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Haines v. Taft: Bad News for New Jersey Drivers, Good News for Insurance Companies

On March 26, 2019, New Jersey’s Supreme Court issued a decision on Haines v Taft that comes as bad news for drivers with low Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage on their auto insurance policy. If you have New Jersey’s minimum PIP limit ($15,000) and you suffer injuries from an auto accident, you will not be able to recover medical expenses that exceed that limit. 

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Why NJ S-477 is So Important

On March 13, 2019, Governor Phil Murphy signed S-477 into law. The New Jersey State Senate passed the bill with a 32-1 majority, as did the Assembly with a vote of 71-0 with five abstentions. This is a crucial step towards protecting children who are victims of sexual abuse in the state of New Jersey.

This huge development will bring justice to child sexual abuse victims who previously had no legal grounds to stand on due to an egregiously short statute of limitations that applied to civil actions for sexual abuse claims.

NJ S-477 is so important because it extends the statute of limitations in civil actions for sexual abuse claims. The law also allows a two-year window for child sexual abuse victims to file lawsuits that would be restricted even with the new, longer statute of limitations.

Governor Murphy followed up his powerful legislative action with powerful words — The New Jersey Democrat highlighted the fact that sexual assault and rape crimes are very unique legal issues, especially when the victims are children. The Law Offices of Vincent J. Ciecka agrees with Governor Murphy’s approach to this issue; the perpetrators of these unspeakable crimes do not deserve to walk free simply because a statute of limitations has expired.

The bill becomes law on December 1, 2019. Our team unequivocally supports Governor Murphy’s decision to sign this bill, and we thank him along with the sponsoring Senators who supported the legislation every step of the way. Without Governor Murphy’s leadership and the initiative of his supporting sponsors in the New Jersey State Senate, none of this could have happened.  

Our personal injury lawyers in South Jersey have a soft spot for kids — we’ve been sponsoring fundraisers and charity events for the Larc School for special needs children in Bellmawr for several years now. The Law Offices of Vincent J. Ciecka feels obligated to participate in such causes because we believe children are the future of our society and must be protected at all costs.

Our Camden County personal injury lawyers also have a stake in keeping the most vulnerable members of our community safe, and we demand justice be served to both the victims and perpetrators of these crimes. That’s why The Law Offices of Vincent J. Ciecka is a supporting member of organizations such as the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ), a legal group that vehemently urged Governor Murphy to sign the bill. Groups like the NJAJ are dedicated to serving the communities they call home, just like The Law Offices of Vincent J. Ciecka!

Safety Alert! Simple Steps for Proper Vehicle Tire Pressure

The trusted attorneys at The Law Offices of Vincent J. Ciecka, P.C. handle car accident cases stemming from tire failure and want to shed some light on this overlooked subject.

The importance of proper tire pressure in a vehicle can’t be overstated, especially for trucking companies whose large vehicles pose a danger to other motorists when not maintained properly.  Poorly manufactured tires are an issue affecting motorists’ safety, as well.

While you can’t control a tire company’s quality control, you can try to protect yourself by checking the air pressure in your tires on a routine basis (approximately once a month).

Here’s a breakdown of some key facts you need to know about vehicle tire pressure.

  • Why is it so important? Checking your tire pressure is imperative to help maximize your tire life, improve fuel efficiency, even out wear and tear, and ensure a smoother ride. Not to forget the safety aspect, underinflated tires have an increased risk of failure and damage that can lead to reduced vehicle control, tire blowouts, and potential crashes.
  • What’s the recommendation? Knowing the recommended air pressure for your tires is easy to find out. If you drive a newer car, that information can typically be found on a sticker inside the driver’s side door. If it isn’t, check out the tires section of your owner’s manual. PSI (pounds per square inch) will be listed as determined by your vehicle’s manufacturer. Stick to that number for driving safety and optimal performance from your automobile.
  • What should you avoid? You won’t be able to check your tire’s air pressure with a simple eye test, or by kicking or hitting the tires.
  • When to check. Knowing when to check your tire pressure is half the battle. Even brand new tires with minimal wear can be losing air. Fluctuating temperatures outside, how far you drive daily, and carrying a heavy load can all affect your tire pressure. So a safe bet is to regularly check pressure once a month, in addition to if you hit a pothole or curb, your vehicle pulls to one side, or the weather changes drastically.
  • How to do it. Your tire pressure can be checked at home or a gas station, but make sure you haven’t been driving for too long to get an accurate reading. Remove the caps on your tires’ air valves, place a tire pressure gauge into the valve stem and press down quickly, check the PSI reading and compare to the recommended amount by your vehicle’s manufacturer.
  • Fill it up. If the pressure is too low in your tires, just fill it up with an air pump to the ideal level.

Follow the above guidelines and hit the road for a safer ride. But if you do find yourself in an accident and are looking for a Camden County personal injury lawyer, contact the team at The Law Offices of Vincent J. Ciecka, P.C. Our personal injury lawyers in South Jersey know what to do to get the bottom of a car accident injury case. Call us today at 856-283-0589.

Tire Maintenance Tips for Staying Safe on the Road This Spring

At The Law Offices of Vincent J. Ciecka, P.C., home to an experienced team of personal injury lawyers based in Camden County, NJ, we see the destructive effects of car accidents all the time. Tire failure is at the root of some of these accidents, whether it’s because the tire manufacturer employed subpar quality control standards, or because a trucking company failed to properly maintain the tires in their commercial fleet of vehicles. This kind of negligence puts innocent motorists in danger.

While accidents are sometimes unavoidable, drivers can try to protect themselves with diligent tire maintenance. Watch this brief video for a few enlightening tips.

Was your car accident the result of tire failure caused by factors beyond your control? If you need a personal injury lawyer in South Jersey to help you pursue damages after a car accident, contact The Law Offices of Vincent J. Ciecka, P.C. today for a free consultation.

The Long-Term Effects of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Being exposed to carbon monoxide even for a short period is very dangerous, and the permanent effects—if you’re exposed for long periods—can be devastating. Our personal injury lawyers in Camden County, NJ, are ready to help you in your time of need and throughout your case. Watch our video below for an introduction on the long-term complications you can suffer if you’re exposed to a CO leak.

We take carbon monoxide lawsuits seriously, and our personal injury lawyers in South Jersey investigate each case for permanent severe injuries or wrongful death resulting from a CO leak caused by the negligence of another individual or entity. If you’re suffering from the long-term complications of CO poisoning, contact The Law Offices of Vincent J. Ciecka, P.C. today at 856-283-0589.