Monday, 20 November 2017 16:35

An Autumn to Remember for Mintz & Geftic!

 

It has been a season to remember for Mintz & Geftic, and most importantly, our clients. In just the last couple of months, we have worked to obtain a number of settlements for our clients that have totaled over one million dollars.

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$120,000 settlement for an Irvington, New Jersey woman passenger in a vehicle that was struck from behind.

The rear end collision caused shoulder and knee injuries resulting in both arthroscopic shoulder and knee surgeries. She suffered from aggravation of pre-existing back injuries as well in the accident. (Essex County, New Jersey 2017)

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$100,000 settlement for an Elizabeth, NJ woman who suffered neck and shoulder injuries when involved in a rear-end car accident.

The neck injuries resulted in a cervical discectomy and fusion surgery at the C5-6 level.  The woman also underwent right shoulder arthroscopy for the shoulder injuries caused by the car accident.  The case settled for all available insurance, which comprised of $15,000 from the defendant driver and $85,000 from the client’s own underinsured motorist (UIM) protection insurance coverage. (Union County, New Jersey 2017).

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Friday, 26 May 2017 16:40

Memorial Day Weekend NJ Traffic Alert

 

More than 975,000 New Jersey residents are planning a Memorial Day trip, part of more than 39 million Americans taking a weekend getaway to kick off the summer, the highest travel volume in more than a decade. (dailyrecord.com)

As we begin this Memorial Day weekend across New jersey, many of us are looking forward to barbecues, parades or maybe even some time at the Jersey shore. For those of you planning to hit the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway or other New Jersey highways on this holiday weekend, there are some important things that drivers need to be aware of. 

As New Jersey's car accident lawyers, we at Mintz & Geftic know all too well that holiday weekends tend to bring about some of the most hazardous conditions we ever see on the roads. Unfortunately, reports are indicating that this Memorial Day Weekend will be no exception.

Whether it's car accidents, truck accidents, bus accidents, motorcycle accidents or pedestrian accidents, drivers need to be alert this Memorial Day weekend to help keep their families safe.

TOP 5 THINGS TO KNOW THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

The kickoff of summer is an exciting time for all of us, but this weekend also marks the annual start of the 100 deadliest days for drivers. Here are some facts to keep in mind and please remember to always put down that cellphone while driving.

  1. A new report by the National Safety Council estimates that 409 Americans will be killed on the road this Memorial Day weekend, the highest number since 2009 and about 100 more than in 2014. Another 47,000 will suffer from serious accident injuries.
  2. The report estimates that 159 lives may be saved this weekend if drivers wear their seat belt.
  3. AAA estimates that about 90 percent of New Jersey travelers expect to make their way by car, for a total of about 880,000 people, up 2 percent from last year. Nationally, 38 million will travel by automobile (dailyrecord.com).
  4. Booze is a big factor in all accident deaths and injuries this weekend; 44 percent of all traffic fatalities that occur over Memorial Day weekend are alcohol-related (yahoo.com
  5. Texting behind the wheel is the behavior most likely to induce road rage from fellow motorists, according to a new survey conducted on behalf of Expedia. Tailgaters and left-lane hogs tied for second place in terms of aggravating people on the roads (time.com)

Memorial Day - The True Meaning

Lastly, and most importantly, we at Mintz & Geftic wanted to express our gratitude to all of the service members that have lost their lives fighting for our freedom. In addition, we send our thoughts to the loved ones of soliders that sacrificed their lives on all of our behalf. While road trips and barbecues have become a traditional part of this weekend, we should always rememeber what this holiday truly symbolizes.

 

 

Elizabeth, New Jersey Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers

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 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.

 

sources:

Daily Record

NSC

Yahoo

Time

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Mintz & Geftic of Elizabeth, New Jersey is pleased to announce that Bryan Mintz has been selected to the 2017 New Jersey Super Lawyers list. 

This is the fourth year in a row that Mr. Mintz has received this recognition. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

 

2017 Bryan Mintz Super Lawyers badge

 

Published by Thomson Reuters, New Jersey Super Lawyers announced its new listing of attorneys who have “attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.” The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

Bryan and the lawyers of Mintz & Geftic represent the people of Elizabeth and throughout the Garden State that are suffering with serious injuries. This includes representing plaintiffs in cases involving motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, workers' compensation, medical malpractice, and more. 

 

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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Blizzard of 2017?

Who else here thought Spring had already started? I was wearing shorts at the park a couple of weeks ago thinking that we had made it through another winter. Well, maybe we all spoke too soon.

At last check, forecasts are pointing towards a major storm hitting New Jersey early next week. Will this be the Blizzard of 2017? 

Remember the Blizzard of '93?

For those thinking it's too late in the year for a blizzard, history indicates otherwise. The Blizzard of 1993 has been labeled the Storm of the Century and dumped 32 inches of snow on Elizabeth, New Jersey. When did that storm occur? March 11th and 12th of 1993. Are we in for the Storm of this Century? Or will we clear out the grocery stores this weekend only to windup with an inch or two? 

Top Winter Driving Myths

It’s a good time to separate facts from fiction when it comes to winter driving. If the Blizzard of 2017 does hit next week, please stay safe and let our great road crews do their work.

While taking it slow and putting down the cellphone will obviously help drivers avoid motor-vehicle accidents regardless of the road conditions, there are many myths out there when it comes to icy/snowy conditions. 

Myth #1: Most serious icy road crashes are caused by careless drivers.

Studies indicate that most serious weather-related car car accidents result from drivers who were NOT operating their vehicles in a careless manner. In most cases, they are driving normally at reasonable speeds when they suddenly encounter ice and crash.

 

Myth #2: I'm a good driver, and I have the skill and experience to drive highway speeds in ice and snow conditions.

On the contrary, a common factor in many of the most serious and fatal auto crashes is overconfidence in one's abilities and/or equipment.

 

Myth #3: Winter tires, 4WD, AWD, stability control, ABS and/or traction control allow for safe travel on icy roads at highway speeds.

"The reality is that there is no technology, no tire nor any vehicle type that allows SAFE travel on any type of icy road (snow, sleet or freezing rain) at speeds greater than 45mph. Not traction control, electronic stability control, 4WD, AWD, antilock brakes or the most expensive brand-new snow tires."

 

Myth #4: Everyone should buy winter tires - that would prevent most icy road accidents.

See Previous myth

 

Myth #5: The worst icy road dangers are during big winter storms.


"The road ice hazard isn't the minor fender-benders or slide-offs common during snowstorms. The real danger is the serious, highway-speed crashes during light icing events that take drivers by surprise.  Most accidents in snowstorms happen at the onset of the storm or on its fringes, where accumulations are lower."

 

Myth #6: Salt, sand and plow truck crews are there to make roads safe for high-speed travel during snow and ice conditions, 100% of the time.

New Jersey's road crews work extremely hard plowing and salting the roads to keep them passable.  However, they can only treat so many roads at a time and sometimes keeping up during a storm just isn't possible.  Regardless, even roads that are treated aren't usually in ideal condition or safe for traveling at highway speeds.

 

Myth #7: Icy roads are a bigger threat in colder climates where ice and snow is common.
"The fatality and death rates per mile and per hour of winter precipitation events are actually higher in regions that only see a handful of snow and ice events each year."

 

Elizabeth, New Jersey Accident Lawyers

Our New Jersey accident lawyers 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 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!

 

 sources:

iceroadsafety.com

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 22 November 2016 20:13

Thanksgiving: Best and Worst Times to Travel

The cold air has settled in, the last of the leaves are falling from New Jersey’s trees, the Giants are playing well and the Jets are thinking about next season….it must be the week of Thanksgiving!

Getting the chance to spend quality time with loved ones while enjoying some turkey and pumpkin pie always makes this holiday a joyous time. However, as New Jersey's premier car accident law firm, we at Mintz & Geftic also know that holiday weekends bring about some of the most hazardous conditions on our roadways. This Thanksgiving will certainly be no exception according to most travel and auto accident experts.

AAA Travel is projecting that nearly 1.25 million New Jersey residents are planning a Thanksgiving trip of at least 50 miles. With 48.7 million people expected to travel across the country this week, AAA Travel is expecting the highest Thanksgiving travel volume on our highways since 2007.

While this number includes people choosing to fly to visit family for the holiday, driving is still the primary choice for most New Jersey drivers. In fact, more than 89 percent of all travelers are expected to travel by car, meaning 1.1 million New Jersey drivers will be taking to the New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway and our other roadways in the coming days.

Best and Worst Times to Drive on Thanksgiving Weekend

The following is a breakdown of expected traffic for each day of the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend. This data incorporates reports from both Google Maps and Waze.

Tuesday: Peak traffic and accident reports from 4-8 p.m. Huge increase in usage starting from 1 p.m. until the end of the day.

Wednesday: If you need to leave on Wednesday, hit the road around 6am to avoid traffic delays. Peak traffic is from 3-7 pm, but large increase in drivers startis from 11am and continues until the end of the day. An increase of 63% in accident alerts is reported by Waze Users on this day. This includes rear-end collisions, serious injury accidents, truck accidents and other crashes due to the increased traffic.

Thursday: Driver behavior and car accident reports similar to a weekend day and not a work day.

Friday: Driver behavior and car accident reports similar to a weekend day and not a work day.

Saturday: Per Google's data, this is the worst day to return home after Thanksgiving. Their traffic data indicates that Saturday at 4pm is the busiest time, where traffic jams and accidents are increased.

Sunday: Worst day to travel after Thanksgiving according to Waze. They report that traffic jams increase by 240 percent and both car accident and truck accident reports are increased.

Monday: If people can take Monday off, traffic volume and accident reports are much lighter..

Bottom-line, avoid traveling Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday if at all possible. Otherwise, please travel safely and always remember to Put Down the Cellphone.

 

We wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels!

 

 

Elizabeth, New Jersey Accident Lawyers

Our New Jersey Accident Lawyers give personal attention to all of our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, truck accident or bus accident, call us today at 908-352-2323. You can also send us an email by clicking here.

Our Elizabeth, New Jersey Accident Lawyers represent clients who are suffering with serious injuries. This includes those with traumatic brain injury, multiple fractures, spinal cord injury, burn injury and other personal injuries as a result of an accident. Please contact us today for a free consultation so we can help 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.

At Mintz & Geftic, WE WILL FIGHT FOR YOU!

 

Sources:

USA TODAY

Daily Record

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Wednesday, 31 August 2016 18:06

New Jersey "Transportation Armageddon"

Hello fellow New Jersey drivers. Just a few quick questions for you.

  1. How would adding 72,000 commuters PER DAY to New Jersey's highways affect you? 

  2. Have you ever sat in traffic in New Jersey trying to get to the Lincoln Tunnel?

  3. What would increasing that Lincoln Tunnel traffic by an additional 25 MILES into New Jersey mean to you?

 

I'm guessing some of your possible answers were:

Question 1

How the bleep do you think it would affect me? 

How expensive is a helicopter and how long before I can learn to fly one? 

How's the job market and home prices in Montana these days?

Question 2

What the bleep do you bleeping think?!

What a dumb #*!@$ question!

Question 3

Well, if I leave by 4am every morning, I can probably make it into the city by lunchtime. 

If not Montana, maybe Kansas is a good place to move to. There's not much traffic in Kansas, right? 

New Jersey Accident Lawyers - "Travel Armageddon"

As one of New Jersey's premier auto accident law firms, we at Mintz & Geftic like to keep our readers up to date on important events affecting our roadways and transportation. Whether it's about Labor Day traffic on the Garden State Parkway with Tropical Storm Hermine heading our way or what to do when you get serious injuries in a car crash; if it affects New Jersey drivers, we want you to know about it.

With that said, how many of you are familar with the Gateway Project? For those that haven't, the Gateway Project would build two new rail tunnels under the Hudson River between New Jersey and New York, allowing the current 106-year old tunnels to be taken out of service to have flood damage from Hurricane Sandy repaired.

A group called Common Good is concerned that a red tape delay in the Gateway project would force one of those old tunnels to be closed for repairs before the new tunnels are built. If this happens, we might be writing a blog from Topeka in the near future.

We strongly suggest checking out this video from the Common Good and created by Alex Marino, a former writer for "The Daily Show".

 

 

Elizabeth, New Jersey Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers

Our accident lawyers give personal attention to all of our clients. If you or a loved one has been seriously 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 lawyers serve clients involved in bus accidents, truck accidents, rear-end accidents and pedestrian accidents.

Mintz & Geftic's accident lawyers represent 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.

 

sources: 

NJ.com - Larry Higgs - http://www.nj.com/traffic/index.ssf/2016/08/video_warns_of_transit_apocalypse_if_new_tunnels_arent_fast-tracked.html 

Common Good - Alex Marino video - www.commongood.org

 

 

 

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Editor's Note: If you are driving right now, thank you for clicking on our article but please put off reading it until later. While it might further illustrate our message, we wouldn't want anyone getting in an accident while reading about distracted driving.

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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 firework 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 firework 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.

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  7. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for 26 percent of the estimated fireworks injuries in 2015.  
  8. 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.

  9. 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.
  10. 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.

  11. 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 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 injuries 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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