New Jersey Texting While Driving Statistics

By Robert Smith | April 30, 2022 |

Did you know that New Jersey has the second highest rate of fatal crashes due to distraction in the nation? Most of these, of course, are the result of cell phone use while driving. Here are some other statistics about distracted driving. Nationwide, distracted driving is one of the 5 leading causes of motor vehicle…

What Happens if You Are Hit by a Hit-and-Run Driver in New Jersey

By Robert Smith | April 21, 2022 |

Hit and run crashes are sadly common in New Jersey. They happen for a variety of reasons. Uninsured drivers panic. Criminal drivers have warrants for their arrest. Intoxicated drivers don’t want to get caught. Whatever the reason, it’s understandable that being injured in a hit and run leaves you wondering who is going to pay…

5 Things to Discuss With Your New Jersey Personal Injury Attorney

By Robert Smith | March 12, 2022 |

Many people go their entire lives without dealing with lawyers at all. If an injury case is the first time you’ve ever dealt with one, you are hardly alone.  To prevent you from feeling overwhelmed, we’ve put together this short list of what you should expect to talk about when you meet with a personal…

Choosing the Right New Jersey Auto Insurance Policy

By Robert Smith | March 3, 2022 |

Here at Smith-Doran we pursue auto-accident related personal injury claims that meet the threshold for a lawsuit. Yet we know that our clients are often caught off-guard by insurance limits. They’ve heard the headlines on personal injury claims, and are surprised to find out that insurance companies are only going to pay up to the…

How Many New Jersey Drivers are Driving While Tired?

By Robert Smith | February 18, 2022 |

Did you know about 24% of drivers admit to having driven while so tired they could barely keep their eyes open? Probably by the time they’re that exhausted they’re already impaired, but driving while tired is as dangerous as driving while drunk. Some studies say that it’s even more dangerous. Either way, drowsy drivers cause…

How Does Personal Injury Work in a New Jersey Boating Accident?

By Robert Smith | February 11, 2022 |

New Jersey is a hotbed of activity for those who love to play in the water. Boating, water skiing, surfing, parasailing. You name it, and you can probably do it in our great state. But that means sometimes people get injured in boating accidents, and sometimes those accidents are caused by one or more negligent…

What is a New Jersey Intentional Tort?

By Robert Smith | January 21, 2022 |

Usually when people think of personal injury cases they think of accidents. Yet it is also possible to bring forth a personal injury case where someone has caused an injury on purpose.  We see these in harassment, abuse, and assault cases. Examples of Intentional Torts  A nursing home employee sexually harasses your elderly grandmother, causing…

Getting Disability Assistance During a New Jersey Personal Injury Case

By Robert Smith | January 14, 2022 |

It takes up to 18 months to finish out a personal injury case. If you can’t work during that time then you’re going to need to find some other source of income. For many, this will mean reaching for government disability benefits or for benefits from a private disability insurance company. Here’s what you need…

What New Jersey’s No-Fault System Means for Your Personal Injury Case

By Robert Smith | December 22, 2021 |

You may already be aware that New Jersey has a “no-fault” system of car accident laws. What you might not know is what that means when you actually get into a car accident. Here’s the basics. Under the no-fault system, drivers are both assumed to be a little bit at-fault for most accidents. Thus, instead…

Can I Sue My Employer if I’m Injured at Work?

By Robert Smith | December 8, 2021 |

Most people spend over a third of their life at work, and are more likely to be injured at work than almost anywhere else. It’s natural to ask yourself whether a personal injury case might be possible. For the most part the answer is “no,” because the workers compensation system exists. This system represents a…