Bicycle Safety Tips Everyone Should Know

Morristown Injury Lawyers Share Bicycle Safety Tips

Bicycle Safety Tips Everyone Should Know

The spring and summer months are fast approaching. This means that many will be enjoying the freedom and independence that riding a bicycle can give you, especially around town and down by Morristown Square. However, before you or your children hit the roads of New Jersey it is important to remember that bicycle accidents do happen and there are cyclist who suffer avoidable catastrophic injuries every year. In order to keep you and your loved ones safe, there are some important cycling tips you should know and remember.

The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, want you and your family to enjoy safe cycling on New Jersey’s roads, however, if you or someone you know has been injured while cycling due to someone else’s negligence we are here to help. We have extensive experience recovering full and fair compensation for our clients of all ages who have suffered personal injuries while cycling due to third-party negligence in towns across Morris County and Sussex County. Call either our Morristown office or our Newton office today at (973) 520-0525 to discuss your individual needs, concerns and situation.

Tips for Safe Cycling On Morris and Sussex County Roads

Cycling is a fun and usually safe activity enjoyed by both children and adults. In order to keep it a safe activity, here are some simple tips recommended by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

  • Inspect your Bike- Before riding any bicycle it is smart to make sure it is ready to ride. Inspect your bike to make sure all parts are working properly and are secure.  Also, it is important to inflate tires properly and check that your brakes work.
  • Adjust Your Bicycle to Fit- It is recommended that there should be 1 to 2 inches between you and the top tube (bar) if using a road bike and 3 to 4 inches if a using a mountain bicycle. Having a level seat is also recommended and the seat height should be adjusted to allow a slight bend at the knee when the leg is fully extended. In addition, the handlebar height should be placed at the same level as the seat.
  • Use all proper safety equipment- It is the law in New Jersey that all cyclist must wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet. Protecting your brain can save you from serious traumatic brain injury as well as save your life.

Once on the road, there are several things you must keep in mind.

The first line of road safety is being seen. Whether in the day, at dawn or dusk, in foul weather, or at night, it is important to be seen by others. Wearing neon, fluorescent, or other bright colors when riding day or night can help you to be more visible to a motorist as well as other cyclists. Furthermore, wearing something that reflects light, such as reflective tape or markings, or flashing lights can further increase your visibility to others.

Control of your bicycle is also an important factor in road safety. It is recommended to always ride with at least one hand on the handlebars. Any books or other items you may have in your possession should be safely stowed in a secure backpack or pouch that does not interfere with free movement.

Being acutely aware of your surroundings can help you avoid many accidents. Not only cars and other cyclist but watch for and avoid road hazards such as potholes, broken glass, gravel, puddles, leaves, and dogs. If riding with a friend or in a group, yell out and point to the hazard to alert other riders. Watch for left- or right-turning traffic and always be aware of parked cars. An unexpectedly opened door is an ever-present danger.

When riding it is important to be predictable. This means riding in a straight line and using hand signals to let drivers know your intentions. Furthermore, when turning left or right, you should always look behind you for a break in traffic, then signal before making the turn.

Obey the New Jersey Rules of the Road when Riding Your Bike

It is important to remember that bicycles are considered vehicles and cyclists have the same rights and the responsibilities to follow the rules of the road as motorists.

When riding you must always:

  • Go in the direction of traffic.
  • Follow all traffic laws, signs, signals and lane markings.
  • Yield to traffic when appropriate.

It is important to remember that children under 10 are not usually knowledgeable of traffic laws and are thus much safer riding at safe speed on the sidewalk.

Contact A Newton Personal Injury Attorney Today

Attorney Michael P. Burakoff knows the damage that third-party negligence can cause cyclist and their families if they are involved in an accident that results in damages or injuries. Our law office has decades of experience recovering full and fair compensation for our clients injured while cycling across New Jersey, Morris County, and Sussex County, including communities such as East Hanover, Morristown, Parsippany, Denville, Dover, Netcong, Hopatcong, and Newton.

If you or someone you know has been injured while cycling, please speak with Michael Burakoff and our legal team today in a free and confidential consultation regarding your options for making a successful financial recovery.  Contact us online, or through either our Newton office or our Morristown office at (973) 520-0525.

 

What Should I Look For in a Personal Injury AttorneyThe American spirit of toughness and self-sufficiency has served us well as a country. We are taught from a young age to “walk it off” and continue when we are hurt and not to complain. However, when you are hurt in an auto accident, on the job, or as the result of a medical mistake, ‘walking it off’ so to speak is exactly what you should not do. The result can be expensive healthcare or even regular household bills that you have no idea how you can pay, especially if your injuries put you out of work. You may be unfairly treated by insurance companies, doctors, your employer, or others who should be trustworthy but are only looking out for their own best interests.

Morristown Personal Injury Lawyers Protect Your Future

If you have been injured due to the negligence of a third party in a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall accident, by a defective product or any of a myriad of reasons, it is recommended that you contact an experienced and skilled personal injury attorney. It would be to your benefit to do some research and find the attorney that will best represent your interest as well as the interest of you family.

The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff has extensive experience handling all manner of personal injury accidents, premises liability and product liability claims 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 protect both you and your family from potentially catastrophic financial consequences in the form of medical bills and loss income from work.  Contact us online, or through either our Morristown or Newton office at (973) 520-0525.

Qualities to look for in a Sussex County Injury Lawyer

When faced with any injury due to third party negligence, whether in the workplace or in public, you must ensure that you are adequately compensated for the injury. This compensation can make all the difference in your life going forward and to making your life whole again. It is essential to hire the best personal injury lawyer in order to get experienced and superb representation in court and to send a message to the insurance company that you are serious about your injury. Here are the qualities you should look for in your personal injury attorney:

  • Availability

It is best to find a lawyer who is readily available whenever you require their services. It is also critical that the lawyer have a strong and experienced support staff who are always available to update you as to the progress of your case.

  • Professionalism

It is important to search for a lawyer who carries out his/her duties with the highest professionalism. It is also essential that the lawyer handle his clients with compassion, empathy and understanding. The lawyer should have a clear passion for seeking the best outcome for the client in the court proceedings.

  • Accessibility

The best lawyer is easily approachable by the clients. The personal injury lawyer you select should offer a reliable and convenient means of communication with clients.

  • Sincerity

All lawyers should always be frank and sincere with their clients. The lawyer should keep the client informed about the prospects of the case, good and bad, thereby, helping you to avoid unnecessary anxiety going forward. The personal injury lawyer should always listen to their intuition and advise you on the best course of action. However, the lawyer should always offer clear and credible reasons for the advice that he issues and include your goals in planning the case.

  • Record of success

Reputation is important in the area of personal injury because the insurance company that is responsible for the case is continually weighing how far to go in their negotiations. Any personal injury law firm with a track record of success will often obtain stronger settlements because of past successes in this area. Likewise, the law firm will often have knowledge of the tactics of the insurance company involved and therefore be able to develop an effective strategy toward getting you the compensation you deserve.

Talk to a Morristown Personal Injury Attorney Today

Attorney Michael P. Burakoff has decades of experience recovering full and fair compensation for our personal injury clients in communities such as East Hanover, Morristown, Parsippany, Denville, Dover, Netcong, Hopatcong, and Newton and across Morris and Sussex County, NJ.

Our firm understands how precarious a family’s situation can become as medical expenses mount as the result of a personal injury, whether the injuries are physical or psychological. That’s why we focus on keeping our clients and their families informed and involved throughout the legal process as we work to secure them the compensation they both need and deserve to make your life whole again.

Please speak with Michael Burakoff and our legal team today in a free and confidential consultation regarding any type personal injury to learn about your options for making a successful financial recovery.  Please contact us online, or call to schedule an appointment at one of our conveniently located offices in Newton or Morristown, NJ.

 

Heatstroke for Morris and Sussex County Workers Due to Lack of Safety Precaution

Lax Safety Precaution Brings Outdoor Workers Increased Risk of HeatstrokeWorkers’ Compensation and personal injury claims cost employers the loss of countless dollars, man hours and productivity. Hot days put outdoor workers at elevated risk of heat related problems like extreme sunburns and especially heatstroke. Without proper precautions and safety measures, people can suffer a number of heat-related illnesses none of which should not be taken lightly. The Environmental Protection Agency states that, an average of 1,500 people die each year from exposure to excessive heat. Fatalities are not the only effect of excessive heat on workers, especially if they work outdoors.

The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, has extensive experience recovering full and fair compensation for our clients who have been stricken with a heat-related illness at work due to lax safety precautions in towns across Morris County and Sussex County, including Newton, Netcong, Dover, Denville, Parsippany, East Hanover, and Morristown.  Please contact us online, or through either our Newton office or our Morristown office at (973) 520-0525 for a free and confidential consultation.

Risks of Heat-Related Illness For New Jersey Workers

Though outdoor workers are more at risk in the summer months, many other workers are at risk all year. In reality any job site that involves high radiant heat sources, high air temperatures, high humidity levels, heavy physical labor and/or direct physical contact with hot objects is at increased chances for workers to develop heat stress-related illness.

However there are established safety standards to prevent illness and fatalities related to excessive heat exposure. Sadly many job supervisors do not take the proper safety precautions to protect their workers. These unsafe work environment dramatically increase the risk of heat illnesses such as heat stroke, dehydration, cramps and rashes and extreme sunburns.

Most heat-related illnesses caused by excessive exposure to heat and/or sun can be prevented if the appropriate precautions are taken, including proper hydration, use of sunscreen, rest and shade for workers when needed.

Avoiding Heat-Related Illness at Work Morristown Workers’ Compensation Attorney

The New Jersey Department of Health warns that prolonged exposure to high temperatures can cause heat stroke and death.

To avoid health complications from excessive heat at work the DOH recommends the following:

  • Drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Avoid the most physically demanding jobs during the hottest part of the day
  • Wear sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and both UVA and UVB protection.
  • Wear loose and light-colored clothing. Wear a hat when outdoors.
  • Talk to your health care provider about any medicine or drugs you are taking. Certain medications can increase the risk of heat-related illness.

It is important to remember that people who are suffering heatstroke can go from appearing normal to extremely ill in a matter of minutes.  Hot, dry skin, a high body temperature of 106 degrees or more, an absence of sweat, and a rapid and strong pulse are all early signs.  Victims can become delirious or unconscious. A person suffering from heatstroke requires immediate medical attention.

Talk to a Newton Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today

Attorney Michael P. Burakoff and our law offices have decades of experience recovering full and fair compensation for our clients injured due to lack employer precaution across New Jersey, Morris County, and Sussex County, including communities such as East Hanover, Morristown, Parsippany, Denville, Dover, Netcong, Hopatcong, and Newton.

Our firm works closely not just with our clients, but also their families. We understand completely how precarious a family’s situation can become as medical expenses mount and the injured party remains unable to work. That’s why we focus on keeping our clients and their families informed and involved throughout the legal process as we work to secure them the compensation they both need and deserve to make your life whole again.

Please speak with Michael Burakoff and our legal team today in a free and confidential consultation regarding any type work related heat-related illness and your options for making a successful financial recovery.  Please contact us online, or through either our Newton office or our Morristown office at (973) 520-0525.

 

Personal Injury Settlement Offers in Morris County and Sussex County

Newton NJ Personal Injury AttorneyMany people are surprised to learn that almost 97% of all personal injury claims end in a settlement of some kind, rather than a jury verdict or judge’s ruling. This staggering percentage is due to several different incentives (which we will discuss in detail below) for both the injury victim as well as the opposing insurance company.

However, just because the vast majority of personal injury claims end in settlement doesn’t mean that yours necessarily has to, or especially that you should accept the first offer that is made for your personal injury claim.

Here is what you need to know when it comes to the advantages of personal injury claim settlements, and how to better gauge when an offer is fair to you, when you should continue to negotiate for a better offer, or when instead you may have to rely on a jury or judge to award you the financial compensation you need and deserve for your injuries.

Dover Personal Injury Lawyer Discusses The Benefits of Settling Your Claim

As previously mentioned, there are several different distinct benefits in settling a personal injury claim for both parties involved in the dispute.

For the injury victim, recovering compensation in a timely manner can be critical to their financial stability. If their injuries leave them unable to work, or require expensive medical treatment, the cost of these factors can add up quickly. By accepting a settlement rather than spending months (if not years) in court, injury victims can much more quickly recover the financial compensation that they and their families need for the damages they have suffered.

On the other hand, insurance companies are also often incentivized into resolving a personal injury claim through a settlement, rather than risking a jury verdict. A settlement is a number that they can control, something a bottom-line oriented company like an insurance company is much more inclined towards, rather than the total unknown of a jury or judge verdict. Additionally, corporate legal representation can be extremely expensive, and the longer the personal injury claim process takes, the greater an expense the insurance company will incur.

Accepting a Settlement Offer for Your Morris County Personal Injury Claim

So while both parties have numerous different reasons to want to settle a personal injury dispute rather than have a jury or judge settle it for them, that doesn’t mean the injury victim should accept the first settlement offer that is made by the insurance company.

In fact, as a general rule of thumb, initial settlement offers are almost always lowball offers which do not accurately reflect the extent of the damages the injury victim has suffered. Evaluating the long-term implications an injury can have on your life and the lives of your family often require consultation with financial experts and medical experts, and validation of these experts findings with the opposing insurance company (all things which an experienced Morris County personal injury lawyer can provide for you).

Considering the fact that once a settlement offer is accepted for a given accident and resulting injury damages, no further claim can be pursued for the same accident and injuries, it is crucial that you recover full and fair compensation the first time around, as there are no second chances when it comes to personal injury law.

By retaining the services of an experienced attorney, you can make a much more informed and well-thought out decision when it comes to accepting a settlement offer, pursuing further negotiations, or taking your claim to trial.

Contact A Newton Personal Injury Attorney Today

At The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, we have extensive experience helping clients recover full and fair compensation for injuries resulting from accidents of all kinds, including car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, accidents with drunk drivers, construction accidents, work-related accidents, accidents on dangerous or poorly-maintained properties, and more.

Attorney Michael Burakoff strongly believes in working closely not only with his clients, but with their families as well. This is through an intimate understanding of exactly how traumatic an accident and resulting injuries can be to the lives of all the family members, not only the injury victim themselves.

With offices in both Morristown and Newton, our firm is ready to provide effective, knowledgeable, and attentive legal service to clients and families in towns across Morris County and Sussex County. To speak with Michael Burakoff and our legal team today regarding your accident, your options for recovering financial 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.

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