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Obtaining Professional Assistance

This book outlines your rights and gives you basic information about enforcing them. In many cases, exercising your legal rights is difficult because the applicable law and court procedures are complicated. You may need a lawyer or a nonprofit counselor to help you with enforcing many of your rights. You may also need help to apply material in this book to your particular situation.

An additional factor is that state instead of federal law governs many of your rights. These laws can vary substantially from state to state. You may need to get more information of the laws applicable to your state. We have tried to point this out whenever possible.

Hiring a Florida Consumer Lawyer. It can be difficult to get legal help when you do not have much money. A good place to start is any option in your area for free legal services. In most communities (or close by if you live in a rural area), there are organizations which provide free legal help to people whose income fall below certain amounts. Although Congress has unfortunately cut back on funding for these organizations, they continue to exist and should be sought out if you need help.

These organizations vary widely on the type of cases they handle. They also have strict income limits so that they are forced to turn away many cases. However, it can’t hurt to ask. If they can’t help you, they generally will make a referral to the appropriate legal organization (often called “bar association”), sometimes for free help from a private lawyer. They also may have special pamphlets or other helpful information on your state’s laws.

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Not guilty: DNA evidence clears wrongly convicted defendants

Can you imagine serving a prison sentence for a crime you didn’t commit? Dealing with overwhelming feelings of injustice and frustration as you continue to assert your innocence even though no one will listen, not even your trust DUI lawyer? The US legal system is far from infallible. Misleading evidence, false testimony, and social prejudice can all cause innocent people to be declared guilty by a jury of their peers.

A recent article from the Washington Post describes the extreme guilt which plagues one woman every day after her testimony in court helped send an innocent man to jail for 27 years. The woman endured a horrible ordeal when she was raped after arriving at the day care center where she worked. However, after DNA evidence proved that she accused the wrong man ofassault, she realized that she was no longer the only victim in this crime.

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Car Accident Leaves Three Wisconsin Motorists Injured

truck accident involving a motorcycle over the weekend injured three Wisconsin motorists Saturday night in Sullivan, a town about 30 miles outside Milwaukee. The crash occurred around 7:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 18, about a half mile west of Highland Drive.

According to recent news reports and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the crash occurred when a 1971 Chevrolet Corvette driven by Brain Hartig, of Waukesha, traveling eastbound on US 18 attempted to pass another vehicle by entering the westbound lane. While attempting the pass, Hartig’s Corvette struck the motorcycle of Timothy Thiel, of Jefferson.

Both Thiel and his female passenger, identified as Jody Orchel, of West Allis, were taken to Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital in Milwaukee by Flight for Life, following the truck accident requiring a pittsburgh truck accident lawyer for one of the victims. According to authorities, neither Thiel nor Orchel were wearing a safety helmet while riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Their current conditions have not been released to the public at this time.

 

 

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Kinds Of Consumer Law Services Available

A CONSUMER LAWYER in Florida currently offers a wide range of consulting services:

  • Brief consulting by telephone on legal issues and case strategy;
  • Analyzing loan/lease documents or other contracts for consumer law claims;
  • Conducting legal research with citations to the most recent case law in your jurisdiction;
  • Preparing expert affidavits (including availability of A CONSUMER LAWYER staff as trial witnesses or referrals to experts in your area);
  • Drafting or reviewing of discovery and pleadings in all phases of litigation from the initial complaint to appellate briefs.

HOW TO USE A CONSUMER LAWYER SERVICES
If we can help you represent a client, please call the Center, and ask or the intake attorney. Requests may also be made by mail or fax, and you should include the transaction documents and summary of any unusual facts. We will then contact with an estimate of our fee. Our services can often be provided on an expedited basis when necessary.

As a result of certain cy pres awards and funding grants, consultation remains free to legal aid and pro bono lawyers in Massachusetts, Illinois, and California, and elsewhere in cases involving pro bono representation of elderly consumers.

DISCLAIMER
A CONSUMER LAWYER’s consulting services are available only for attorney’s representing consumer clients. We do not provide case assistance directly to non-attorney consumers. By agreeing to a consulting arrangement, A CONSUMER LAWYER is not undertaking representation of your client and is not establishing any form of attorney/client relationship. A CONSUMER LAWYER does not provide any assurances regarding case outcomes and ultimate responsibility for the case remains with you.

 

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Man From Edison, NJ Survives Brutal Crash

Authorities say that a 49-year-old man from Edison was fatally injured in a two vehicle accident early Wednesday morning in Piscataway. The motor vehicle accident occurred shortly before 7:00 a.m. at the intersection between South Washington and Centennial Avenues. Police believe a 59-year-old Dunellen man was driving a 2001 Buick on South Washington, before attempting to make a left-hand turn onto Centennial.
The accident victim was riding a Harley Davidson, which collided with the Buick. Police believe the driver of the Buick turned in front of the path of the Harley, which was travelling straight through the intersection. Authorities say that both drivers had a green light at the intersection where the fatal motorcycle accident occurred. Authorities say the motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
Police do not believe that drugs or alcohol played any role in the fatal accident. The motor vehicle wreck remains under investigation.
New Jersey State Police report that Wednesday morning’s crash was the fourth fatal accident of the year in Middlesex County. Others have been reported in Edison, Woodbridge and Perth Amboy. Motorcycle registrations are reportedly on the increase in New Jersey and federal statics show that motorcycle accident fatalities are also on the rise nationwide.
In New Jersey, the Governors Highway Safety Association notes that 59 people were killed in motorcycle accidents in each of the years 2009 and 2010, the latest data available. Typically the numbers are reflected during a nine-month time frame each year with New Jersey’s weather. During the time frame bracketed by the years 2003 and 2007, 377 people were killed in New Jersey motorcycle accidents

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Skateboard Towing Becomes a Real Problem

Oregon is one of a handful of states that have reported Beverly Hills accidents involving skateboard towing. Emergency room physicians and safety advocates around the world are noting an uptick in the number of so-called skitching accidents, and the injuries they report are serious. In addition to the expected broken bones, ERs have seen patients with spinal fractures and traumatic brain injuries — that is, if the skater has survived the accident at all.

Skateboard towing — also called skitching, longboarding and bumper surfing — is not a new practice. According to seasoned skateboard pros, skitching is a long-accepted mode of transportation in cities like Portland that are friendly to non-motorized vehicles.

Skaters around the country claim that “Back to the Future” had nothing to do with the widespread adoption of skitching. Rather, it came about when city dwellers were pushing their skateboards to work right alongside cars and trucks. The skaters were able to keep up with the commuter traffic, and they soon realized it would be just as easy to hold onto the car in front of them as it would be to push along behind it.

Pros do warn that skitching is a “don’t do this at home, kids” practice. Unskilled skaters and skaters who are just skitching for kicks — “gaming” — should keep off the roads.

Even experienced skitchers can get hurt, though. One man, described by a colleague as a ripper, fell in traffic and was run over by the car behind him. He is now in a wheelchair.

But that was an accident, says another pro. People get hurt in all sorts of activities, but it doesn’t mean the activity is inherently dangerous.

Safety experts — including a neuropsychologist — voice considerable concern about skitching, though. In a car-versus-skateboard accident, the skateboard is going to lose. And skaters tend not to wear enough or appropriate protective gear. As football players have found out, a helmet can’t protect you entirely from a brain injury.

It looks as if skitching is here to stay, especially considering the number of skaters out there who believe they skate better than they walk.

 

 

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Tolls of Accidents Continue to Rise

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Officials say that 2011 proved to be a deadly in terms of car accidents in New Jersey. The number of fatalities from motor vehicle accidents in the Garden State hit a four year high last year. In all, 594 fatal car accidents were tallied. New Jersey State Police say that 635 people were killed in those accidents on New Jerseys roads in 2011.

While drivers comprised the highest number of overall fatalities, numbering 371, pedestrians were killed at a higher rate than were passengers in motor vehicles. State police say 144 people were killed in pedestrian accidents and 103 passengers died inmotor vehicle accidents last year. Seventeen people were the victim of fatal bicycle accidents in New Jersey last year.

State Police say seat belt use has grown tremendously among drivers and front seat passengers in motor vehicles. But officials also say that seat belt use could be higher, especially for passengers in the back seat of cars on New Jersey’s roads. The state Division of Highway Traffic Safety said in a survey released last August that seat belt use among drivers and front seat passengers in New Jersey grew to 94.51 percent last year from 93.73 percent two years ago. Only 61 percent of back seat passengers used a seat belt last year, according to the survey.

Not surprisingly, state police remain concerned over the dangers presented by such issues as drunk driving and distracted driving. A spokesman for the New Jersey State Police says distracted driving caused by electronic devices continue to cause New Jersey drivers to take their eyes off the road, so now not even DUI can be the reason for accidents.

The state police say drivers who take their eyes off the road to glance at their cellphones often can be involved in car accidents. The quick glance toward the electronic device can make the split-second difference between a car accident and a close call on the road, according to the state police. The law enforcement agency spokesman says “Driving while operating a mobile device is just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.”

 

 

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Motorcycle and Car Collide

Authorities say a Subaru ran out of gas on the Garden State Parkway Monday night around 10:00 p.m. The car had stalled in the far right lane. An Egg Harbor man on a motorcycle slammed into the rear of the disabled Subaru. An off-duty police officer arrived at the scene of the initial accident and assisted the two women who were in the Subaru to safety after the motorcycle accident. Then a chain reaction multi-vehicle crash began and was likely due to DUI in Miami.

Authorities say a teenager in a Lincoln Town Car slammed into the abandoned Subaru. A Ford Explorer then came up from behind and crashed into the Lincoln. The 17-year-old driver of the Lincoln scurried out of the wreckage just before the Town Car burst into flames.

The teenager and the driver of the Ford each miraculously escaped personal injury in the multi-vehicle GSP car accident. The two women in the Subaru suffered injuries when the motorcycle crashed into the disabled car. The driver, a 56-year-old woman, and her 75-year-old female passenger were taken to Southern Ocean Medical Center after the accident. Each were treated and released from the hospital.

The motorcyclist was originally transported to Southern Ocean Medical Center after the accident. However, authorities say the 23-year-old Egg Harbor resident from the motorcycle was transferred by helicopter to Atlantic City Medical Center as a precautionary measure. The rider was reportedly ejected from the bike in the accident with the Subaru. Authorities say the motorcyclist received minor injuries. Public news reports do not indicate the biker’s medical condition.

 

 

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DUI Accident Creates Horrific Accident

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A horrific accident created some chaos Wednesday evening in Jersey City. Authorities say the driver who caused the car accident was under the influence of alcohol and will likely need a DUI lawyer. That driver walked away from the scene and was taken into custody by police at a nearby location. The car accident left two Jersey City residents dead and another person suffered personal injuries.
Law enforcement says a 34-year-old man, high on drugs, drove at high speed in the area of Grove and Grand streets in Jersey City Wednesday evening. The man GMC slammed into a taxicab and plowed that vehicle onto the sidewalk, where a 41-year-old man was making his way home from work. The cab exploded into flames with the cab driver and his fare still inside the taxi. Chefs from a nearby restaurant jumped into action.
The restaurant workers grabbed all of the establishment’s fire extinguishers and rushed to the fiery wreck. The workers frantically tried to assist the passenger, who was trapped in the back seat of the cab. The 44-year-old Jersey City resident, husband, and father, had just celebrated his birthday the day before the crash.
The restaurant employees frantically reached for the man’s arms through the flames, and spent all five of the extinguishers in a valiant effort to save the accident victim from the burning vehicle. The heat from the flames was too severe and the chefs from the nearby restaurant were not able to save the man in the back of the cab. The passenger had severe burns over his entire body and died at Jersey City Medical Center.
The 41-year-old man who was walking home was killed by the crushing blow from the pedestrian accident. He too leaves behind a family, including his wife and his 4-year-old son. The cab driver suffered personal injuries, but authorities say the driver’s injuries were not serious.
The man who police say caused the accident walked away from the crash. He began talking to an officer nearby. That officer noticed the man’s eyes appeared glassy and he was slurring his speech. Police arrested the man on Tacoma DWI charges in relation to the double-fatal car and pedestrian accident.

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Route 202 Accident Injuries Two

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Two people were injured Monday morning in a two vehicle collision, according to Mahwah police. Authorities say a 22-year-old New City man, driving a Honda, crashed into an SUV driven by a 43-year-old Oakland, New Jersey, woman. Both drivers required treatment at area hospitals, however, Mahwah police say that the male driver suffered more serious injuries in the head-on crash.

The Route 202 Pennsylvania car accident was first reported shortly after 9:00 a.m. Monday. The man from New City was pulled from the wreckage. Law enforcement says the man had no pulse. Emergency responders used a defibrillator at the scene and were able to find a pulse.

The Ramapo student was first transported in a Mahwah ambulance to Ramapo College, where he was transferred to a helicopter for transport to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center. Authorities say that the man sustained critical injuries in the wreck. The hospital did not release details of the injuries, other than to say that they are critical and medical personnel worked in efforts to stabilize the patient.

The Oakland woman was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern with neck, chest and back pain.

Police say that the two vehicles “hit almost frame to frame head-on,” in the Route 202 car accident. Both vehicles were severely damaged. The two people involved in the accident suffered serious personal injuries.

Jersey City personal injuries lawyers know that head-on crashed involve extreme forces that can cause devastating injuries.

The Monday morning Route 202 accident remains under investigation.