Liability For A Borrowed Vehicle

Borrowed Vehicle Liability Morris County

Borrowed Vehicle Liability Morris CountyMany people are generous with their vehicles.  Whether helping a friend or family member who does not have a car or as a gesture of friendship, it is not uncommon for people to loan their vehicle to someone else.  However this is not an activity that should be done without thought and knowledge of the possible consequences.

It is critical to understand that loaning your vehicle, be it car or motorcycle, opens you to liability in cases of motor vehicle accidents or pedestrian accidents in which your vehicle may be involved. In addition catastrophic injuries that may be sustained such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries and even death can make you liable in personal injury claims or wrongful death suits.

If a vehicle you, a friend or family member loaned to someone else is involved in a accident involving injury or substantial damage to property, it is imperative to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible.  The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff has extensive experience in motor vehicle accidents in Parsippany, Hopatcong, Mt. Olive, Andover, Newton, Morristown and other towns all over both Sussex and Morris County.  Speak with Michael Burakoff about how to limit your liability in order to protect both you and your family from potentially catastrophic financial liability.  Contact us online, or through either our Morristown or Newton office at (973) 520-0525.

Loaning A Vehicle Still Makes You Liable In Sussex County And Across NJ

If you loan your vehicle to someone else and that vehicle is involved in an accident you will be liable.  It is a common misconception that car insurance is for the driver of the car.  However the truth is that, in most cases, it is the vehicle that is insured.  Loaning your vehicle means loaning your insurance.

The State of New Jersey follows a “no-fault” insurance system.  This means that every vehicle on New Jersey roads is legally required to have a personal injury protection (PIP) insurance policy. This policy is meant to pay for any medical costs for you or anyone who is injured in an accident caused by your vehicle.

In the event of an accident, even if you loaned your vehicle, your policy will be the primary coverage for any injuries or damages sustained in any accident involving your vehicle. This can mean having to pay a large deductible on your policy and can even mean a substantial increase in your insurance premium.

What Can A Rockaway Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney Do For You?

If your vehicle is involved in a crash it is important to move to reduce your liability immediately.  An experienced attorney who knows how to negotiate with insurance companies can make all the difference.  Navigating the system can be quite confusing and difficult. Though you may have a PIP policy you may still have to pay out of pocket property damage as well as other expenses.  Seeking representation is highly recommended in case of any vehicle accident and can help to reduce your exposure to liability.

Contact a Morris and Sussex County Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer

The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff  has more than 35 years of experience in helping our clients in towns across New Jersey, Morris County, and Sussex County including Andover, Roxbury, Hopatcong, Mt. Olive, Parsippany, Morristown, and Newton to reduce their exposure to liability.

Attorney Burakoff has the resources and experience to handle insurance claims and lawsuits stemming from any type of motor vehicle accident.  Contact Michael Burakoff and our legal team today for a free and confidential consultation regarding your motor vehicle accident.  Please contact us online or at our Morristown or Newton offices at (973) 520-0525.

Morris and Sussex County Car Accident Guide

The Critical Few Minutes After an Automobile Accident

Morris and Sussex County Car Accident GuideMany who have been involved in even a minor motor vehicle accident can attest that it is a very traumatic experience. Accidents can be caused by or as a result of many things; such as drunk drivers or distracted drivers or dangerous road conditions. However, no matter the cause of the accident it is important to keep your wits about you as much as possible and begin the process of recovery; be it physical, emotional or financial. An experienced attorney will help you navigate the intricacies of an auto accident claim, and help you make the critical decisions that can and will impact your future. In many cases motor vehicle accidents can result in personal injury, substantial damage to property and even, in many tragic cases, wrongful death. It is advisable to have an advocate in your corner immediately, someone who can help you establish or mitigate liability and be your representative to insurance companies or other lawyers.

Attorney Michael P. Burakoff, utilizes a family-focused approach that has earned us the respect and gratitude of our clients and their families facing difficult and traumatic situations in towns across Morris County and Sussex County, including Newton, Dover, Denville, Netcong, Hopatcong, Rockaway, Parsippany, and Morristown.

Contact us to discuss your family’s unique needs, concerns, and situation when it comes to any type of motor vehicle accident in a free and confidential consultation with our legal team today. Please call our Morristown office or our Newton office.

What to do after a Morristown Car Accident?

Immediately after an accident it is important to remain calm. First, you should ascertain if you yourself have been injured.  Next you should check on the well being of any passengers who may have been traveling with you. After that you should, to the best of your ability, see if anyone else has sustained injuries, both the vehicle occupants or if someone has been injured as a result of a pedestrian accident. If there are any injuries, anyone is in need of medical attention, and/or public or private property has been damaged as a result of the crash, law enforcement should be contacted immediately.

Studies have shown, including those done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), that it is safest to remain inside your vehicle after a motor vehicle accident as long as there is not clear and present danger.  Secondary events, accidents and fatalities can be caused by disoriented and confused accident victims when they enter a dangerous roadway after a crash.

If your vehicle is blocking the roadway, it may be best to turn on your hazard lights in order to alert other motorist of your presence.  Upon arrival of authorities the vehicles can be moved, and information should be exchanged with all parties involved such as names, addresses, phone numbers and driver’s licence numbers.

Contact a Newton NJ Car Accident Lawyer Right After the Crash

After completing all of the steps reviewed in the above sections, there is a very common course of action that many people follow and that begins with a call to their insurance company.  However, it is important to remained focused on protecting the rights of you and your loved ones, especially if serious injuries have occurred.  A claim represents a cost to Insurers. That is not to say that all insurance companies are ill willed or out to get you. However, the higher the payments made to individuals submitting claims, the lower the profits are for the insurance company.

You should avoid signing any settlement agreements, do not accept any offers, be sure to document injuries, seek treatment, and document property damage. We all have heard at least one of the countless stories of people who have faithfully made payments for years without a claim only to have to fight with insurers for fair and just compensation when that insurance is needed.

For this reason an experienced Morris County or Sussex County attorney can make the difference to put you and your family in a position to help expedite and improve your physical, emotional, and financial recovery.  Because most people are not students of the law, they may not understand the legal process and know exactly what the law may say they are entitled to as defined by fair compensation and what Insurers are required to cover.  The insurance company will definitively have access to counsel on their side of the claim, and it important that you represent a position of strength as well through retaining an experienced Injury Litigator.

Contact A Morris and Sussex Motor Vehicle Injury Lawyer

The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, is conveniently located in both Sussex and Morris County, and have recovered full and fair compensation for motor vehicle accident victims in towns including Parsippany, Mt. Olive, Hopatcong, Roxbury, Andover, Newton, Morristown, and most neighboring communities. Arm yourself with the  resources and experience you need to handle insurance claims and lawsuits following any kind of motor vehicle accident.

Speak with Michael Burakoff and our legal team in a free and confidential consultation regarding you or a family member’s motor vehicle accident injuries and damages. Contact us online, or through either our Morristown office or our Newton office at (973) 520-0525.

Morris County Attorneys Handle Auto Accident Cases Without InsuranceMorris County Attorneys Handle Auto Accident Cases Without Insurance

Driving can be a very stressful and the statistics available show that it is stressful for good reason.  Driving without insurance for many can be a cause of worry, high stress and a catalyst for conflict with law enforcement and state law.  Being involved in a car crash without the required coverage can turn a bad situation into a catastrophic event in someone’s life. With all of that said, there is some good news, in most cases you still have options that won’t land you in jail or lead.

In the regrettable event that you are involved in an auto accident and you don’t have insurance, you still have several options.  The first action you should take when you are involved in an auto accident in New Jersey with no insurance is to contact a personal injury lawyer.

The experienced New Jersey car accident lawyers at The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff  serve towns across New Jersey, Morris County, and Sussex County, including East Hanover, Netcong, Dover, Chatham, Hopatcong, Parsippany, Rockaway, Newton, Florham Park, Mt. Olive, Denville, Morristown, and more. We have the experience, compassion and skill to provide the legal assistance you need. If you or a loved one get involved in a car accident without insurance or if you have been injured or your vehicle damaged by an uninsured driver in New Jersey, contact us today to put an experienced and skilled advocate on your side.

Penalties For Driving Without Insurance Morristown NJ

New Jersey is one of the most strict states when it comes to the issue of automobile insurance. It is an absolute requirement for operating a motor vehicle. New Jersey Statute 39:6B-1, also known as the New Jersey Compulsory Motor Vehicle Insurance Law, states, “Every owner or registered owner of a motor vehicle registered or principally garaged in this State shall maintain motor vehicle liability insurance coverage; insuring against loss resulting from liability imposed by law for any damage, to property or people, caused during an accident involving that vehicle.”

Moreover, New Jersey law – Statute 39:6B-2 – actually criminalizes not having motor vehicle insurance. First-time offenders may be fined from $300 to $1000, stripped of the ability to drive in New Jersey for a year legally and/or made to perform community service. Further violations and convictions raise the maximum fine to $5000 and as many as 14 days of imprisonment. Repeat offenders are also prohibited from driving for up to two years and must then re-apply for a driver’s license.

Despite these strict penalties there are still thousands of drivers who do not have insurance.  Most of them may not know what to do if involved in an auto accident. If injured many may want to know “do I have a personal injury claim?” As well as many other questions such as, what is New Jersey uninsured motorist coverage?

Can I Sue For Damages in Sussex County NJ If I Have No Insurance?

If you do not have insurance and are not at fault in an auto accident where there are serious injuries of any kind or substantial damages to your vehicle you may be able to recover some economic damages, such as damage done to your car as well as medical costs. However, even if the other driver is found by the court to be 100% at fault for the car accident, you will not be eligible to receive compensation for non-economic damages, such as emotional distress.

Parsippanny NJ Lawyers Explain Uninsured Motorist Coverage

The intended purpose of uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage is to guard against situations in which one party in an automobile accident does not have enough insurance or does not carry insurance at all. Therefore, the intent of mandatory uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage is to protect people against irresponsible individuals who have injured others, due to their own fault, while operating an automobile or other motor vehicle. If the uninsured or underinsured individual is not found to be at fault, most underinsured/uninsured motorist policies will not apply.

However, if you are involved in any type of car accident is is recommended that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

Uninsured Motor vehicle claims across Morris and Sussex County

The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff has extensive experience recovering full and fair compensation for motor vehicle accident injury victims who are both insured and uninsured in towns across New Jersey, Morris County, and Sussex County including Newton, Morristown, Parsippany, Mt. Olive, Hopatcong, Roxbury, Andover as well as neighboring communities.

Our firm has the resources and experience necessary to represent you in insurance claims and lawsuits following all types of motor vehicle accidents.

Speak with Michael Burakoff and our legal team today for a free and confidential consultation regarding you or a family member’s motor vehicle accident injuries and damages, and how we can help you to receive the compensation you need and deserve. Please contact us online, or through either our Morristown office or our Newton office at (973) 520-0525.

The Difference Between Workers' Compensation and Personal InjuryWhen a person is injured at work, very often one of two (or both) avenues to financial compensation are available to them: a workers compensation claim and/or a personal injury claim. The two are not mutually exclusive, and while you usually can not sue your own employer if you are injured while working, injury victims can still file personal injury claims against other negligent third parties.

However, there are significant differences between the two types of injury claims, namely the requirements to secure compensation, and the type and amount of compensation that can be secured.

At The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff we bring our years of understanding  to personal injury and worker’s compensation law, focusing on working not only with our clients, but with their family as well. Our firm has extensive experience securing full and fair compensation in personal injury as well as worker’s compensation claims of all kinds for injury victims in towns across Morris County and Sussex County towns, including Hopatcong, East Hanover, Dover, Netcong, Parsippany, Florham Park, Chatham, Mt. Olive, Denville, Newton, Morristown, and more

Workers’ Comp and Personal Injury Requirements Dover NJ

Though very similar on the surface there are several important legal differences between workers compensation and personal injury claims.

The largest and possibly most important difference between personal injury and worker’s compensation is that a personal injury claim is based on fault and a workers’ compensation case isn’t. To recover damages against someone for a car accident, a slip and fall, or indeed any type of negligence claim, the other person must have been negligent.

Fault is necessary in a Personal Injury Case

In any personal injury case fault is a necessary element.  Without clear fault due to recklessness or negligence there can be no personal injury restitution.  In essence you must be injured, and that injury must be proven to be due to the negligence of another party.

As a hypothetical example, if a delivery driver is injured in a common traffic accident then that worker may possibly file a workers compensation claim if the accident occurred while they were working. However if a delivery driver is involved in an auto accident while working with a drunk driver or otherwise negligent driver, then that negligence can be grounds for a personal injury case against the the negligent driver as well as a workers compensation claim if the accident occurred while the driver was working.

Another example may be if an employee is the victim of an assault and battery while working that causes them to miss time at work.  In this situation both a workers’ compensation as well as a personal injury claim may be warranted.

No Fault Necessary in a Workers’ Compensation Case

With workers’ compensation claims, any employee injured on the job is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, with some very limited exceptions. Workers’ compensation requires not specific fault or negligence. It is not necessary to prove that your employer or your co-workers did anything wrong in order for you to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Even in the event that your own negligence caused your injury, you are still entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits.

Parsippany NJ Injury Claims Attorney

Another distinction between personal injury claims and workers’ compensation claims is a difference in damages that can be awarded.  A personal injury claim or lawsuit entitles compensation to pain and suffering damages, while a workers’ compensation claim does not. In a personal injury claim or lawsuit, you have the right to recover all of the damages that you have suffered. This may include lost earnings, lost earning capacity, medical bills, future medical expenses, permanent impairment, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life among other things. In fact in a personal injury lawsuit, “pain and suffering damages” often represent 2-5 times the medical expenses incurred by the injury.

However in a workers’ compensation case, you are only allowed to receive weekly compensation, permanent impairment benefits, medical bills, and rehabilitation costs.  While these costs are often substantial in the case of a serious injury, workers’ compensation will never include a pain and suffering component.

Contact Our Morristown Injury Claims Lawyer Today

Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation attorney Michael P. Burakoff is proud to protect the legal rights of clients injured on the job or due to the negligence of others across Morris County, Sussex County, Chatham, Andover, Florham Park, Dover, Hopatcong, Morristown, Netcong, and all of Northern New Jersey. Our small firm size allows us to offer personalized and highly effective legal service.

For a free and confidential consultation regarding your accident, your injuries, and your possible financial compensation through a workers compensation claim, please contact us online or give us a call at our Morristown or Newton offices by dialing (973) 520-0525 today.

Morristown Pedestrian and Bicycle Accident Attorney

Morristown Pedestrian and Bicycle Accident AttorneyA recent report released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety paints a rather grim picture when it comes to American road safety (or lack thereof), especially for people walking, biking, skating, etc.

Specifically, this report states an increase of 61% in hit and run deaths between 2009 and 2016 (the last year for which data is currently available), with 2016 totaling over 2,000 hit and run fatalities. Perhaps even more alarming is the added fact that fully two-thirds (66%) of these fatalities were bicyclists and pedestrians.

Our Morristown pedestrian and bicycle accident attorneys believe that there are a number of potential contributing factors to this alarming statistic, some of which can be controlled by the accident victims, some of which lie in the hands of drivers, and some of which are out of our control entirely.

In today’s article, we will discuss some of the potential causes of this spike in pedestrian accidents and bicycle accident injuries and deaths, some safety measures that can be taken to mitigate risk, and what can be done in the case of a pedestrian or bicycle accident injury or wrongful death.

Causes of Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents in Morris County

There are always a large variety of contributing factors to any given accident, but a few things in particular stand out when it comes to this alarming increase in accidents involving cyclists and pedestrians:

  • Distraction – By far the biggest contributing factor, distracted driving is known to be a massive danger on U.S. roads across the country. However, it is not only drivers that need to pay more attention to roads, people walking, biking, etc are equally as guilty of using their mobile devices or other electronic devices and losing awareness. While you can only control your own actions, for your own safety as well as others, pay more attention to what you are doing, your surroundings, and traffic safety!
  • Health – As people are becoming more and more health-conscious, it is no surprise that walking and biking in general are on the rise. Whether it is for commuting to work or simply exercise, the bottom line is that there are more cyclists and pedestrian on our roads than ever before, increasing the chances overall for accidents and injury.
  • Lack of Infrastructure – Many modern cities, in response to this notable increase in pedestrian and bike activity, have added separate “pedestrian lanes” to their roads, lanes which are protected by concrete barriers.  While road-crossing still remain a safety hazard, pedestrians and bikers who use these lanes are certainly safer than they would be otherwise. However, many towns and cities lack the funds, or space, to enact similar safety measures.

While we believe these three to be the biggest contributing factors (especially distracted driving/distraction in general), obvious things like nicer weather (or poor weather leading to poorer visibility and road conditions), environmental concerns, and even population density all play a role.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Injury and Wrongful Death Claims Lawyer Parsippany NJ

While we can control our own actions, and mitigate the risks of pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents, at the end of the day these precautions only go so far, and accidents do happen.

As dangerous as car-on-car accidents can be, modern cars are designed and tested to be in accidents, and have a host of safety measures to reduce the affects of an accident. However, pedestrians and cyclists do not have this luxury, and cars traveling even as slow as 20-25mph can cause extreme injury and in some cases death to unprotected walkers and bikers.

When a negligent driver causes a bicycle accident or pedestrian accident, it is especially important that injury victims and family members recover the compensation they need and deserve considering the seriousness of vehicle-on-pedestrian collisions.

Of course, depending on the circumstances of the accident, workers’ compensation, personal injury, or wrongful death may apply. We have written, in detail, about each of these types of NJ accident claims, so feel free to read any of these articles or call our offices to discuss your pedestrian accident or bicycle accident in a free and confidential consultation with our legal team.

Contact Our Morristown Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Attorneys Today

At The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, we have extensive experience helping accident victims and their families to recover full and fair compensation across Morris and Sussex County, including Parsippany, Dover, Netcong, Newton, Morristown, and the surrounding communities.

Attorney Michael Burakoff built his practice on the belief that not only do his clients deserve attentive and highly informative legal counsel, families of accident and injury victims are just as concerned about the recovery process and its success, and deserve just as much attention and information.

To speak with Michael Burakoff and our legal team today in a free and confidential consultation regarding a bicycle accident, pedestrian accident, hit and run accident, or any other kind of accident, your options for recovering compensation, and how exactly we can help you to do so, please contact us online, or through either our Morristown office or our Newton office at (973) 520-0525.

Injured by a Drunk Driver NJ Dram Shop and Social Host Liability LawsEvery day 29 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve someone under the influence of alcohol, according to the Center for Disease Control.  This translates to approximately one death every 50 minutes.  Annually the monetary cost exceeds $44 billion. Drunk drivers were responsible for 601 deaths in 2016 as well as countless injuries in New Jersey alone.

Not everyone is aware that drunk driving injury victims may be able to secure compensation via a personal injury claim through New Jersey’s dram shop and social host liability laws. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident in Sussex County, Morris County, or surrounding communities, involving an impaired driver, Attorney Michael Burakoff may be able to help get the compensations you or they deserve.

Dram Shop Injury Claim Lawyer Dover NJ

New Jersey is one of several states that allow victims of drunk drivers to seek personal injury claims against not only the impaired driver but also, if they became intoxicated at a bar or other social venue, potentially against the social host who was the provider of the alcohol as well.  Loosely known as “Dram Shop Laws” or social liability laws, New Jersey is one of 43 states with these laws on the books.

Dram Shop Laws can be powerful tools that an experienced attorney is able to use to assist those injured in drunk driving incidents in Sussex County, Morris County, Dover, Morristown and other areas across New Jersey, seek fair restitution for whatever injuries they may have suffered.

According to the New Jersey Revised Statutes section 2A:22A-4, any person injured by an intoxicated individual can file suit and damages from a vendor who served the alcohol if:

  • the host or vendor knew or should have known the individual being served was a minor under age 21
  • the individual was “visibly intoxicated” when served by the host or vendor

These laws were instituted for two reasons.  Primarily to permit greater opportunity for restitution for victims of drunk drivers. Also to obligate servers of alcohol to be mindful of the state of their customers and mandate that they exercise good judgment and civic responsibility in their business practices when it comes to the selling and serving of alcohol.

Morristown  Social Host Liability Attorney

New Jersey statue 2A§ 22A-3 defines a social host as a “licensed alcoholic beverage server” meaning a person who is licensed to sell alcoholic beverages pursuant to R.S. 33:1-1 et seq. or who has been issued a permit to sell alcoholic beverages by the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control in the Department of Law and Public Safety.

Specifically New Jersey’s dram shop law allows “exclusive civil remedy for personal injury or property damage resulting from the negligent service of alcoholic beverages by a licensed alcoholic beverage server”.  This means that drunk driving victims can seek to secure compensation not only from the intoxicated driver but from the social host as well.

Contact Our Intoxicated Driver Accident Lawyers Today

Personal injury attorney Michael P. Burakoff has proudly protected the legal rights of drunk driving victims and their families across Morris County, Sussex County, Netcong, Florham Park, Mt. Olive, Chatham, East Hanover, and all of Northern New Jersey for more than 40 years. Our personal injury team works with closely with all our clients to recover full and fair compensation for damages including lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, incidental expenses, and much more.

Rely on our experience to hold not only the offender of your drunk driving accident, but also the dram shop or social host liable for your injuries and let us help on the path to being whole again.

Contact us online or call our Morristown office or Newton office today at (973) 520-0525 or online, for a free and confidential consultation with a member of our experienced legal staff regarding your accident, your injuries, and your potential for compensation through a personal injury claim.

Denville NJ Pain and Suffering Compensation LawyersThe lives of accident victims and their families can be changed in an instant. For those who suffer serious injuries such as brain injuryspinal cord injurypermanent disability, or even wrongful death, it is possible to recover damages beyond mere reimbursement through a successful personal injury claim. Perhaps the most common and the most valuable form of compensation in personal injury cases is that of pain and suffering. Many victims are entitled to financial consideration to compensate for both the physical pain and the emotional suffering to which they were exposed as a result of an accident.

Today, our personal injury attorneys will be defining pain and suffering compensation for personal injury cases, discuss how it is calculated, and much more.

Denville, NJ Pain and Suffering Compensation Lawyers

Our Denville pain and suffering compensation lawyers understand that there are two types of damages awardable through personal injury claims: economic and non-economic. Simply put, victims are entitled to both straight one-to-one reimbursement for incurred expenses AND additional considerations which are meant to protect victims, punish wrongdoing entities, and compensate for the undue suffering of the victim and their families.

Economic or Compensatory damages may include:

  • Medical expenses such as doctor’s bills, ambulance fees, rehabilitation costs, hospital bills, and more
  • Lost wages for work that was missed in the past, present, and projected into the future
  • Property damage which was sustained as the result of the injurious accident

Non-Economic or Non-Compensatory damages may include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional Anguish
  • Wrongful Death
  • Loss of Companionship
  • Loss of Consortium
  • Punitive Damages

How is Pain and Suffering Calculated in Morris County?

As mentioned previously, pain and suffering compensation has the potential to make up the highest percentage of an overall personal injury settlement or verdict. That is due to the way damages are calculated in New Jersey. In the majority of cases, pain and suffering is determined using a calculation based on your incurred medical expenses. This can include all expenses which you have incurred or may incur in the future. At this point, it is a matter of your Morris County personal injury attorneys proving the severity of your injuries.

The amount by which your medical bills will be multiplied is heavily dependent on the severity of your injuries. For example, let us look at two scenarios where the same accident led to different injuries, and therefore a different pain and suffering settlement.

Susan and Janine are both injured in car accidents. They both have medical expenses in the amount of $10,000. Susan has suffered a sprained neck and several lacerations, which are expected to fully heal. Janine has suffered multiple fractures which has led to a permanent disability. In these cases, Susan’s medical bills may be multiplied by a smaller number between one (1) and three (3) whereas Janine’s bills will be multiplied by five (5), ten (10), or even more. Due to the nature of their injuries, Janine may be entitled to $100,000 in pain and suffering while Susan may only walk away with $10,000.

Injured in a Serious Accident? Contact a Morristown Personal Injury Attorney Today

At The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, P.A.our legal team works with the families of accident victims, not just our clients. We believe that this dedication to the attorney-client relationship allows us to deliver more personalized and ultimately more high quality legal service for those who have been injured in serious accidents. Attorney Burakoff has decades of experience serving local Morris and Sussex County communities such as Hopatcong, Morristown, Newton, Netcong, Roxbury, Mt. Olive, Rockaway, and all of Northern New Jersey. Our attorneys have secured multiple million dollar settlements and verdicts for our local clients and we will work hard to make sure you and your family get the financial support you deserve.

For a free and confidential consultation regarding your accident, injuries, and personal injury claim, please contact us online or through our Morristown or Newton, NJ offices today by calling (973) 520-0525.

Bus Accident Results in Fatality and Injury in Mount Olive NJ

Wrongful Death Attorney Parsippany NJEarlier this month, a fatal accident occurred when a school bus allegedly attempted an illegal u-turn on Interstate 80 in Mount Olive, New Jersey.

The bus, driven by Paramus Board of Education employee Hudy Muldrow Sr., 77, was carrying 44 passengers as part of a school trip. Tragically, two of the passengers, teacher Jennifer Williamson, 51, and an unnamed student of ten years of age were killed as a result of the accident.

Muldrow is now facing two counts of vehicular homicide, also known as “death by auto”. While these charges will be decided on in criminal court, whether or not any kind of civil personal injury lawsuit will be filed is yet to be answered.

Wrongful Death Attorney Parsippany NJ

The first type of claim that might be filed in this case is that of a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death claims in New Jersey are filed with the purpose of seeking recovery for specific types of damages when a family member is killed by the reckless or negligent actions of another person or party(s).

Wrongful death damages include compensation potentially for:

  • The loss of the financial support the deceased provided to the family
  • The loss of the “companionship, consortium, guidance, and kinship” the deceased provided to the family
  • The loss of intangible benefits provided by the deceased to the family such as care=taking, home-making, child-raising, and more
  • Expenses related to any medical costs incurred before the deceased actually passed
  • Expenses resulting from a funeral and burial

However, unlike personal injury claims, wrongful death claims can not recover punitive damages or pain and suffering damages.

Of course, if you are considering filing a wrongful death claim on behalf of a deceased family member, it is highly recommended that you first consult with an experienced Parsippany wrongful death attorney so that you can better understand your rights and options, and navigate the entire claims process in an effective, informed, and ultimately successful manner.

Negligent Driving Injury Lawyer Netcong NJ

While this bus and truck accident did result in the tragic deaths of two different people, many others were also injured when the bus was struck from behind by a dump truck. Depending on the extent of the injuries suffered, these individuals may wish to consider filing a personal injury claim in order to recover compensation for their medical expenses, lost income if they are unable to work, and the physical and emotional pain and suffering they experienced due to the accident and resulting injuries.

However, as with any personal injury claim, some act or acts of recklessness or negligence must be proven in order to secure personal injury compensation. In this case, several key factors could potentially be considered negligence.

  1. According to reports, the bus driver missed his exit, and then attempted to correct for this by making an illegal U-turn through the mediation reserved only for emergency vehicles. If proven true, such an act of negligent driving could potential result in a successful personal injury claim against the driver and his insurance provider.
  2. Apparently, driver Muldrow has also received a total of 8 speeding tickets, and has had his license suspended 14 different times from 1975 to present. With this kind of driving record, a case could potentially be made that he was hired negligently by his employer. An experienced negligent driving injury attorney may be able to make the case that any entity who is employing individuals to drive others should never hire a person with such a driving record, and that doing so was an act of negligence in-and-of-itself.

Again, due to the stringent requirements for proving negligence, proving the full extent of the injuries and damages suffered, and ultimately recovering full and fair compensation in any personal injury case, retaining the counsel of an experienced injury lawyer is highly recommended any time you are seeking compensation for your injuries and accident-related damages.

Contact A Morristown Personal Injury Attorney Today

At The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, we have extensive experience helping our clients and their families to recover full and fair compensation in wrongful death and personal injury claims of all kinds in towns across Morris County and Sussex County, including Parsippany, Netcong, Morristown, Newton, Dover, Mount Olive, Denville, Hopatcong, Morris Plains, Hanover, and the surrounding communities.

Attorney Michael Burakoff has a unique approach to personal injury law in that he strongly believes in not only keeping his clients highly informed throughout the process, but also involving their family as well. This is because he understands that any kind of serious injury will affect the whole family, and not just the injury victim themselves. By providing informative, inclusive, and highly effective legal counsel, Michael Burakoff aims to lessen the stress involved with the accident/recovery process, and ensure that your family’s future is protected and secure.

To speak with Michael Burakoff and our legal team today in a free and confidential consultation regarding any kind of accident you or a family member has suffered, your options for securing personal injury or wrongful death compensation, and how exactly we can help you and your family to do so, please contact us online, or through either our Morristown office or our Newton office at (973) 520-0525.

What Should I Do if I Have Been in a Car Accident?

Morris Plains Car Accident Injury AttorneyBeing involved in any kind of motor vehicle accident can be a traumatic experience, and sometimes life-changing. It can also be a little overwhelming as there will be a variety of concerned parties, including insurance companies, the police, eye-witnesses, medical and emergency response personnel, and potentially even a personal injury attorney.

With that being said, here are a few tips to help you safely and efficiently recover from any kind of motor vehicle accident, including a car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident, or a bus or train accident.

“Ensure Your Safety, the Safety of Your Passengers, and the Safety of Other Involved Parties”

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The most important thing you can do anytime you are in a car accident is to first ensure your own safety, the safety of your passengers, and the safety of other involved parties. Depending on where your accident occurred, this may involve exiting your vehicle and getting out of harm’s way of fires or oncoming traffic. Or, if your accident occurred on a busy highway like I-80, it may be safer to remain in your vehicle rather than risking walking across the highway and oncoming traffic.

This can be a bit of a judgement call, and there may be scenarios where you are unable to move even if you felt like it was needed. The most important thing to remember is the time-proven idea of “safety-first”.

“Call Emergency Responders”

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Once you feel that you and your passengers are out of immediate danger, your next step should be to call emergency responders if they haven’t already been notified by dailing 911.

Emergency response will include ambulances and medical personnel, police to secure the scene of the accident and document what has happened, and potentially even the fire department if there is risk or evidence of a fire.

The sooner emergency responders are contacted, the sooner they can arrive to the scene of the car accident, and begin helping all involved parties.

“Record as Much Evidence as Possible”

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Even though it is the responsibility of responding law enforcement officers to document the scene of the accident and the given statements of involved parties and witnesses to the accident, if you are able to, it can go a long way to record certain pieces of information yourself.

This can include things like taking photos of the accident, getting the names and numbers of eye-witnesses, and generally recording any other information which may be relevant to your accident in terms of what happened, how did it happen, why did it happen, etc.

Again, while this is generally the responsibility of the police, the more information you have the better when it comes to working with insurance companies, and securing compensation for your accident, injuries, and damages, whether through a claim with your own insurance provider (a first-person claim) or a claim with the insurance provider of the responsible part (a third-party personal injury claim).

“Seek Medical Attention”

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Seeking medical attention if you have been hurt in a car accident seems like an obvious next step. However, even if you just feel “shaken up” but ok, it is still critical that you seek medical attention as quickly as possible after your accident.

Some injuries take time to present themselves, for example brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and internal injuries, and the longer you wait to visit a doctor, the worse these injuries can become.

In addition, the less time there is between your car accident and when you speak with a doctor and actually diagnose your injuries, the easier it will be to directly link those same injuries to your accident. If too much time transpires between the two events, insurance companies can argue that you were hurt in some other way, and that your injuries were not caused by your accident (meaning, they don’t have to pay for them).

Bottom line. if you were in an accident, go see a doctor ASAP.

“Speak with an Experienced Injury Attorney”

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Finally, if you have been involved in a car accident, trust that you WILL be hearing from your insurance company soon thereafter, and possibly the insurance company of other involved parties.

Insurance companies are for profit businesses, meaning their profits come before your own well-being. As helpful as they may seem, it is highly recommended that you speak with an experienced Morris County injury attorney before speaking with any insurance company.

By first speaking with an attorney, you can get a better sense of whether or not you may have a case for seeking injury compensation from other responsible parties, what you should and shouldn’t say to the insurance companies, and what your next steps are in the car accident injury process.

Contact a Morris County and Sussex County Car Accident Injury Lawyer Today

At The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, we have extensive experience helping our clients and their families to recover full and fair car accident injury compensation in towns across New Jersey, Morris County, and Sussex County, including Dover, Netcong, Morris Plains, East Hanover, Hopatcong, Denville, Newton, Parsippany, Morristown, Florham Park, and more.

Attorney Michael Burakoff believes in working closely and attentively not only with his clients, but with their families as well. This is because he understands the extreme strain that a serious injury can place on any family, and the need to have all involved parties actually involved in the process.

To speak with Michael Burakoff and our legal team today in a free and confidential consultation regarding any kind of accident or motor vehicle accident, your options for recovering compensation for your injuries and damages, and how exactly we can help you to do so, please contact us online, or through either our Morristown office or our Newton office at (973) 520-0525.

How Does My NJ Car Insurance Policy Affect My Ability to Seek Injury Compensation in Morris County and Sussex County?

Car Accident Injury Lawyer Morris County NJWhen a driver is injured in a motor vehicle accident, the first place the injured driver will turn to for financial compensation is their own insurance company. However, especially for more serious injuries, that same insurance coverage may not be sufficient when it comes to paying for medical expenses and lost income if the injured driver cannot work.

In addition, pain and suffering damages (which usually represent the largest portion of a personal injury claim) are not awarded as part of first-person claims (claims filed by an injured party with their own insurance company).

So, if you have been injured while driving your car, you may not recover full compensation from your own insurance company for your car accident damages. However, you may also be limited from seeking compensation from other responsible parties depending on what type of insurance coverage you have purchased.

Here is what you need to know regarding NJ car insurance policies, and how they can impact your rights and ability to seek compensation from a third party when injured in a car accident in Morris County or Sussex County.

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In New Jersey, there are two specific types of injury protection offered as part of your car insurance policy: “Limited Right to Sue” policies and “Unlimited Right to Sue” policies.

Limited Right to Sue policies tend to appear more attractive, as subscribers are offered a much lower insurance premium. However, the catch is that limited right so sue car insurance policies only allow injured drivers to file personal injury claims against other responsible drivers for very specific types of injuries, those being:

  • Loss of limb, Disfigurement, or Serious Scarring
  • Permanent Injuries
  • Bone fractures
  • Death of the driver (wrongful death)
  • Loss of fetus

Consider the following scenario: you are injured in a car accident caused by another drunk driver. You suffer serious injuries to your spine, but those same injuries are projected to heal in two year’s time. Your spinal cord injuries result in extremely high medical and rehabilitative costs, and prevent you from working for some time. However, since those same injuries are not technically “permanent”, and you have purchased a “limited right to sue” car insurance policy, you most likely would not be able to file a car accident injury claim against the negligent driver who caused your injuries.

So as attractive as the reduced premium of these limited right to sue policies can appear, they do come with extreme risk when it comes to your ability to seek injury compensation for car accident injuries.

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On the other hand, unlimited right to sue car insurance policies allow injured drivers to seek personal injury compensation from other responsible third parties for any type of injury.

Considering the many dangers New Jersey drivers face, including distracted drivers, drunk drivers, negligent drivers, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bus accidents, and more, having the flexibility to seek car accident injury compensation from other negligent drivers or parties for any type of injury is a much more attractive insurance policy option, despite its greater up-front cost.

Contact A Car Accident Injury Attorney with Offices in Morris County and Sussex County Today

At The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, we have extensive experience recovering full and fair car accident injury compensation for our clients and their families in towns across Morris County and Sussex County, including Parsippany, Morristown, Netcong, Newton, Denville, Dover, Rockaway, East Hanover, Morris Plains, Florham Park, and more.

Attorney Michael Burakoff has the unique approach of working closely not only with his clients, but with their families as well. This is because he understands just how difficult a car accident injury can be, and the impacts it can have on a family’s financial and emotional stability.

To discuss your unique needs, situation, and options moving forward after any kind of car accident in a free and confidential consultation. with our legal team today, please contact us online, or through either our Morristown office or our Newton office at (973) 520-0525.

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