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“Sami’s Law” to Provide Increased Protection Uber/Lyft Passengers

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation requiring ride-sharing services to show additional identification after the March 2019 brutal murder of a University of South Carolina student police say got into the car of an Uber impersonator.

“Sami’s Law,” which will take effect in March 2020, will mandate that rideshare drivers to comply with the following regulations:

  1. Display two identifying marks on the front windshield and the rear window of their vehicles;
  2. Rideshare companies will be required to create two copies of a unique barcode passengers can scan with their smart phones to confirm their driver’s identity;
  3. Rideshare companies must issue two credential placards for drivers to place on the passenger and driver side rear windows. The placards will contain a driver’s name, photo, and their license plate number.

Per New Jersey’s version of the law, rideshare drivers who fail to comply with requirements will be subject to a $250 fine. Any rideshare company that does not implement mandatory measures may also have their operating permits suspended or revoked.

If you have any question regarding your rights as a passenger in a ride sharing car service, it is best to contact our personal injury lawyers today!

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$350,000 Settlement For Client Injured In An Accident With A Tractor Trailer

Gregg Williams recently obtained a settlement at mediation for a client who was injured on his way to work when his vehicle was struck by a tractor trailer. Our client had severe preexisting degeneration in both his neck and back before the accident. The accident aggravated our clients degenerative arthritis causing increased neck and back pain and requiring him to undergo laser spine surgery. The truck’s insurance company alleged that our client would have received the surgery regardless of the accident.

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Umbrella Injuries on Labor Day Weekend

With Labor Day Weekend fast approaching everyone is excited about end of summer barbeques, picnics, and spending the long holiday weekend down the shore. Whether on the beach, or having lunch at your favorite outdoor restaurant, umbrellas are everywhere you look. While seemingly harmless, umbrellas are often left unsecured, unlocked, or otherwise erected in an unsafe manner. When this occurs the umbrella is susceptible to becoming airborne when hit with a gust of wind. Data from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) indicates that more than 31,000 people were treated in hospitals for umbrella injuries between 2008-2018. US Senator Robert Mendez from New Jersey has asked for regulations to make umbrellas safer such as requiring them to have printed warning labels. Our firm has handled numerous cases where a victim was struck by an unsecured umbrella. If this happens to you call our Attorneys at 732-514-6635.