Friday, January 18, 2019

Personal Injury Lawyer Morristown NJ


Morristown has a great community, quaint park and some of the most highly rated restaurants in all of New Jersey.  Despite all of the amenities offered by the town, people are sometimes hurt in Morristown through no fault of their own.  When people get hurt in a Morristown accident due to the negligence of another, it is important that they seek the assistance of an experienced Morristown NJ Personal Injury Lawyer.  Super Lawyers is an organization that ranks the best lawyers in Morristown and throughout New Jersey.  Attorney Daniel Sloan has been named to its Rising Stars list since 2016.  He has recovered millions of dollars for his clients. 

Morristown NJ Personal Injury Attorney – Call (908) 358-2938

Personal injury cases are complex and winning them requires an understanding of all aspects of the law in New Jersey.  Handling them on your own is not advisable.  Defense attorneys and insurance adjusters have a great deal of experience handling injury claims.  It is important to have experience on your side too.  On behalf of the client, the Sloan Law Firm will focus on:

§  Getting medical bills paid

§  Recovering compensation for pain and suffering

§  Recuperating lost wages

The Sloan Law Firm handles many different personal injury cases in Morristown, NJ, including:

·        Snow and Ice Accidents

·        Catastrophic Injury

·        Dog Bites

·        Car Accidents

·        Construction Accidents

·        Slip and Falls

·        Medical Malpractice

·        Traumatic Brain Injuries

·        Wrongful Death

·        Product Liability

·        Bus Accidents

·        Truck Accidents

·        Bike Accidents

·        Slip and Falls

·        Spinal Cord Injuries

·        Burns

·        Premises Liability

·        Prescription Drug Errors

·        Sidewalk Accidents


Catastrophic injuries are always tragic.  The can be caused by medical malpractice, tractor-trailer accidents, bus accidents, workplace incidents and in many other ways.  The National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research in the United States classifies catastrophic injuries based on the three outcomes associated with them: fatality, those causing permanent severe functional disability, and those causing severe head or neck trauma with no permanent disability.

Types of Catastrophic Injuries

Common types of acute catastrophic spinal injuries are those associated with unstable fractures and dislocations, intervertebral disc herniation, and transient quadriplegia.  These most commonly affect the cervical spine (neck), but also affect the thoracolumbar spine (back) and cause spinal cord neuropraxia.

A number of injuries can qualify as catastrophic injuries, including:

            Wrongful Death

            Traumatic brain injury

            Severe scarring/burns


            Permanent Vision and Hearing loss

            Loss of Fetus


            Fractured/Broken bones

Recovery from catastrophic injuries is long and complex.  Catastrophic injuries usually require long-term medical care, loss of employment or long-term absence and dipping into retirement to pay medical bills. A life care plan is sometimes established for the patient to address the his or her needs. 

Components of the life care plan may include:

            home renovations

            adaptive van

            durable medical goods/equipment and wheelchairs


            facility care/services

            home care/services

Compensation For Catastrophic Injuries

There is never enough money to compensate those that have sustained catastrophic injuries through no fault of their own.  The Sloan Law Firm will seek justice on behalf of those injured severely.  The Sloan Law Firm will seek, where appropriate, compensation for:

            Medical bills

            Loss of income

            Property damage

            Pain and suffering

            Loss of enjoyment and/or consortium

If you or a loved one sustained a catastrophic injury, the Sloan Law Firm may be able to help.  For free consultations 24 hours a day, call (908) 358-2938. 


Premises liability is the area of law that requires a New Jersey landowner, usually a store owner, to safeguard others on the premises from dangerous or hazardous conditions that could result in injury.  In New Jersey, all commercial property and business owners must provide a safe environment for the people on their property. 

For premises liability to apply, there must be negligence or some other wrongful act by the commercial landowner or some entity using the property, such as a property management company.  It is important to remember that a business is not automatically responsible for an injury simply because an accident occurred on the premises. The business responsible for maintaining the premises may only be liable if there was a wrongful act, such as a failure to inspect the premises or a failure to correct a hazardous condition that the landowner knew about. 

Some common premises liability cases involve:

·        Grocery store negligence – usually a failure to clean up a slippery substance

·        Hazardous sidewalks – a defect in the sidewalk

·        Dangerous stairs or staircases – due to no railing

·        Slip & fall accidents

·        Escalator malfunctions

·        Snow & ice accidents

·        Negligent security

·        Dog or animal attacks

·        Insufficient lighting – many times this occurs in a stairwell

·        Construction site negligence

·        Shopping Center negligence

·        Parking lot hazards

·        Amusement park accidents

·        Swimming pool negligence

·        Faulty electrical wiring

·        Fire

·        Burn hazards – such as an unprotected radiator

For those injured on the premises of another, medical bills can pile up fast.  Victims deserve compensation for their pain and suffering.  In any case, the Sloan Law Firm looks to recover fair and just compensation for those injured through no fault of their own.  This includes: recovering medical expenses, pain and suffering and, where appropriate, lost wages. 


Premises liability cases usually involve “slip and fall” or “trip and fall” accidents.  Slip and fall accident cases are complex and it is important that anyone injured in this manner consult a New Jersey slip and fall lawyer.  The first question when examining a New Jersey slip and fall lawyer usually asks about is the location of the accident.  The reason why this is important is because it is much easier to prove a negligence against a commercial landowner than it is to prove against a residential landowner in New Jersey.  Anyone examining a court docket could immediately determine that many cases are against commercial entities such as:

            Big-box stores

            Home improvement stores

            Grocery stores

            Apartment complexes

            Business complexes

New Jersey premises liability law requires big-box stores, home improvement stores, grocery stores, apartment complexes, business complexes and other commercial landowners to repair or to prevent conditions that could result in someone being hurt.  This includes the sidewalks surrounding the property.  Failure to do so may result in the commercial landowner being held liable for injuries.  

In order to prove that a commercial entity is negligent, an injured victim generally must prove that there was a dangerous or hazardous condition on the premises and that the commercial landowner had knowledge of it.  This is typically done with the help of an expert.  Experts are permitted to give opinions when testifying in court. 

Causes of Slip & Fall Accidents

            Snow and ice accidents

            Re-freezing incidents


            Debris such as wet leaves and garbage

            Indoor paint on an outdoor surface

            Non-slip resistant flooring

            No railing

            Improper lighting


Unlike most other states, the liability of a dog owner for a dog bite is governed by statute in New Jersey.   N.J.S.A. 4:19-16 provides:

The owner of any dog which shall bite a person while such person is on or in a public place, or lawfully on or in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, shall be liable for such damages as may be suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of such dog or the owner's knowledge of such viciousness.

For the purpose of this section, a person is lawfully upon the private property of such owner when he is on the property in the performance of any duty imposed upon him by the laws of this state or the laws or postal regulations of the United States, or when he is on such property upon the invitation, express or implied, of the owner thereof.

Strict Liability

There are a few important aspects of the dog bite statute to point out.  First, the statute makes dog owners strictly liability whenever his or her dog bites someone else.  Generally, a plaintiff in a personal injury case must prove negligence.  This is difficult because many times the plaintiff must find an expert to render an opinion and testify in court as to a defendant’s negligence.  In a dog bite case, a plaintiff does not have to do so.  Under New Jersey’s dog bite law, an owner of a dog that bites another is negligent as a matter of law.  The plaintiff does not have to prove negligence at trial.  The plaintiff does not have to prove that the dog owner knew or should have known that the dog was vicious.  The issue simply whether or not the dog bit another. 

Dog Ownership

There are a few issues, however, that must be addressed before strict liability is applied to a dog bite case.  In many cases, the owner of the dog is not so readily identifiable.  Under the dog bite statute, a dog owner is not defined so the courts are often forced to address the issue.  New Jersey’s courts have been reluctant to identify a landlord as a dog owner.  However, the courts have found that co-inhabitants can both be owners of the dog.  Unless ownership is clear, the courts essentially have to determine who the dog owner is on a case by case basis. 

Lawfully Upon Private Property

It is also important to remember that the victim must be on the property lawfully.  Those that enter the property illegally are generally not able to collect compensation for dog bite injuries.  Sometimes, there are issues as to implied invitation.  In cases of implied invitation, the issue may have to be determined at trial.


Those injured as a result of a dog that he or she provoked are not usually entitled to compensation.  In some cases, a trial is the only way to determine whether the dog was provoked because what is and what is not provocation can be in dispute.  Is teasing the dog provocation?  Some jurors may so yes and some may say no.

A person injured in New Jersey as a result of a dog bite must therefore show three elements for the owner to be liable:

                     The defendant is the owner of the dog;

                     The dog bit the injured party; and

                     The bite occurred while the injured person was in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the dog owner’s property.

Any person injured as a result of a dog bite is entitled to compensation when these elements are satisfied assuming none of the exceptions apply.


One of the first steps in examining an auto accident case in Morristown, New Jersey is to review the police crash investigation report.  Many times, auto accidents are the result of a rear-end impact, an improper left-hand turn or carelessly entering a traffic intersection.  As a general rule, drivers that cause a rear-end impact to the vehicle in front of them or drivers making a left-hand turn that results in an impact are negligent.  In addition, any driver that does not stop at an intersection with a stop sign or a red light is clearly negligent.  Occasionally, there are cases where a passenger is injured in a two-car accident and both drivers are negligent.  For these reasons, the police report is a very important document in any auto accident case to determine who was at fault.

Generally, the police report will also identify any aggravating circumstances involved in the auto accident.  For example, the police report may identify whether any driver involved in an accident was under the influence of alcohol or whether the accident was a Hit and Run.  

Types of Morristown, NJ Auto Accidents:

·        Car Accidents

·        Truck Accidents

·        Tractor-Trailer Accidents

·        Bus Accidents

·        Motorcycle Accidents

·        Bicycle Accidents

·        Pedestrian Accidents

·        Taxi Accidents

·        Uber Accidents

·        Lyft Accidents

·        Crosswalk accidents

·        Parking Lot Accidents


Motorcycles have always been allowed on the New Jersey Turnpike.  However, this has not always been true for the Garden State Parkway. Motorcyclists were allowed on Garden State Parkway when it opened in 1951.  In 1961, things changed for motorcyclists in New Jersey.  Believe it or not, operating a motorcycle on the Garden State Parkway between 1961 and 1975 was illegal because of the personal injury and property damage due to motorcycle accidents.  In 1975, Governor Byrne signed a bill allowing motorcyclists to operate on the Garden State Parkway again under pressure from motorcycle groups, provided they abide by new safety rules, including the use of protective gear and minimum power.

New Jersey residents operating a motorcycle must have either: (1) a motorcycle endorsement on their existing driver license or (2) a separate motorcycle license. All motorcycles must be titled, registered and insured.  Under the New Jersey Helmet Law:

No person shall operate or ride upon a motorcycle unless he wears a securely fitted protective helmet of a size proper for that person and of a type approved by the federal DOT. Such a helmet must be equipped with either a neck or chin strap and be reflectorized on both sides.

New Jersey recommends the following safety tips for motorists traveling near or around motorcyclists: 

·        Be Alert for Motorcycles - Heavy traffic could hide a motorcycle. Be aware constantly.

·        Anticipate Hazards for Motorcycles - Be prepared to react to poor road conditions, such as debris or oil slicks, railroad tracks or raised manhole covers.

·        Do Not Tailgate Motorcycles - They require less stopping distance than other vehicles.

·        Share the Road - Sharing the road will save lives. Motorcyclists and motorists abide by the same traffic laws. To avoid crashes, obey speed laws, warning signs and traffic signals. Share the road. Remember that motorcycles are much smaller and maneuver faster than other vehicles, so always check your mirrors twice.

Motorcycle Accidents in New Jersey

Despite the safety precautions, there are occasions when motorcyclists are involved in auto accidents. Between 2007 to 2016, motorcycle fatalities varied. In 2011, New Jersey recorded the highest number of fatalities (93).  In 2015, New Jersey recorded the lowest number (50).  New Jersey recorded over 12,000 motorcycle crashes between 2011 and 2015.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in New Jersey

Operating a motorcycle on the New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway or any other roadway in New Jersey can be dangerous.  The dangers associated with operating a motorcycle can increase when the following conditions are present:

·        Driver fatigue

·        Construction on the roadway

·        Inexperience

·        Road construction

·        Poor visibility

·        Slippery conditions involving oil, rain or ice

·        Road Bends, Curves and hills

It is important for anyone injured in a New Jersey motorcycle accident through no fault of their own to consult with a Morristown NJ New Jersey Motorcycle Accident Lawyer because, many times, the injuries are severe.   The Sloan Law Firm handles accidents involving motorcycles, ATVs, Dirt Bikes and any other type of motorcycle in Morristown, New Jersey.  


The Sloan Law Firm works on a contingency basis when handling personal injury cases, which means there is no upfront legal expenses and there is no attorney fee unless damages are recovered on behalf of the client.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a Morristown, NJ accident and need to speak to an experienced Morristown NJ Personal Injury Attorney, you can reach the Sloan Law Firm at: (908) 358-2938 for a free consultation.  Attorney Daniel Sloan has recovered millions of dollars for his clients.


§  $1,000,000 Recovery – Pedestrian hit by motor vehicle

§  $850,000 Recovery – Motorist struck by truck on highway

§  $250,000 Recovery – Husband and wife struck from behind on highway


Friday, June 15, 2018

Guide to the Morris County, NJ Municipal Courts

Morris County NJ Municipal Court System

In Morris County and throughout New Jersey, Municipal Courts handle matters such as traffic tickets (including DUI), town ordinance violations and disorderly persons offenses.  Disorderly persons offenses are sometimes referred to as misdemeanors.

Where are the Municipal Courts in Morris County, New Jersey located?

Boonton Municipal Court
(Shared with Parsippany-Troy Hills)
3333 Route 46 East
Parsippany, NJ 07054
Phone: (973) 263-4290 or 4291

Boonton Township Municipal Court
155 Powerville Road
Boonton Township, NJ 07005
Phone: Phone: (973) 402-4006

Butler Municipal Court
1 Ace Road
Butler NJ 0740
Phone: (973) 838-0559

Chatham Borough Municipal Court
(Shared with Chatham Township, Harding, Madison and Morris)
Hartley Dodge Building
50 Kings Road
Madison, NJ 07940
Phone: (973) 593-3026

Chatham Township Municipal Court
(Shared with Chatham Borough, Harding, Madison and Morris)
Hartley Dodge Building
50 Kings Road
Madison, NJ 07940
Phone: (973) 593-3026

Chester Borough Municipal Court
(Shared with Mendham Borough)
50 North Road
Chester, NJ 07930
Phone: (908) 879-3660 ext. 2126

Chester Township Municipal Court
(Shared with Mendham Township)
1 Parker Road
Chester, NJ 07930
Phone: (908) 879-5100 ext. 816

Denville Township Municipal Court
(Shared with Mountain Lakes)
1 St. Mary’s Place
Denville, NJ 07834
Phone: (973) 625-8300

Dover Municipal Court
(Shared with Mine Hill and Victory Gardens)
37 North Sussex Street
Dover, NJ 07801
Phone: (973) 366-2200

East Hanover Township Municipal Court
(Shared with Hanover)
1000 Route 10 West
Whippany, NJ 07981
Phone: (973) 428-2519

Florham Park Municipal Court
111 Ridgedale Avenue
Florham Park, NJ 07932
Phone: (973) 410-5324

Hanover Township Municipal Court
(Shared with East Hanover)
1000 Route 10 West
Whippany, NJ 07981
Phone: (973) 428-2519

Harding Township Municipal Court
(Shared with Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, Madison and Morris)
Hartley Dodge Building
50 Kings Road
Madison, NJ 07940
Phone: (973) 593-3026

Jefferson Township Municipal Court
1033 Weldon Road
Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849
Phone: (973) 208-6129

Kinnelon Municipal Court
130 Kinnelon Road
Kinnelon, NJ 07405
Phone: (973) 838-7644

Lincoln Park Municipal Court

34 Chapel Hill Road
Lincoln Park, NJ 07035
Phone: (973) 694-6100 ext. 2067

Long Hill Township Municipal Court
915 Valley Road
Gillette, NJ 07933
Phone: (908) 647-8000

Madison Municipal Court
(Shared with Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, Harding and Morris)
Hartley Dodge Memorial
50 Kings Road
Madison, NJ 07940
Phone: (973) 593-3026

Mendham Borough Municipal Court
(Shared with Chester Borough)
50 North Road
Chester, NJ 07930
Phone: (908) 879-3660 Ext.2126

Mendham Township Municipal Court
(Shared with Chester Township)
1 Parker Rd
Chester, NJ 07930
Phone: (908) 879-5100 ext. 816

Mine Hill Township Municipal Court
(Shared with Dover and Victory Gardens)
37 North Sussex Street
Dover, NJ 07801
Phone: (973) 366-2200

Montville Municipal Court
360 Route 202, Suite 2
Montville, NJ 07045
Phone: (973) 335-1022

Morris Plains Municipal Court
531 Speedwell Avenue, 2nd Floor
Morris Plains, NJ 07950
Phone: (973) 538-4019 ext. 206

Morris Township Municipal Court
(Shared with Chatham Township, Chatham Borough, Harding and Madison)
Hartley Dodge Building
50 Kings Road
Madison, NJ 07940
Phone: (973) 593-3026

Morristown Municipal Court
200 South Street
Morristown, NJ 07960
Phone: (973) 292-6687

Mount Arlington Municipal Court
419 Howard Boulevard
Mount Arlington, NJ 07856
Phone: (973) 398-6832

Mount Olive Township Municipal Court
(Shared with Netcong)
204 Flanders-Drakestown Road
Budd Lake, N.J. 07828
Phone: (973) 691-0900

Mountain Lakes Municipal Court
(Shared with Denville)
1 St. Mary’s Place
Denville, NJ 07834
Phone: (973) 625-8300

Netcong Municipal Court

(Shared with Mount Olive)
204 Flanders-Drakestown Road
Budd Lake, NJ 07828
Phone: (973) 691-0900

Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Municipal Court

(Shared with Boonton)
3333 Route 46 East
Parsippany, NJ 07054
Phone: (973) 263-4290

Pequannock Township Municipal Court

530 Newark-Pompton Turnpike, 2nd Floor
Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
Phone: (973) 835-5700 ext.114

Randolph Municipal Court

502 Millbrook Avenue
Randolph, NJ 07869
Phone: (973) 989-7054

Riverdale Municipal Court

91 Newark-Pompton Turnpike
Riverdale, NJ 07457
Phone: (973) 835-1013

Rockaway Borough Municipal Court

(Shared with Boonton and Parsippany-Troy Hills)
3333 Route 46 East
Parsippany, NJ 07054
Phone: (973) 263-4290

Rockaway Township Municipal Court

65 Mount Hope Road
Rockaway, NJ 07866
Phone: (973) 627-9000

Roxbury Township Municipal Court

1715 Route 46 West
Ledgewood, NJ 07852
Phone: (973) 448-2033

Victory Gardens Municipal Court

(Shared with Dover and Mine Hill)
37 North Sussex Street
Dover, NJ 07801
Phone: (973) 366-2200

Washington Township Municipal Court

43 Schooley’s Mountain Road
Long Valley, NJ 07853
Phone: (908) 876-3852

Wharton Municipal Court

(Shared with Mount Arlington)
419 Howard Boulevard
Mount Arlington, NJ 07856
Phone: (973) 398-6832

What Kinds of Criminal Offenses Are Handled in the Morris County Municipal Courts?

Criminal offenses include:

• Shoplifting
• Simple Assault
• Harassment
• Marijuana Possession
• Drug Paraphernalia
• Disorderly Conduct
• Underage Drinking
• Public Intoxication
• Loitering
• Destruction of Property
• Resisting Arrest

Many municipal courts have court only once a week. When people go to court, there is usually a full calendar. Busier towns have court more than once a week. There is no set rule for how many times a municipal court must meet.

Who Works in Municipal Courts?

In any court session, you will certainly see the municipal court judge. Municipal Court judges are usually appointed by the town mayor, which is why the municipal court judge changes from time to time. It does not mean that the municipal court judge is doing a bad job. Most of the time, it has to do with politics.

Aside from the judge, you may see the town prosecutor. Because of the heavy caseload, the prosecutor is usually in his or her office negotiating plea agreements with various defendants. Occasionally, the judge will require an explanation from the prosecutor as to a particular plea agreement and then the prosecutor will appear. The prosecutor will also be there for any trial.

Every town has one or more public defenders as well. In Morris County municipal courts, public defenders are available to those that are charged with a criminal offense or serious traffic infraction. In addition, the defendant must qualify financially. If you qualify for the public defender, the cost is $200. Like the prosecutor, public defenders usually have very heavy caseloads as well.

Usually, you will also see private criminal defense attorneys. Unlike the public defender, the private criminal defense lawyer is usually there on behalf of one client. His or her time and efforts are devoted completely towards one client. Private attorney cases are usually handled first.
Aside from the lawyers, you will probably also notice:

• Court administrators
• Court clerks
• Police officers
• Interpreters
• Violation bureau clerks

How Does a Municipal Court Session Work?

It is really up to the judge to determine how he or she wants to handle the court session. Generally speaking, first appearances are handled first because they take the least amount of time. First appearances are for defendants to hear the charges against them and to enter an initial plea of guilty or not guilty. You may hear on the cable news about a not guilty plea from a defendant that appears to be obviously guilty. It is important to point out that this is an initial plea and not guilty plea is done initially many times so that the defendant can obtain a lawyer. Judges are very reluctant to put through a guilty plea without a lawyer present for the defendant. After you enter your first appearance in municipal court, the court will schedule your case for either a trial or a conference. Whether the matter is listed for trial or a conference usually depends on the nature of the charge.

After first appearances are out of the way, the judge will typically take plea agreements. Plea agreements are relatively quick but usually take longer than first appearances. Plea agreements are generally the result of a conference between the prosecutor and the criminal defense attorney.

Trials are always handled last. They take the most amount of time and it allows the judge to get through everyone else’s case so that they are not waiting around for the trial to end just to enter a not guilty plea or put through a plea agreement.

Can I Pay My Traffic Ticket Online?

Parking tickets and some traffic tickets can be paid online. Some traffic tickets require a court appearance. The ticket usually has a boxed checked off that will notify you as to whether or not a court appearance is required.

Pay Your Traffic Ticket Online Here

Morris County NJ Criminal Defense Lawyer – (908) 358-2938

The Sloan Law Firm aggressively defends clients dealing with criminal charges and traffic infractions in every Morris County municipal court and throughout New Jersey. If you have received a summons for a traffic ticket or a criminal offense and would like to speak with a Morris County NJ Municipal Court Attorney, call (908) 358-2938. The initial consultation is free.

The firm serves clients in: Boonton, Butler, Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, Chester Borough, Chester Township, Denville Township, Dover, East Hanover Township, Florham Park, Hanover Township, Harding, Jefferson Township, Kinnelon, Lincoln Park, Long Hill, Madison, Mendham, Mendham Township, Mine Hill Township, Montville, Morris Plains, Morris, Morristown, Mount Arlington, Mount Olive Township, Mountain Lakes, Netcong, Parsippany-Troy Hills Township, Randolph , Rockaway Borough, Roxbury, Victory Gardens, Washington Township, Wharton and throughout Morris County.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

How Does a Personal Injury Case Work in Morris County, NJ?


For those injured in a car accident in New Jersey, it is important to consult with a New Jersey Personal Injury Attorney as soon as possible.  Most NJ personal injury lawyers will provide a free initial consultation and work on a contingency fee basis so there is really no downside to consulting with one.  It will give you an opportunity to review your rights and responsibilities.


As soon as an auto accident occurs, word of the accident spreads pretty quickly.  Generally, the police find out immediately as someone calls them from the scene.  Later, a police report is generated and made available to the public.  If there are injuries reported to the police at the scene, the police will call an ambulance to take those injured to the hospital unless they refuse treatment.  Those requiring an ambulance and a hospital visit often forget that auto insurance is the primary insurer in NJ for the medical bills incurred from the accident unless health insurance was previously chosen as primary on the insurance application.


For those that elect to obtain the services of a personal injury attorney in NJ, the lawyer and the client will enter into a retainer agreement.  The attorney will usually work on a contingency fee basis under the retainer agreement.  This means that the client pays nothing up front.  The lawyer will take his or her fee at the end of the case out of any recovery.


Most New Jersey residents have a limitation on lawsuit threshold on their auto insurance policy.  A limitation on lawsuit threshold prevents those injured in a car accident from filing a lawsuit against the party that caused it unless they fall into one of six exceptions:
  1. Death
  2. Dismemberment
  3. Significant Disfigurement or Scarring
  4. Displaced fracture
  5. Loss of a Fetus
  6. Permanent Injury (an injury to a body part that has not and will not healed to function normally)


After signing up with a NJ Personal Injury Attorney, the lawyer will have to collect the client’s medical records and review the law to determine whether there is a case.  This is based upon the lawyer’s opinion and many times lawyers disagree.  Assuming there is a case, the lawyer will file a Complaint on behalf of the client.  It is then incumbent upon the defendant to file an Answer.  The discovery period begins as well.  Discovery is the period in which the plaintiff and the defendant exchange information.  In a car accident case, this generally involves exchanging medical records, answering written questions, answering oral questions at a deposition and undergoing medical examinations.  The discovery period can take over a year to complete.


Once discovery is over, the matter will go to arbitration.  Arbitration is like a mini-trial before an arbitrator.  An arbitrator is an experienced lawyer in the community with no connection to the case who is selected at random to review it.  Witnesses can testify before the arbitrator.  Medical records are reviewed by the arbitrator.  A decision will then be made by the arbitrator as to how much the case is worth.


Arbitration in non-binding and, therefore, either party can reject the arbitrator’s decision.  If either party rejects the arbitrator’s decision, the matter will be listed for trial.  Most trials for car accident cases are over within a week.  At trial, witnesses such as the plaintiff, the defendant, the medical doctors, witnesses of the accident, experts, etc…are called to testify.  The lawyers for the plaintiff and the defendant will give opening and closing statements as well.  Following the closing statements, the jury will then decide the issues.  In a car accident case, the issues generally pertain to who was at fault for the accident, whether the plaintiff’s injures met the limitation on lawsuit threshold and how much to award in compensation.

So, when does the car accident case settle?

A car accident case can settle at any moment during this entire process.  There are many, many factors that go into when and whether the case settles.  Unfortunately, it varies on a case-by-case basis.  Sometimes, it doesn’t settle and a trial is necessary.

If you have been injured in a NJ car accident, it is a good idea to discuss the matter with a NJ Personal Injury Lawyer.  The Sloan Law Firm handles auto accident cases in Parsippany, Mount Olive, Randolph, Rockaway, Roxbury, Montville, Morristown, Florham Park, Chatham, Long Hill, Boonton, Hanover, Long Hill and throughout Morris County, New Jersey and can be reached at (908) 358-2938 to discuss any matter. 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

New Jersey Motor Vehicle Points Schedule

NJSA point schedule
New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway
27:23-29Moving against traffic2
27:23-29Improper passing4
27:23-29Unlawful use of median strip2
All roads and highways
39:3-20Operating constructor vehicle in excess of 45 mph3
39:4-14.3Operating motorized bicycle on a restricted highway2
39:4-14.3dMore than one person on a motorized bicycle2
39:4-35Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk2
39:4-36Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk; passing a vehicle yielding to pedestrian in crosswalk2
39:4- 41Driving through safety zone2
39:4-52Racing on highway5
39:4-55Improper action or omission on grades and curves2
39:4-57Failure to observe direction of officer2
39:4-66Failure to stop vehicle before crossing sidewalk2
39:4-66.1Failure to yield to pedestrians or vehicles while entering or leaving highway2
39:4-66.2Driving on public or private property to avoid a traffic sign or signal2
39:4-71Operating a motor vehicle on a sidewalk2
39:4-80Failure to obey direction of officer2
39:4-81Failure to observe traffic signals* (Red Light Camera- 0 pts.)2
*No points assessed for red light camera violation0
39:4-82Failure to keep right2
39:4-82.1Improper operating of vehicle on divided highway or divider2
39:4-83Failure to keep right at intersection2
39:4-84Failure to pass to right of vehicle proceeding in opposite direction5
39:4-85Improper passing on right or off roadway4
39:4-85.1Wrong way on a one-way street2
39:4-86Improper passing in no passing zone4
39:4-87Failure to yield to overtaking vehicle2
39:4-88Failure to observe traffic lanes2
39:4-90Failure to yield at intersection2
39:4-90.1Failure to use proper entrances to limited access highways2
Failure to yield to emergency vehicles2
39:4-96Reckless driving5
39:4-97Careless driving2
39:4-97aDestruction of agricultural or recreational property2
39:4-97.1Slow speed blocking traffic2
39:4-97.2Driving in an unsafe manner (points only for third or subsequent offense within five years of most recent 39:4-97.2 conviction)4
39:4-98Exceeding maximum speed 1-14 mph over limit2
Exceeding maximum speed 15-29 mph over limit4
Exceeding maximum speed 30 mph or more over limit5
39:4-105Failure to stop for traffic light2
39:4-115Improper turn at traffic light3
39:4-119Failure to stop at flashing red signal2
39:4-122Failure to stop for police whistle2
39:4-123Improper right or left turn3
39:4-124Improper turn from approved turning course3
39:4-125Improper u-turn3
39:4-126Failure to give proper signal2
39:4-127Improper backing or turning in street2
39:4-127.1Improper crossing of railroad grade crossing2
39:4-127.2Improper crossing of bridge2
39:4-128Improper crossing of railroad grade crossing by certain vehicles2
39:4-128.1Improper passing of school bus5
39:4-128.4Improper passing of frozen dessert truck4
39:4-129Leaving the scene of an accident -
no personal injury
Personal injury8
39:4-144Failure to observe stop or yield signs2
39:5C-1Racing on highway5
39:5D-4Moving violation committed out-of-state2

The Sloan Law Firm serves clients in traffic ticket matters in Parsippany, Mount Olive, Randolph, Rockaway, Roxbury, Montville, Morristown, Florham Park, Chatham, Long Hill, Boonton, Hanover, Long Hill, Chester and throughout Morris County, New Jersey.  If you have been charged with a traffic infraction, the Sloan Law Firm may be able to get the amount of motor vehicle points reduced or eliminated altogether.  For a free initial consultation, call (908) 358-2938.

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