New Jersey’s Distracted Driving Law – “U Drive, U Text, U Pay”

Posted on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017    

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. During New Jersey’s enforcement of its “U Drive, U Text, U Pay” campaign (which is also a national campaign), if you are observed by a NJ Police Officer as being distracted while driving, such as texting or viewing your navigation system, you are at even more risk of getting pulled over and paying a steep fine. This campaign focuses on violations of the New Jersey Cell Phone Statute 39:4-97.3.  Lawmakers and those who enforce it, want to ensure the driver’s focus is on safely operating their vehicle, and not distracted by another device.

Per the state’s nj.gov website on the crackdown of distracted driving, “All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:

  • Texting
  • Using a cell phone or smartphone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

Because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.”  The first offense will cost you between $200 – $400, which does NOT include court costs.  A second offense will cost you between $400 – $600.

Each year, thousands of people are killed across the country as a result of distracted driving.  In a 2016 AAA survey of 655 New Jersey motorists, 94 percent said they believe other drivers are very, or somewhat, distracted when using a hand-held phone or a hands-free device to talk or text. Distracted driving can lead to very serious and fatal accidents. We urge everyone in New Jersey to take a pledge never to text and drive, since it puts everyone’s lives at risk. No phone call or text message is ever worth endangering yourself or others.

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If you or a family member have been injured in an accident, or lost a loved one, due to the actions of a distracted driver, it is important to contact our team of experienced New Jersey Accident lawyers.  Todd J. Leonard is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney, and has devoted his entire career to fighting for his clients’ rights. Our firm passionately represents our clients who have been injured, and our New Jersey Personal Injury Attorneys are dedicated to doing their best in helping their clients, and will always stay in close communication with you.

The Todd J. Leonard Law Firm can get you the justice you deserve. Call (973) 920-7900 today!


New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Injury Lawyers – “Know Your Rights”

Posted on Tuesday, April 4th, 2017    

In New Jersey, if you get injured while on the job, it is very important to know your rights. New Jersey’s Workers’ Compensation Law (Title 34, Chapter 15) ensures those employees who suffer work-related injuries, receive workers’ compensation benefits.

There are many misconceptions about filing a workers’ compensation claim. Often, the injured employee is concerned that if they file a claim, the company will terminate their employment, or there will be some form of retaliation or retribution against them. However, the law clearly protects the injured employee from such actions.

The workers’ compensation statute requires that an employee who is hurt on the job must report the injury to their employer as soon as possible.

Upon notice to your employer of the accident, you are entitled to three benefits. Your rights in New Jersey workers’ compensation claims include the following:

  • all of your medical treatment and bills will be covered as long as you go to an authorized doctor
  • while you are unable to work and healing, you will receive 70% of your wages up to a state maximum
  • you are entitled to a “Permanency Award” – this applies to a functional loss or disability that is attributed to your on-the-job injury

Many work-related injuries are attributed to construction site accidents, slip and fall accidents, truck accidents, and car accidents, which often involve a third party or outside contractor.

If a third-party and/or outside contractor caused or contributed to your accident, you may also be able to bring a claim for your damages from that person or company as well. These cases are often complex and require a thorough evaluation. Therefore, it is very important to seek the advice of a qualified and experienced attorney.

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The Todd J. Leonard Law Firm has over 25 years of experience handling all types of serious personal injury accidents, including workers’ compensation claims. They will fight for your rights, which includes getting the medical treatment you need, any wages you are legally owed, and compensation for your injuries. Additionally, our team of lawyers will be in contact with your employer’s insurance carrier to ensure you receive timely authorization for your medical treatment, and when you can return to work, if at all.

Todd J. Leonard is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney, has a 10.0 Superb rating from Avvo, was named by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” for Civil Litigation, and was once again selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers® list.

The New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers at the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm have over 25 years experience successfully handling all types of serious accidents, and have represented thousands of clients throughout New Jersey. We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients.

There are strict time limitations to file your workers’ compensation claim.Please give us a call today at (973) 920-7900 to request a Free Confidential Consultation. We do not charge any fees unless we recover compensation for you. We have offices conveniently located in Denville, Morristown, Woodbridge, and Newark.


Todd J. Leonard Named to the 2017 Super Lawyers® List for New Jersey

Posted on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017    

The Todd J. Leonard Law Firm is proud to announce that Managing Partner Todd J. Leonard has once again been selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers® list, which was published on March 14, 2017. Todd was also honored by this accolade in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Each year, Super Lawyers® Magazine only chooses up to 5% of attorneys in each state to be included in its listing. Attorney Todd Leonard’s accomplishment of being continually selected year after year clearly demonstrates his excellence in personal injury litigation.

Per the Super Lawyers® website, it states “Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The patented selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.”

Todd J. Leonard has also received other important accreditations and accolades, including being Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney, a 10.0 Superb rating from Avvo, named by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” for Civil Litigation, is a Life Member of the Multi-Million and Million Dollars Advocates Forum, and was recognized as one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” for Civil Litigation for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for TANJ (Trial Attorneys New Jersey).

Todd proudly continues the legacy of providing outstanding personal injury representation by his late father, Alvin R. Leonard, a legendary New Jersey trial attorney. The New Jersey Accident Lawyers at the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm handle all types of serious accidents and wrongful death lawsuits, including car accidents, traumatic brain injuries, truck accidents, slip and fall accidents, and workers’ compensation claims.

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At the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm, we have over 25 years of experience helping injured people in New Jersey. We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation. Call (973) 920-7900 today to set up a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable injury attorneys.

The Super Lawyers list is issued by Thomson Reuters. A detailed description of the Super Lawyers selection methodology can be found at http://www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process.html, which details the Super Lawyers Selection Process. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.


Todd J. Leonard Coaches Morris County Special Olympics Basketball Team

Posted on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017    

Managing Partner, Todd J. Leonard, Esq., of the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm, has been coaching the Special Olympics Basketball program for Morris County for over 15 years, which is run through the Arc of Morris County, New Jersey (“McArp”). The Special Olympics North Sectional Basketball Tournament was held this past weekend (March 11 – March 12, 2017) at St. Elizabeth’s and Fairleigh Dickinson University campuses, and five McArp teams competed (White, Green, Gold, Red and Blue teams). There were over 140 athletes on twenty (20) different teams from various Northern New Jersey counties, including Bergen County, Passaic County, Morris County, Warren County, Essex County, Hudson County, and Sussex County.

EXCITING NEWS! McArp’s Green, Gold, and Blue teams are advancing to the State of New Jersey Special Olympics Tournament, which will be held on March 25th and March 26th in Wildwood, New Jersey. Todd coached the Gold team to “Gold,” and his Blue team won a Silver Medal and qualified for the State Tournament. Additionally, Henry Enright, the Director of Business Development at the Todd J. Leonard’s Law Firm, has been coaching McArp’s Special Olympics Basketball for over seven years, and his Green team won the Gold Medal.

Todd has always been proud of these amazing athletes’ outstanding play, sportsmanship, and teamwork. Todd welcomes anyone interested in joining this program to contact him to learn more about helping out or joining this wonderful program.


Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Posted on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017    

There are many causes of traumatic brain injuries, including slip and fall accidents, car accidents, or getting struck in the head while working. Traumatic brain injuries (or TBI) can cause death or disabling lifelong injuries, which can be devastating to both the injured and their family.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), TBI is a major cause of death and disability in the United States, contributing to about 30% of all injury deaths. Indeed, motor vehicle crashes were the second leading cause of TBI-related deaths (26%) for 2006–2010. Those who survive a TBI can face effects lasting a few days (mild concussion) to the rest of their lives (impaired thinking or memory, movement, vision, hearing, personality changes, or depression). The Brain Injury Association of America has noted the unpredictability of brain injuries, as “no two brain injuries are exactly the same,” depending instead on what caused the injury, its location on the brain, and the severity.

For example, in a car accident, a serious brain injury can occur due to the strong rotation of the head caused by the vehicle’s impact, because the unmoving brain lags behind the movement of the skull.

The Todd J. Leonard Law Firm has over 25 years of experience handling all types of serious personal injury accidents, including traumatic brain injuries. Our New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys will thoroughly investigate your accident and hold the parties responsible for all your injuries and losses. Todd J. Leonard is a member of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey (BIANJ), and is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney. Moreover, our firm has vast experience consulting with neurosurgeons, neurologists, rehabilitation centers, and therapists regarding our clients’ traumatic brain injuries.

If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury from a car accident, slip and fall accident, truck accident, workers’ compensation accident, or any other type of serious accident please contact our firm.

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Our team of experienced New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys can offer the advice you can trust and need during this difficult time. New Jersey has a two-year statute of limitations time limit, whereby a person can bring an injury lawsuit, so it is important to contact us now.

The New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers at the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm have over 25 years experience successfully handling all types of serious accidents, and have represented thousands of individuals throughout New Jersey. Give us a call today at (973) 920-7900 to request a free, confidential consultation.

We have offices conveniently located in Denville, Morristown, Woodbridge, and Newark.


New Jersey’s New Law Regulating Ride-Sharing Companies – Uber & Lyft

Posted on Friday, February 24th, 2017    

On Friday, February 10, 2017, the “Transportation Network Company Safety and Regulatory Act” was signed into law by Governor Christie. The new law imposes standards regarding driver eligibility, background checks, and insurance coverage for ride-sharing companies, such as Uber and Lyft.

The statute requires mandatory insurance coverage provided by both the driver and the ride-sharing company. Also, the new legislation requires any ride-share driver be banned from employment if they’ve been convicted of certain crimes; e.g., homicide, sexual assault, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, reckless driving, and possession or sale of a controlled dangerous substance. Unlike New York, this new law does not require the driver be fingerprinted (which is a more exact means of verification). However, we feel strongly that there should be mandatory fingerprint checks in New Jersey to add additional safety measures for passengers.

Significantly, a “limitation on lawsuit option” cannot be asserted by the ride-sharing company or its driver in any action for damages arising from a prearranged ride, or asserted against any party not receiving personal injury protection (PIP) benefits in any action for damages arising from a prearranged ride. In sum, companies such as Uber and Lyft cannot argue that passengers who are injured have a limitation lawsuit, which would have required they have a permanent injury based on objective evidence. Ride-sharing companies will now be treated similarly to a livery vehicle or trucking company in the event they are involved in an accident; i.e., “no limitation lawsuit threshold.”

Lastly, ride-sharing companies will now be required to carry $1.5 million of liability coverage and $1.5 million uninsured/underinsured coverage when a passenger is in the vehicle (it was previously set at $1 million of coverage for both categories).

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When you or a loved one are seriously injured in an Uber/Lyft-related accident, you should first attend to your injuries immediately by seeking medical care.

It is also important to seek guidance from our experienced New Jersey Personal Injury Attorneys, who can answer all your questions and protect your rights soon after the accident. At the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm, our New Jersey Car Accident Lawyers have extensive experience handling all types of car accident cases, including trucking accidents, livery vehicle accidents, and Uber/Lyft accidents.

The New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers at the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm have over 25 years experience successfully handling all types of serious car accidents, and have represented thousands of clients throughout New Jersey.

We will thoroughly investigate your accident and hold all of the parties responsible, including any ride-sharing companies, such as Uber/Lyft. New Jersey has a two-year statute of limitations time limit, whereby a person can bring an injury lawsuit, so it is important to contact us now.

We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. Please give us a call today at (973) 920-7900 to request a Free Confidential Consultation. There is never a fee unless we obtain a recovery. We have offices conveniently located in Denville, Morristown, Woodbridge, and Newark.


Winter Driving Tips in New Jersey

Posted on Friday, January 27th, 2017    

The cold winter months are often accompanied by dangerous and slippery conditions on our New Jersey highways and roadways, bringing increased risk to drivers. Before getting behind the wheel, it is very important your vehicle is properly maintained, especially in the wintertime. This includes making sure your tires have enough traction to grip the road, and are properly inflated. Worn tires and improper tread, especially in slick conditions, will significantly increase your chances of getting into an accident. Also, you must keep your car/truck battery properly charged, have windshield wipers in good condition and wiper fluid topped off, keep a full-tank of gas whenever possible, and keep an emergency road kit in your trunk (jumper cables, flashlight/extra batteries, flares and/or reflectors, first aid kit, blanket, shovel, bag of sand, and a toolkit). Defensive driving and staying alert are critical, as the other cars and trucks are also trying to maintain control and traction when the roads are unsafe. Unfortunately, truck accidents can have serious, devastating and lifelong consequences.

Other Winter Driving Tips to Keep You Safe Are:

  • Clear off the snow and ice before driving – it’s the law! In 2009, a law was enacted that New Jersey motorists must remove snow/ice from their vehicle’s hood, roof, trunk and windshields before driving. Failure to do so can cause accidents and serious injuries to both yourself and others should ice or snow become dislodged from your truck or car. Motorists who fail to comply face significant fines http://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/ice-and-snow.html.
  • Be extra cautious driving after a sudden drop in temperatures.
  • Bridges and overpasses freeze quicker than roadways.
  • Maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and other cars/trucks.
  • Areas of the road that appear to be wet could actually be black ice – a major cause of accidents. Sometimes, road defects can create black ice due to improper drainage.

Car accidents during wintertime can cause serious injuries or result in wrongful death. If you or a loved one have suffered an injury, it is vitally important to seek immediate medical assistance. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, you may be able to hold another party responsible for your accident.

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Our experienced New Jersey Car Accident Attorneys can offer the advice you can trust and need during this uncertain and difficult time. New Jersey has a two-year statute of limitations time limit, whereby a person can bring an injury lawsuit, and if your claim is against a governmental entity, you must place them on notice within (90) days of your intention to bring a claim, so it is important to contact us now.

Our experienced New Jersey Personal Injury Attorneys at the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm have represented thousands of clients throughout New Jersey and have over 25 years experience in handling personal injury claims.

Todd J. Leonard is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney, has a 10.0 Superb rating from Avvo, and was named by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” for Civil Litigation. We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. Please give us a call today at (973) 920-7900 to request a Free Confidential Consultation.

There is never a fee unless we obtain a recovery. We have offices conveniently located in Denville, Morristown, Woodbridge, and Newark.


Allamuchy General Store plowed by trailer truck

Posted on Monday, January 16th, 2017    

A General Store in Allamuchy, New Jersey was damaged after a trailer truck crashed into it, an article of New Jersey Herald reported on January 10.

Reports said, at around 9:30 a.m. a trailer truck traveling on Old Hackettstown Road was headed downhill when it veered onto private property. The side of Allamuchy General Store was struck after the truck barreled through several trees. Information regarding personal injuries after the accident was unavailable, though reports confirmed that the store owner did not suffer injuries. A person, who lives several meters away from the crash scene, told reports that there have been incidents in the area in the past, but none that were this big. The resident, identified as Tom Laura, stated that it has been years since residents in the area began to ask the township to improve the area by installing safety enhancements, preventing accidents from happening.

The lawyers of Todd J. Leonard Law Firm in New Jersey understand that accidents involving trailer trucks often leave many families devastated. If this happened to you, we may be able to help you file a legal claim against negligent parties and possibly get the compensation you need for recovery. Call us today at (973) 920-7900 to learn more about your options.


Slip and Fall Accidents on Snow and Ice in New Jersey

Posted on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017    

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Many people from New Jersey are injured every day in the wintertime as a result of snow and ice causing dangerous and slippery conditions. If you or a loved one are injured as a result of a slip and fall accident, such as falling on snow and ice on a sidewalk, parking lot, shopping mall, hotel, walkway, or your place of employment, one question to ask is “If preventative measures were taken by your landlord, or the owner of the property where you had your fall, would you not have fallen?” Similarly, did the property owner, landlord, or their contractors, know, or should have known, that an unsafe condition existed?

During wintry conditions, one of the most common slip and fall accidents is pedestrians falling on snow and ice that has not been cleared from sidewalks, walkways, or stairs, and/or ice melt was not appropriately applied, or that melting snow refroze. It is a landlord’s / property owner’s responsibility to take reasonable steps to ensure the premises are safe and often they hire a snow and ice contractor to maintain the property in the winter months.

If you are injured, you may be looking for guidance and someone to help. Our experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyers can offer you the advice you need and can trust during this uncertain and difficult time. New Jersey has a two-year statute of limitations, a time limit whereby a person can bring an injury lawsuit. Therefore, if you think you have a claim against your landlord, a property owner, and/or the snow removal contractor, and believe they did not maintain their premises in a safe manner, you should contact our New Jersey slip and fall accident lawyers now.

The Todd J. Leonard Law Firm has over 25 years of experience handling all types of slip and fall personal injury claims, including slip and fall accidents throughout New Jersey. Todd J. Leonard is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney. Our firm passionately represents our clients who have been injured. Our team of trial lawyers is dedicated to doing our best to help our clients, and we always stay in close communication with them.

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Our proven results are a testament to making sure our clients obtain the maximum compensation they rightfully deserve. We are committed to providing outstanding personal injury representation and will fight to obtain the best possible outcome. We take great pride in helping our clients and will be there for you through the entirety of your case. Please give us a call today at (973) 920-7900 to request a free appointment. There is never a fee if we do not obtain a recovery for you. We have offices conveniently located in Denville, Morristown, Woodbridge, and Newark.


Hundreds of scooters recalled in the US due to injury complaint

Posted on Wednesday, January 4th, 2017    

A California-based company recently issued a voluntary recall to hundreds of toy scooters after being notified of an incident that resulted in a personal injury to a child, a December 29 article of cpsc.com reported.

Reports revealed that Glopo Inc. is recalling 520 units of their “Joyrider three-wheeled scooters” due to concerns that their front wheels could fail during use. If the problem occurs, children are at high risk of sustaining fall-related injuries. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has listed the model numbers that are being recalled. The recalling company and CPSC have been notified of an incident involving one of the recalled scooters where a child sustained injuries after a wheel fell off. Glopo Inc. advised consumers to avoid using the toy and coordinate with them to get a repair kit at no cost.

Product liability lawyer Todd J. Leonard Law Firm represent New Jersey families whose children have been injured as a result of using defective toys or childcare products. Find out how we may work on your behalf today by calling (973) 920-7900.

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Being injured in an accident can have serious and lifelong consequences. The New Jersey Personal Injury lawyers of the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm can help you fight for maximum compensation for your injuries and losses from the responsible parties. Call us today at (973) 920-7900 to learn more about how our team of experienced New Jersey Accident attorneys can help you through these challenging times.