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Common causes of commercial truck crashes

Imagine this scenario. You are driving along a New Jersey highway and traffic jams you up in such a way that you end up next to a semitrailer truck. Vehicles are moving, but not as fast as you'd like. Eventually, you begin to experience a great desire to just break away from the pack so that you can get away from the monster.

The feeling is understandable. That truck is four or five times larger than your vehicle. If it's fully loaded, it's also 20 times heavier than your vehicle. In the event of a collision, the chances are you are going to suffer the worst. If trucker negligence causing serious or deadly injury results, you have a right to seek compensation. But doing so can mean another David and Goliath battle with the trucking company and insurers. To even the odds and achieve optimal results, consult an attorney.

Are drivers more likely to text when cruise control is on?

Distracted driving can cause serious injuries and deaths out on New Jersey's roads. One common source of distraction for drivers in today's world is the smartphone. So, how likely motorists are to use their phone for texting or similar activities while driving is a significant safety issue. A recent study indicates that drivers may be more likely to engage in this type of distracted driving when they are using cruise control.

The study reviewed data coming from 270 million vehicle trips. The study found texting, app-checking and emailing while driving to be 22 percent more common among drivers using cruise control than among drivers not using this automated system. According to the study, drivers who had cruise control on engaged in these cellphone-related distractions a little over 10 percent of the time. As a note, the study did not distinguish between traditional cruise control systems and more advanced ones, like adoptive cruise control.

Bankruptcy myth busters: discussing some important topics

As is the case with many topics and issues, bankruptcy has its fair share of myths. Given the incredibly negative reputation that bankruptcy has, this isn't surprising. However, bankruptcy isn't the huge "problem" it's often portrayed as being. In fact, it's more appropriate to view bankruptcy as a solution to a problem, rather than a problem in and of itself.

Some bankruptcy myths aren't unexpected. For example, many people think that filing for bankruptcy is like asking for a permanent blemish to be added to their record and reputation. Although a bankruptcy will remain on your credit report for some time, your reputation will not be dictated by one bankruptcy filing.

What do I do to recover quickly after personal bankruptcy?

If you are considering personal bankruptcy, you may have already hit the threshold that many experts identify as the point when bankruptcy might be an appropriate legal vehicle for you to get yourself back on solid financial ground. If you have bills you cannot pay and you have no identifiable excess resources coming down the pike, consulting a professional now might be a wise move.

Bankruptcy can be complicated and timing of filing can be critical. By speaking with experienced bankruptcy counsel earlier, rather than later, you give yourself more time to explore your options. Depending on the circumstances of your case, it becomes easier to identify the right moment for filing. It might even be possible to develop a plan that avoids bankruptcy completely.

The many myths of bankruptcy

Filing for bankruptcy is a huge step in any person's life, and it's easy to be overwhelmed by the financial and emotional weight of this legal process. There are many steps involved in bankruptcy, and the complicated nature of a filing means that most people will be anxious about the outcome. There are also many fears filers will have going into the bankruptcy process-many of which are unfounded.

The myths of bankruptcy are many, so let's discuss some of them here. One of the primary fears that people have is that when they file for bankruptcy, their reputation will be ruined forever. It's the idea that once you file for bankruptcy you are somehow tainted for life, and that people will reference your bankruptcy until your final years. This simply isn't true. Many people that go through bankruptcy are able to regain their financial footing and successfully rebuild their lives in the wake of a filing. 

Provisions to include and exclude with your premarital agreement

The number of issues that can be involved in a divorce are myriad, and the divorcing spouses will bring their own varying personalities and traits to the table during the process. This means every divorce is unique, and though some matters are common among many divorces, it is unlikely that any one divorce will play out in the same way as another divorce.

Some couples take proactive steps to address potential future divorce issues in a premarital agreement (sometimes also referred to as a prenuptial agreement, prenup, or antenuptial agreement). Such an agreement is a critical document in a future divorce proceeding, but it must be appropriately crafted and completed prior to your marriage. This means you and your future spouse should consider issues related to divorce before you even get married, which can be difficult. 

NEW JERSEY EQUAL PAY ACT

An important amendment to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination ("LAD") was enacted April 24, 2018, and goes into effect July 1, 2018. Called the "Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act" ("Equal Pay Act" or "Act") this new law has important implications for employees and employers.

Truck accident in New Jersey claims life of motorcyclist

A motorcyclist was killed in Hampton, New Jersey, after a truck collided with her a couple of weeks ago. The accident happened on Route 206 and is still under investigation by the police. At this time, there are no answers to pertinent questions, such as: why did the wreck occur in the first place? Are criminal charges being considered for the truck driver?

What we know for sure, however, is that this story is yet another tragic example of the dangers posed by trucks and the incredible risk that motorcyclists take on when they go out on the road. Motorcyclists have virtually no safety equipment, with the exception of a helmet and a padded jacket. Aside from those two things, they are open to tremendous, catastrophic, and even fatal injury when they are involved in a crash.

Awarded alimony? Prepare to track the payments

There are many different issues involved in divorce. And although every case is unique, the number of issues that must be discussed will be myriad in every one. How will property division be handled? Are children involved? What are the custody, parenting time and support parameters? Did the spouses sign a prenuptial agreement before they walked down the aisle?

And then there is the matter of spousal support, which is not guaranteed to be involved or awarded in any given divorce-much like all the issues mentioned above. But when it is involved, it behooves the spouses to consider the 14 factors that go into determining the amount of spousal support that can be awarded in New Jersey. 

Has road safety plummeted in the last two years?

Fatal car accident statistics used to portray our highways as a dangerous and treacherous battle ground. In the 1960s and 1970s, fatal car accidents were occurring at a rate of 40,000 to 50,000 every single year. It wasn't until the 1990s that fatal accident statistics dropped into the low 40,000s every year, and by 2008 it dropped below 40,000. And the rates remained consistently below that threshold--until the last several years, that is.

The mid-90s to mid-twenty-tens was heralded as a sort of "golden age" for road safety, one that wouldn't stop given the amazing technological advancements in motor vehicle safety. However, that belief may have been incorrect.

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