Summit, NJ Personal Injury Law Blog

Are teenage drivers responsible for more accidents?

Every year a new wave of drivers joins the road. These teenage drivers have the reputation for being more dangerous than experienced drivers. The assumption is that their lack of experience combined with unsafe driving practices lead to more car accidents and traffic violations.

The question is whether these beliefs have the support of objective evidence. Should you truly be more concerned about teenage drivers or is this negative reputation based on unfounded claims? Most statistics paint a picture that your fear of teenage drivers is understandable.

Stay safe swimming this summer

The mercury is rising and there’s no better way to cool off than going for a dip in the pool, a lake or the ocean. Not only is swimming refreshing, it’s good exercise and it’s a great way to spend a day with your friends and family.

But when you do go swimming, it’s important to keep safety in mind. Drowning killed 3,709 people in the United States in 2017, the majority of them children. But by following a few easy safety tips, you can make sure your whole family has a fun time in the water.

Watch out for icicles this spring

Most of us know to watch for ice as we’re walking on sidewalks. Slip and fall injuries are especially common in winter. Yet, we can’t forget to look above us for icicles. Icicles form on roofs, doorways and powerlines. The higher up they are, the more dangerous they are. An icicle falling from 30 stories has a velocity between 80-90 miles per hour and about 1,000 pounds of force. This poses significant risks to people walking beneath icicles.

Spring is most dangerous

Is cell phone use behind the wheel banned in New Jersey?

Most drivers are aware of how dangerous cell phone use can be behind the wheel, but that doesn't stop some motorists from using their devices anyway. Distracted driving accidents can cause serious injuries and fatalities.

New Jersey laws address distracted driving, but how exactly do those rules attempt to curb driver behavior?

Snow removal is no cakewalk

As we trudge through the winter months, lurching from snowstorm to cold snap to snowstorm to cold snap, there is one unceasing, wearying constant: shoveling snow.

Handling the accumulated weight of the flakes is no easy task and can result in slips, falls and injuries.

Who is responsible for clearing sidewalks of ice and snow?

In the wintertime, one of the worst things that can happen is walking down the sidewalk and slipping on a patch of ice that was not taken care of. You’re injured now and do not know who to turn to in order to receive compensation for your injury. Is the city responsible? Is the owner of the property? Who is responsible for clearing sidewalks of ice and how can you gain compensation for your injuries after a slip and fall in the winter?

Winter-related slip and falls have doubled in past years, which is why it is important to know who should take responsibility for an injury.

Slip and Fall On Snow and Ice

We recently had two significant recoveries on slip and fall cases involving snow and ice in parking lots. The first was a $1,650,000 award to a woman who fractured her ankle and died of a pulmonary embolism six weeks later and second, $425,000 to a gentleman who injured both shoulders and required surgery. These successful results were achieved in part to using more than one liability expert for each case, including an engineer who also runs a snow plow contracting company, an expert in shopping center management and a civil engineer specializing in construction and design defects. We are always ready to discuss any possible premises liability claim you may have and will use our experience and resources to get you the best possible result.  Please direct any inquiries to Michael Ventura at [email protected].

IRS Increases Annual Exclusion

The IRS has recently released the numbers for applicable exclusions for the federal estate tax and the annual exclusion amount for gift taxes. The federal estate tax exemption amount will increase to $5,450,000 as of January 1, 2016. The annual exclusion amount for gift taxes will remain $14,000 per recipient for the 2016 calendar year. There is also a new law that requires the filer of federal estate tax returns to provide a statement of basis to the IRS and beneficiaries, which was set to apply as of August 1, 2015, but has been deferred pending IRS finalization of the procedure. As expected, there has not yet been any movement with respect to the New Jersey State Estate Tax filing threshold, which remains $675,000. If you are concerned that any of these items may have an impact on your estate plan, or otherwise would like to discuss them, please contact me at [email protected] at your convenience. 


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