New Jersey Personal Injury Resources
If you have been injured in a car, truck or motorcycle accident, or due to a defective product or for some other reason, the following links may provide you with information and resources that can help you secure adequate care or learn more about safety laws and regulations that may have been violated. We hope this page serves as a valuable resource for individuals seeking information about New Jersey car accidents and other instances of personal injury or wrongful death brought about by the negligence or wrongful conduct of another. If you need more information or wish to speak with an experienced injury attorney about a civil tort claim in New Jersey, contact the Law Offices of Andrew R. Jacobs for a free consultation.
Automobile Accident Resources
At the website for the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), you can find out about all of the projects NJDOT has in the works and what stage they are at. Tips on safe driving and travel alerts, as well as biking and pedestrian safety, can be found here, along with crash records and other information.
The mission of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is to ensure a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets the vital national interests of the country and enhances the quality of life of the American people. DOT agencies include the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), providing data, research, laws and regulations on driving safety and vehicle safety, including child safety car seats and distracted driving such as texting while driving.
A project of the DOT and NHTSA, Distraction.gov is the official U.S. government website for distracted driving. Get facts and statistics on texting while driving as well as cell phone use, eating and drinking, talking to passengers, reading maps or using a navigation system, adjusting the radio or putting on makeup while driving. Links to New Jersey state laws on distracted driving can be found here as well.
The Bureau of Transportation Studies is a statistical agency covering over a dozen subject areas, including traffic congestion, passenger travel, safety and freight. Transportation safety data includes drunk driving, speeding and other factors often involved in automobile accidents.
At the website for the State of New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, you can find information on penalties and fines and how violations are recorded on your driving record, as well as information on vehicle inspections and what to do if your vehicle fails inspection. You can find information here about school bus safety records and tips on sharing the road to avoid motorcycle accidents.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety conducts research to address growing highway safety issues. The Foundation identifies traffic safety problems and disseminates information and educational materials to prevent traffic crashes and minimize injuries by helping people become better drivers.
Advocates for Highway Safety is an alliance of consumer, health and safety groups, along with insurance companies and insurance agents, working together to maker America’s roads safer. Advocates encourages the adoption of federal and state laws, policies and programs that save lives and reduce injuries.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is an independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization, funded by auto insurers and insurance associations, dedicated to losses such as injuries, death and property damage from crashes on the nation’s roads.
The National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization that works to prevent injuries and deaths on the road through research, education and advocacy on issues such as distracted driving and teen driving. NSC also works to prevent accidents at work and the home through workplace safety and community initiatives.
The Insurance Information Institute is an organization of insurance companies that sets out to improve public understanding of insurance – what it does and how it works.
If your vehicle has been severely damaged or totaled in a car accident, the Kelley Blue Book can help you estimate the vehicle’s worth and replacement value.
Trucking Accident Resources
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the arm of the U.S. Department of Transportation tasked with preventing injuries and fatalities related to the operation of commercial motor vehicles such as trucks. In furtherance of this aim, FMCSA implements and enforces safety regulations covering inspection and maintenance of semi-trucks, maximum hours of service for truck drivers, required safety equipment on tractor-trailers, and more. Post-accident inspection of records and logs may reveal whether the trucker and trucking company were in compliance with FMCSA regulations.
Railroad and Train Accident Resources
New Jersey Transit is New Jersey’s public transportation corporation, overseeing over 2,000 buses, more than 700 trains, and 45 light rail vehicles on 236 bus routes and 11 rail lines statewide. Visit their site for Travel Alerts and Advisories, or create your own customized routes and receive transit alerts on your phone.
The Federal Railroad Administration implements regulations to help identify rail flaws and eliminate the risk of derailments and other railroad accidents. FERA conducts railroad safety inspections, investigates railroad accidents and employee fatalities, and develops and implements safety rules and standards.
Motorcycle Accident Resources
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation is a national, not-for-profit organization sponsored by motorcycle manufacturers and is the developer of the Rider Education and Training System (MSF RETS), a curricula designed to promote lifelong-earning for motorcyclists and continuous professional development for certified RiderCoaches and other trainers. MSF also participates in government relations, safety research and public awareness campaigns.
The Motorcycle Industry Council, now in its 100th year, is a not-for-profit industry association that lobbies on behalf of motorcycle manufacturers and dealers.
The American Motorcyclist Association is the world’s largest motorcycling organization. The AMA advocates for motorcyclists’ interests at the local, state and federal levels of government, promotes motorsports competitions and recreational events, and oversees the Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
Resources for Defective Products/Product Liability
The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) is the government agency charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of consumer products which pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. Find up-to-date information on product recalls at this site, along with laws and regulations, research and statistics, and more.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) protects public health by regulating the food and drug industries, as well as medical devices, products that emit radiation, cosmetics and tobacco products.
Looking for a one-stop shop to stay current on all types of consumer recalls? Recalls.gov maintains lists of recalled consumer products, motor vehicles, boats, food, medicine, cosmetics, and environmental products. Sign up to receive e-mail alerts on recalled products in the areas you are most interested in, or subscribe to them all.
Resources for Workplace Injuries
The mission of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance. At the state level, workplace safety standards are developed and enforced by the New Jersey Department of Health, Occupational Health Service and the Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health (PEOSH).
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducts research and makes recommendations to prevent workplace illnesses and injuries.
Resources for Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
The Brain Injury Association of America is the country’s oldest and largest nationwide brain injury advocacy organization. Find state chapters and information on living with brain injury here. Other valuable resources for traumatic brain injury include TBI Resources and the Brain Injury Resource Center.
Good resources for information on spinal cord injury, including living with spinal cord paralysis as well as medical innovations and advances in treatment, include the American Paraplegia Society, the American Spinal Injury Association and the National Spinal Cord Injury Association.