think?

Stay tuned to our blog for updates on this important issue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth, New Jersey Injury Lawyers

All personal injury negligence cases require NO FEE unless we are successful in securing you a recovery to compensate you for your injuries and pain and suffering. 

We give personal attention to all of our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured in any type of accident call us today at 908-352-2323.

If you or a loved one received serious injuries in a truck accident, car accident, construction accident, train accident, railroad accident, or were injured in a pedestrian accident, call Elizabeth, New Jersey accident lawyers today at 908-352-2323.

If you or a loved one has been hurt at work and suffered work-related injured call Elizabeth, New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyers today at 908-352-2323.

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

We represent clients suffering with spinal cord injury, back injury, burn injury, broken bones and traumatic brain injury

If you are enduring physical pain and suffering, mental pain and suffering, permanent disability, disfigurement, lost wages, medical expenses or any other hardship resulting from an accident please contact us today for a free consultation

If you are a victim of medical malpractice, contact New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers today. Medical mistakes happen and we are here to help you understand the law. These mistakes include surgical errors, doctor or nursing mistakes, birth injuries, emergency room negligence and hospital negligence.

If you prefer contacting our Elizabeth, New Jersey personal injury lawyers via email, please click here.

All personal injury negligence cases require NO FEE unless we are successful in securing you a recovery to compensate you for your injuries and pain and suffering. 

WE WILL FIGHT FOR YOU!

New Jersey Pedestrian Alert! – Top NJ Accident Lawyers

“Pedestrians now account for the largest proportion of traffic fatalities recorded in the past 25 years” (GHSA.org)

The latest numbers are alarming when it comes to pedestrian accidents in New Jersey and around the country. As New Jersey accident lawyers, we at Mintz & Geftic represent clients that have been injured in all types of serious accidents. This includes car accidents, truck accidents, construction accidents, motorcycle accidents, as well as accidents involving pedestrians.

Readers in some of the state’s more rural counties might not face a major threat when it comes to pedestrian accidents. However, here in Elizabeth and in surrounding cities like Newark and Jersey City, residents deal with these dangers on a daily basis.

New Jersey Pedestrian Accident Lawyers – The Facts

Nationwide

  • In 2015, 35,092 people were killed in traffic accidents. This includes truck accidents, car accidents and pedestrian accidents.
  • Of that total number of people killed, 5,376 of the traffic deaths were pedestrians.
  • In addition, an estimated 70,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic crashes nationwide (NHTSA).
  • On average, a pedestrian was killed every 1.6 hours and injured every 7.5 minutes in traffic crashes.

New Jersey

  •  In 2015, New Jersey had a total of 562 traffic fatalities. This includes all accidents, including truck accidents, car accidents and pedestrian accidents.
  • Of those 562 people that lost their lives in accidents, 170 were pedestrians.
  • The 170 pedestrians deaths make up 30.2% of the total traffic fatalities. This number was the highest among all states in 2015.

Union County

The image below shows the location of Pedestrian Fatalities in Union County from 2012-2014

New Jersey Accident Injury Lawyers

Union County Pedestrian Accidents

New Jersey Pedestrian Accident Lawyers – When and Where?

This graphic from an NHTSA report gives a good breakdown of certain factors involving pedestrian accidents and pedestrian fatalities:

New Jersey Pedestrian Accident Injury Lawyers Mintz & Geftic of Elizabeth, NJ

Pedestrian Accident Death Statistics

New Jersey Pedestrian Accident Lawyers – Why The Increase?

There are a number of factors that might be involved when it comes to the increase in accidents and pedestrian fatalities. One primary reason that all traffic experts point to is the increased usage of smart phones. The distracted driving that is occurring on our roads these days has reached unprecedented levels, putting both drivers and pedestrians at great risk. .

Unfortunately, until we all put down the cellphone, these increases are likely to continue.

 

Elizabeth, New Jersey Accident 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, construction accident, or were injured as a pedestrian, 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. 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:

Tri-State Transportation Campaign

NHTSA

Important Alert for New Jersey Uber Passengers & Drivers

A New Jersey bill has been signed into law that will regulate ride sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft in the Garden State. This new law, known as the Transportation Network Company (TNC) Safety and Regulatory Act, includes some important info that effects both drivers and passengers.

Here’s the top things you should know:

Insurance Coverage for Uber Passengers Injured in Accidents

In the past, auto insurance companies have told ride-share passengers injured in accidents that their personal policies would not cover them. Under this new law, every passenger will now be covered. As New Jersey accident lawyers, this part of the law is something that will be a big help for our clients and all New Jersey ride-share passengers.

Under the new law, passengers suffering from accident injuries when riding in an Uber or Lyft vehicle will now have medical coverage. This policy will provide up to $1.5 million in coverage for passengers that are injured.

Anyone that has ever been injured in an accident knows how quickly medical bills can pile up. Whether it’s a severe back or neck injury, traumatic brain injury, bone fractures or any other accident-related injury, the cost for treatment can be substantial.

As New Jersey accident lawyers, our clients have had to undergo MRI’s, physical therapy and several other treatments to help them recover. These bills add up quickly and it is good to know passengers of Uber and Lyft will now have the necessary coverage to help them get the proper care for their injuries.

New Jersey Uber & Lyft Drivers – Mandatory Background Checks

Another key aspect of this new law is that all New Jersey Uber, and other ride-share, drivers must now undergo a driving and criminal background check. “Drivers would be banned from employment by a ride sharing company if they had been convicted of homicide, sexual assault, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, reckless driving and possession or sale of a controlled dangerous substance.” (NJ.com)

Are These Background Checks Enough?

While these mandatory background checks are a step towards safer ride-sharing experiences, critics don’t feel it is enough. These critics think that the new law should have required drivers background checks to include fingerprinting rather than just name checks. Fingerprinting would provide more thorough records and put Uber drivers on a level playing field with New Jersey’s chauffeurs.

Uber has argued that riders submitting feedback on their drivers is basically a form of ongoing safety checks, but that sounds like some corporate spin from where I’m sitting.

While fingerprint checking is something that should happen sooner rather than later, this new law is still a step in the right direction. The insurance coverage for passengers will allow people with major injuries to get the care they need and deserve.

 

Elizabeth, New Jersey Uber Accident Injury Lawyers

We give personal attention to all of our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, 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. 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.