Todd J. Leonard Named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in New Jersey

Posted on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017    

New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyer Todd Leonard

The Todd J. Leonard Law Firm is proud to announce that once again, Founding Partner Todd J. Leonard, has been selected as one of the National Trial Lawyers “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” in the state of New Jersey. This honor is a distinction only afforded to 100 of the top trial attorneys in the state of New Jersey. Todd has previously been bestowed this accolade in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an “invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.”

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, is a Life Member of the Multi-Million and Million Dollars Advocates Forum, and was recognized by his peers as a New Jersey Super Lawyers®, which was published on March 14, 2017. Todd was also honored to be included on the New Jersey Super Lawyers® list in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. He also proudly serves on the Board of Trustees for TANJ (Trial Attorneys of New Jersey), whose mission is to preserve the jury trial system.

Todd proudly continues the legacy of his late father, Alvin R. Leonard, a legendary New Jersey trial attorney, by providing outstanding personal injury representation. 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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Contact us today for a free, confidential consultation at (973) 920-7900. There is never a fee unless you win. The Todd J. Leonard Law Firm has four convenient locations, including in Morris County, New Jersey – Denville (our main office), and Morristown, as well as offices in Newark and Woodbridge. Put our experience and proven results to work for you now.


Back to School Safety in New Jersey

Posted on Tuesday, August 29th, 2017    

New Jersey Back to School Safety

Across New Jersey, parents and children are either enjoying the last days of summer, or already have begun their 2017-18 school year. Whenever your child begins school, it is vitally important to speak to them about school safety and being aware of their surroundings at all times if they walk or bike to and from school. While it can be an exciting time for many students, it can also be very hectic. With the new school year comes traffic congestion, with our roads filled with students walking or being driven to school, or riding school buses or their bicycles. Additionally, inexperienced teen drivers are driving themselves to school for the first time. The combination of these traffic conditions can often create dangerous situations for students walking / bicycling in crosswalks, as well as motorists who are trying to drop their kids off at school on their way to work.

According to a study by SafeKids.org, 61 children are hit by cars every day in the United States, most often during the hours before and after school, and peaking in September.

Yet another major impediment to safety is the new phenomenon called “distracted walking;” i.e., texting or talking on your cell phone while walking to/from school. The National Safety Council is focused on efforts to eliminate distracted walking. According to a study by The Nielsen Company, kids age 13 to 17 send more than 3,400 texts a month (seven messages every hour they are awake).

They recommend these year-round safety tips:

  • Never walk while texting or talking on the phone
  • If texting, move out of the way of others and stop on the sidewalk
  • Never cross the street while using an electronic device
  • Do not walk with headphones on
  • Be aware of the surroundings
  • Always walk on the sidewalk if one is available; if a child must walk on the street, he or she should face oncoming traffic
  • Look left, right, then left again before crossing the street
  • Cross only at crosswalks

Driver inattention is a serious issue too, as witnessed by New Jersey’s Distracted Driving Law – “U Drive, U Text, U Pay.” It is especially critical for motorists to pay attention in school zones, drop-off and pickup areas, and all crosswalks, to keep children safe as the school year begins.

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a New Jersey accident, or lost a loved one in a New Jersey fatal accident, and feel it is due to another’s negligence, it is critical that you retain an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney.

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The experienced New Jersey Accident Lawyers at the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm have tremendous expertise in handling all types of accident cases, including those that involve serious injuries or fatalities. Our New Jersey Personal Injury Attorneys have over 25 years of experience handling serious injury claims and wrongful death claims throughout New Jersey. 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.

Contact us today for a free, confidential consultation at (973) 920-7900. There is never a fee unless you win. The Todd J. Leonard Law Firm has four convenient locations, including in Morris County, New Jersey – Denville (our main office), and Morristown, as well as offices in Newark and Woodbridge. Put our experience and proven results to work for you now.


What to Do After an Uber Car Accident in New Jersey

Posted on Friday, August 18th, 2017    

New Jersey Uber Car Accident Lawyer

With an increasing number of passengers opting to use ridesharing platforms such as Uber to get around, it is only logical that more people will experience accidents on the road. Since ridesharing companies have different insurance policies than Taxi services, the protocol for how to respond after an accident may be unclear to many.

As a passenger in a New Jersey taxi, the company that owns and maintains the vehicle is liable for any medical expenses, injuries, or other losses caused by the accident. As a commercial driving service, the company is responsible for providing the passenger with a reasonable settlement.

If you are a passenger using Uber in New Jersey and you get into an accident, you should be covered under Uber’s insurance policy for personal injuries or death. Before stepping into an Uber car, it is important to understand the situations in which you are covered under Uber’s or your driver’s insurance policies.

What to do after an accident
When you are involved in an Uber car accident, it is important to respond as you would in any other car accident. If you need immediate medical attention, call 911 right away. Even if no one is injured, you should speak with the driver, other passengers and any witnesses to exchange insurance information. Take photographs of the accident if possible. Do not leave the scene of the accident until the police and paramedics have cleared you to leave. You should also promptly report the accident to your insurance company, as well as Uber.

Uber Liability
New Jersey has a new law that imposes standards regarding driver eligibility, background checks, and insurance coverage for ride-hailing companies, such as Uber, which mandates insurance coverage provided by both the driver and the ride-hailing company. A “limitation on lawsuit option” cannot be asserted by the ridesharing 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. Ride-hailing 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.”

Importantly, ridesharing companies are now 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).

Can You Sue Uber?
You can bring a lawsuit against Uber to obtain compensation for injuries, pain and suffering, emotional distress and past and future medical care, as long as you can prove liability and damages.

When Your Uber Driver Was Not At Fault
If you were injured as an Uber passenger in an accident caused by someone who was not your driver, you may or may not be able to collect damages from the driver at fault. Some drivers drive illegally without insurance, or their insurance policies may not cover more than $15,000 for causing injury or death. In such a situation, the injured passenger may wish to file a claim with Uber to receive a higher award.

What Damages Can I Obtain in a Lawsuit Against Uber?
If you were involved in an Uber car accident, you may be able to obtain compensation for the following:

– Past and future physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, and physical impairment
– Past and future medical, hospital, rehabilitation, disability and other health care related expenses
– Lost wages, salary or income, and property damage
– Loss of future income due to any long-term disability
– Punitive damages (for cases of extreme driver negligence)
– Wrongful death when the lawsuit is brought by the family of the loved one who died

Uber car accident cases can become complicated if both Uber and the driver’s insurance deny liability. If you have been injured in an Uber car accident, contact the New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers at the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm. They have over 25 years of experience successfully handling all types of serious car accidents, and have represented thousands of clients throughout New Jersey.


Bicycle Accidents in New Jersey

Posted on Wednesday, July 26th, 2017    

New Jersey Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Across New Jersey, people of all ages enjoy bicycle riding year round, especially in the summer months. This would include those employees who have opted to use a bicycle to commute to work instead of a motor vehicle. According to a recent study (from 1997 – 2013) by the University of California at San Francisco, bicycling has “skyrocketed in popularity.” Other than being a fun activity, the health benefits from this type of exercise are many. However, with this rise in popularity, the study also cited the increase in accidents. Many of these accidents involve street crashes between a motor vehicle and a cyclist. As one of the authors of the study noted, “These crashes, which primarily occur with motor vehicles, increase the velocity of the crash impact and, as a result, the severity of the injury.” Obviously, the bicycle rider is not entirely protected from such a collision, and therefore, the injuries can be severe. This would include traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and other serious internal injuries.

Compounding the issue of crashes between bicycles and motor vehicles, is the fact that New Jersey is the most densely populated state with some of the worst traffic congestion in the country. When you couple this factor along with the serious problem of distracted drivers, it becomes very clear that bicyclists and motorists need to be on the alert at all times. We urge all bicyclists to wear a proper, well-fitted helmet at all times, and obey the traffic laws of New Jersey.

According to the CDC, in 2015, over 1,000 bicyclists died from their accident-related injuries, and another nearly 467,000 bicycle-related injuries were documented. Children are susceptible as well, and each year, hundreds of thousands of children who are in a bicycle accident are taken to hospital emergency rooms.

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a New Jersey bicycle accident, or lost a loved one in a New Jersey fatal bicycle accident, and feel it is due to another’s negligence, it is critical that you retain an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney.

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The experienced New Jersey Accident Lawyers at the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm have vast expertise in handling bicycle accident cases, including those that involve serious injuries or fatalities. Our New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers have over 25 years of experience handling serious injury claims and wrongful death claims throughout New Jersey. 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.

Contact us today for a free, confidential consultation at (973) 920-7900. There is never a fee unless you win. The Todd J. Leonard Law Firm has four convenient locations, including in Morris County, New Jersey – Denville (our main office), and Morristown, as well as offices in Newark and Woodbridge. Put our experience and proven results to work for you now.


New Jersey Swimming Pool Safety

Posted on Monday, July 24th, 2017    

New Jersey Swimming Pool Accident Lawyer

Each summer, millions of people in New Jersey enjoy some type of water activity, often in either a private or public swimming pool, beach or lakes. Water related injuries and, sadly, drowning, can happen to anyone, even accomplished swimmers, including adults, teenagers or children. Some of the most common causes of swimming pool accidents include slippery surfaces, lack of supervision (especially young children), lack of proper barriers, intoxicated or inexperienced swimmers. Even improperly installed pool lighting can cause electrocution injuries.

Swimming Pool Safety

Whether you are using a public pool or your own private pool, it’s critical to practice safety at all times in and around swimming pools. According to the American Red Cross, “…over 200 young children drown in backyard swimming pools each year.” They suggest owners make pool safety their priority by following these guidelines:

  • Secure your pool with appropriate barriers.
  • Keep children under active supervision at all times. Designate a responsible person to watch the water when people are in the pool—never allow anyone to swim alone. Have young or inexperienced swimmers wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
  • Ensure everyone in the home knows how to swim well.
  • Keep your pool or hot tub water clean and clear.
  • Establish and enforce rules and safe behaviors.
  • Ensure everyone in the home knows how to respond to aquatic emergencies.

Pool owners, whether they are privately owned, managed by a hotel, apartment complex or condominium, who fail to take proper safety precautions expose themselves to a premises liability claim. This would include those commercial pool owners who are required to post a lifeguard, yet fail to do so, or fail to post warnings.

Many swimming pool accidents or drowning accidents could have been prevented if the proper safety measures were implemented. If you have been seriously injured in a New Jersey swimming pool accident, or lost a loved one in a New Jersey drowning accident, and feel it is due to the pool owner’s negligence, it is critical that you retain competent legal representation.

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Our experienced team of New Jersey Personal Injury Attorneys have over 25 years of experience handling serious injury claims and wrongful death claims throughout New Jersey. 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 New Jersey Accident Lawyers have years of experience handling swimming pool accidents and drowning accidents. Contact us today for a free consultation at (973) 920-7900. There is never a fee unless you win. The Todd J. Leonard Law Firm has four convenient locations, including in Morris County, New Jersey – Denville (our main office), and Morristown, as well as offices in Newark and Woodbridge. Put our experience and proven results to work for you now.


Boating and Swimming Accidents in New Jersey

Posted on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017    

New Jersey Boating Accident Lawyer

June is National Safety Month. The warm summer months mean recreational fun for all, young and old. However, it is important to remember that enjoying recreational activities comes with risk, so following the “safety first” rule is essential. Unfortunately, during the summer months, we see an increase in swimming accidents, swimming pool accidents, drowning accidents, boating accidents, ATV accidents, injuries from playing team sports, playground accidents, etc.

Boating Accident Data

Data on boating accident fatalities and serious injuries, to both operators and passengers, is alarming. The watercraft involved in these figures may include private or commercial boats, sailboats, and jet skis. According to the United States Coast Guard (USCG), in 2015, drowning was reported as the cause of death in three-fourths of all fatalities, and most of those who drowned were not wearing life-jackets. Moreover, the USCG data cited “operator inattention, operator inexperience, improper lookout, machinery failure and excessive speed as the top five (5) primary contributing factors in accidents.” Abuse of alcohol and other substances are also contributing factors in many watercraft accidents. In 2016, New Jersey had 109 boating-related accidents, with 3.3 recreational boating fatalities per 100,000 registered boats.

Swimming Accidents in New Jersey

Swimming is another recreational activity where accidents occur. In swimming pool drowning accidents involving children, the majority are young children (under 5 years old). It is critical that young children are closely supervised at all times by an adult while in the water or near the pool, and that they also learn how to swim at an early age. All young swimmers should swim with a “buddy” and with lifeguard supervision, and always wear their life vests.

According to the CDC, “The main factors that affect drowning risk are lack of swimming ability, lack of barriers to prevent unsupervised water access, lack of close supervision while swimming, location, failure to wear life jackets, alcohol use, and seizure disorders.” Should you experience a serious injury, or lose a loved one, in a swimming pool or recreational accident due to the negligence of another, it is very important that you contact an attorney to protect your rights.

Our experienced team of New Jersey Personal Injury Attorneys have over 25 years of experience handling serious injury claims and wrongful death claims throughout New Jersey. 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 and has recovered millions of dollars in compensation on their behalf. Our firm has been privileged to represent thousands of clients and will treat you like family. Our New Jersey Accident Lawyers are committed to doing their best to provide the outstanding representation you deserve.

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If you or a family member have been seriously injured, or lost a loved one, in a New Jersey boating or swimming pool accident, it is important to know your rights. Contact us today for a free consultation at (973) 920-7900. There is never a fee unless you win. The Todd J. Leonard Law Firm has four convenient locations, including in Morris County, New Jersey – Denville (our main office), and Morristown, as well as offices in Newark and Woodbridge. Put our experience and proven results to work for you now.


New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyer Hiring Guide

Posted on Thursday, June 15th, 2017    

New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyer

When you or a loved one is seriously injured in an accident, your immediate focus must be to seek medical attention and treat your injuries. Should you seek to get compensated for your injuries from the party(s) that caused your accident, and begin the search for a personal injury lawyer to ensure your rights are protected, there are many factors to consider. For many people, this will be the first time they are interacting with an attorney on any legal situation, let alone a matter that involves a serious injury or the death of a family member.

Hiring a personal injury attorney is one of the most important decisions you will make, hence, it is critical to make sure the lawyer you retain has significant experience and proven results in handling your particular type of injury case. While evaluating which law firm is best to represent your legal rights, your due diligence should include going to their website, reading their clients’ reviews, testimonials and comments, as well as the practice areas they specialize in. There are many types of personal injury cases – car accidents, slip and fall accidents, traumatic brain injuries, workers’ compensation claims, wrongful death lawsuits, etc. When you meet with your attorney, this should be one of the questions you ask – do they have significant experience with your type of serious injury case. While the majority of personal injury cases are settled out-of-court, you need to ensure that if your case does proceed to trial, your attorney has the expertise in the courtroom as well.

Qualifications & Experience: in an effort to protect consumers, in 1980, the Supreme Court of New Jersey created a program for certifying lawyers. Those attorneys who have met the qualifications are allowed to display the seal as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney – only 3% of the attorneys in New Jersey are Certified.

Your attorney should be someone who can provide you with an honest assessment of your case right at your initial meeting, in order to set proper expectations, such as the timeframe you can expect your case to take (often they will take months or even years), what information to provide the attorney so they can properly prepare your case, and making sure you keep up with your treatment and doctor appointments.

Another important factor when selecting the right attorney is making sure the attorney will have the time to handle your injury lawsuit. Remember: you are the client, and therefore, it is important that the attorney will listen to your individual concerns, be available to speak to you when necessary, and plainly communicate the legal particulars so you are comfortable with their approach. You want to make sure there are no surprises and misunderstandings as they try to resolve your case.

Our experienced New Jersey Personal Injury Attorneys have over 25 years of experience handling serious injury claims and fatal accidents throughout New Jersey. Todd J. Leonard is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney, was named one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” for Civil Litigation for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, is a Life Member of the Multi-Million and Million Dollars Advocates Forum, and was selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers® list in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. He has devoted his entire career to fighting for his clients’ rights. Our firm has been privileged to represent thousands of clients and will treat you like family. We are committed to doing our best to get you the maximum compensation you deserve.

Contact Us Now for a Free Consultation
If you or a family member have been seriously injured, or lost a loved one, in a New Jersey accident, it is important to know your rights. Contact us today for a free consultation at (973) 920-7900. There is never a fee unless you win. The Todd J. Leonard Law Firm has four convenient locations, including in Morris County, New Jersey – Denville (our main office), and Morristown, as well as offices in Newark and Woodbridge. Put our experience and proven results to work for you now.


Tips for Purchasing Car Insurance in New Jersey

Posted on Friday, June 2nd, 2017    

New Jersey Car Insurance

When drivers in New Jersey are choosing car insurance and how much liability coverage to buy, it can often be confusing on what options to select, how much to spend, and what amount of coverage is the right fit for you and your family. Many drivers are confronted with balancing their financial situation with their desire to protect themselves and their loved ones should an accident occur.

One of the most important decisions to make when purchasing automobile insurance is whether or not to select the “limitation on lawsuit” threshold option, or the “no limitation on lawsuit” threshold option.

Choosing the “limitation on lawsuit” threshold option will lower your premium, however, it will limit your rights to sue the responsible party following a motor vehicle accident in which you were injured, unless you have sustained a permanent injury based on objective evidence. Also, your selection, in certain circumstances, can also bind your family members who lived in your household, such as your spouse and children. There are some exceptions to this rule, such as when your accident involves a commercial vehicle.

We recommend that you choose the “No Limitation on Lawsuit” threshold option, since you will be able to sue for all of your injuries, including pain and suffering, without having to meet the higher legal standard.

While New Jersey law requires all drivers to maintain automobile insurance, unfortunately, many drivers choose to save money at the expense of not having adequate insurance to cover their losses if they were involved in a serious accident. This puts themselves, and others, at risk. Therefore, our firm strongly recommends that you discuss your automobile insurance needs with an experienced insurance broker or a knowledgeable attorney on this subject.

Our New Jersey Automobile Accident Injury Attorneys will be more than glad to discuss our recommendations with you and your family on the type of automobile insurance that you should have on your vehicles.

Our New Jersey Car Accident Attorneys have over 25 years of experience handling serious injury claims and fatal accidents throughout New Jersey. 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 has been privileged to represent thousands of clients and will treat you like family. We are committed to doing our best to get you the maximum compensation you deserve.

New Jersey has a two-year statute of limitations time limit, whereby a person can bring an injury lawsuit, so it is important to protect your legal rights.

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If you or a family member have been injured, or lost a loved one, in a New Jersey car accident, it is important to know your rights. Contact us today for a free consultation at (973) 920-7900. There is never a fee unless you win. The Todd J. Leonard Law Firm has four convenient locations, including in Morris County, New Jersey – Denville (our main office), and Morristown, as well as offices in Newark and Woodbridge. Put our experience and proven results to work for you now.


Truck Accidents can be Deadly in New Jersey

Posted on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017    

The statistics on large trucks (trucks that weigh more than 10,000 pounds) involved in accidents with passenger vehicles are alarming. In New Jersey and across the nation, if you or a loved one are in a passenger vehicle and have an accident with a truck (also referred to as an 18-wheeler, tractor-trailer, semi-truck, etc.), the odds are very much against the driver of the passenger vehicle. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in 2015, 3,852 people died in large truck accidents, with the trend moving higher each year since 2011.

“Ninety-seven percent of vehicle occupants killed in two-vehicle crashes involving a passenger vehicle and a large truck in 2015 were occupants of the passenger vehicles.” Indeed, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the government agency charged with regulating the trucking industry, between 2014 and 2015, there was an 8 percent rise in the number of large trucks involved in fatal accidents around the country. Contributing factors in these accidents include truckers who are fatigued, speeding, or not properly trained.

Large trucks typically weigh 20-30 times more than a passenger car or SUV (up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded), and, therefore, are difficult to control and slow down quickly. Hence, when trucks collide with much lighter passenger vehicles, they often result in horrific crashes, and can involve multiple vehicles, and even rollovers. Truck accidents can cause serious, permanent or catastrophic injuries, including:

Should you or a loved one suffer a serious injury, or fatality from a truck accident, it is important to obtain legal guidance quickly to ensure your rights are protected. Often, when you are bringing a claim against the party that caused the accident, you may not be certain who to contact, or where to turn during these difficult times. The experienced New Jersey Truck Accident Lawyers at the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm will hold the responsible parties accountable, including the trucking company, driver, and any other parties. We will conduct a complete and thorough evaluation of your accident. Our team of New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers will review the circumstances surrounding your car crash, including obtaining all police reports, photographs from the accident scene, witness statements and, if necessary, hire accident reconstruction experts to determine who was at fault.

Our New Jersey Personal Injury Attorneys have over 25 years of experience handling all types of serious injury claims, and have been privileged to represent thousands of clients throughout New Jersey. 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, or lost a loved one, and treats them like family. They will work tirelessly to get you the maximum compensation for your injuries.

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 to protect your legal rights.

Contact Us Now for a Free Consultation

If you or a family member have been injured, or lost a loved one, in a New Jersey truck accident, it is important to protect your rights. Contact us today for a free consultation at (973) 920-7900. There is never a fee unless you win. The Todd J. Leonard Law Firm has four convenient locations, including in Morris County, New Jersey – Denville (our main office), and Morristown, as well as offices in Newark and Woodbridge. Let us fight to obtain the justice you deserve!


May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in New Jersey

Posted on Monday, May 15th, 2017    

Warmer weather in New Jersey means more motorcyclists are out on the roads and highways. As May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, the National Safety Council reminds us “When spring is in the air, motorcycles are everywhere.” New Jersey is the most densely populated state, and its drivers experience some of the worst traffic congestion in the country. Given this traffic congestion and the increase in distracted driving, it is vitally important that both motorcyclists and car / truck drivers be on the alert for each other.

Unfortunately, the statistics on motorcycle accidents reveal some alarming and dangerous facts. According to the National Highway & Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are 29 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a motor vehicle crash, and 5 times more likely to be injured. Motorcycle crashes often occur in these scenarios: when the vehicle’s driver does not see the motorcyclist (e.g., the motorcycle was in the vehicle driver’s “blind spot”); when excessive speed was a factor, or when alcohol was involved. Another very dangerous practice is “lane splitting,” which refers to a motorcyclist riding between lanes of traffic, in order to pass slower-moving cars and trucks. Studies have shown that most motorcyclists have no formal training. Safety measures include wearing your helmet at all times (it’s the law!) and protective clothing, as well as taking a defensive driving course, complying with all licensing requirements, and obeying all traffic laws.

The data clearly confirms motorcycle accidents involve injuries that are more severe than when driving a car or truck, and sadly, in certain instances, result in the motorcyclist being killed. The obvious lack of protection compared to that afforded the driver of a car or truck contributes to serious injuries and fatal accidents. Additionally, the resultant medical bills can be significantly higher than other types of accident cases.

The experienced New Jersey Motorcycle Accident Lawyers at the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm will conduct a complete and thorough evaluation of the accident by obtaining all police reports, photographs from the accident scene, and hire accident reconstruction experts, if necessary, to determine who was at fault.

Our New Jersey Personal Injury Attorneys have over 25 years of experience handling serious injury claims for thousands of clients throughout New Jersey. 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 treats them like family. They will work tirelessly to get you the maximum compensation for your injuries.

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 to protect your legal rights.

Contact Us Now for a Free Consultation
If you or a family member have been injured, or lost a loved one, in a New Jersey motorcycle accident, it is important to know your rights. Contact us today for a free consultation at (973) 920-7900. There is never a fee unless you win. The Todd J. Leonard Law Firm has four convenient locations, including in Morris County, New Jersey – Denville (our main office), and Morristown, as well as offices in Newark and Woodbridge. Put our experience and proven results to work for you now.

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Denville
3010 Route 10 West
Denville, NJ 07834
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Morristown
5 Maple Ave., #2
Morristown, NJ 07960
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Newark
1 Gateway Center, #2600
Newark, NJ 07102
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81 Main St, 6th Floor, Suite #640
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
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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. Contact 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.