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Car accidents are becoming almost inevitable in New Jersey

New Jersey is one of the fastest growing states in the country. People from all over the world are moving here to take advantage of the plentiful economic opportunities, wonderful entertainment and pristine beaches. However, the sudden influx of traffic means roadways across the state will be more crowded and more dangerous than ever before. Car accidents have become nearly inevitable.

A recent crash in Woodbridge resulted in the death of one driver and injured another. The crash happened on the New Jersey Turnpike near mile marker 94 during the overnight hours. According to reports, the driver of an SUV was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes and collided head-on with the front-end of an oncoming sedan.

Common causes of construction worker injuries

Construction workers don't always realize it, but they put their safety at risk every day. If an accident happens, it's critical to take steps to protect both your health and legal rights.

Here are some of the most common causes of construction worker injuries:

  • Fall from height: When working at height, such as on a ladder or roof, a fall to the ground below has the potential to cause serious injury or even death. Even with safety gear in use, an accident can still occur.
  • Slip-and-fall: There are many reasons for a construction site slip-and-fall accident, such as debris and uneven ground.
  • Falling objects: Just as those working at height can fall to the ground, the same holds true of the items they're using. For example, if a co-worker drops a tool from the roof of a building, it could strike you with enough force on the ground to cause a serious injury, such as a traumatic brain injury.
  • Equipment accidents: For example, if a nail gun misfires, you're at risk of injury. The same holds true if a forklift tips over and you're working in close proximity.
  • Vehicle accidents: Maybe you're responsible for operating a vehicle, such as a forklift or dump truck, on a construction site. Or maybe you work closely to moving vehicles throughout your day. Either way, you're always at risk of an accident.
  • Crush accident: This can result from many circumstances, such as if a heavy object falls on you or you find yourself between a vehicle and a wall. These accidents almost always result in serious injuries.
  • Repetitive motion injuries: Using the same body part, day after day, can cause a repetitive motion injury. For instance, heavy lifting can cause damage to the shoulders, elbows, hands and wrists.

Slip-and-fall accidents: Man files lawsuit after falling in store

New Jersey is home to a multitude of wonderful shopping and dining opportunities. Those who visit these public establishments should not have to be concerned for their safety. Every year, thousands of people across the country are injured in slip-and-fall accidents in stores and restaurants. In the state of New Jersey, business and property owners are required by law to provide a safe, hazard-free environment for all customers. Unfortunately, maintenance or cleaning duties in businesses are sometimes neglected, resulting in dangerous conditions for customers.

Recently, a man in another state filed a lawsuit over claims that he suffered injuries from a fall in a grocery store. According to the lawsuit, the man was shopping in the store and encountered a slippery substance that had spilled on the floor. The man said he believed the substance to be liquid soap and he slipped and fell after inadvertently stepping in it.

Protecting construction workers from cold weather

There is little doubt that part of what attracts people to work in the construction industry in Clinton is the opportunity to avoid the confines of the office and work outdoors. Yet when winter arrives, that benefit can quickly become a hardship, as cold temperatures and winter weather can both delay work and put employees at risk of injuries due to exposure.

The common school of thought may be that the only injuries or illnesses that one may face from exposure to cold weather are frostbite and colds or pneumonia. Yet according to, winter weather exposure can also produce the following:

  • Hypothermia: An abnormally low body temperature
  • Trench foot: Tissue loss in the feet due to slowed circulation to the extremities
  • Chilblains: Damaged capillary beds (small blood vessels in the skin)

Negligent entrustment in New Jersey

Those who take to Clinton’s roads in their vehicles likely understand that the risk of being involved in a car accident is ever-present. Indeed, car accidents are often prevalent enough that few people escape ever being involved in one or personally knowing someone who has been. Per the New Jersey Department of Transportation, 278,413 such accidents occurred in the state in 2018 alone.

Most rely on the notion that other drivers take the same precautions they do in order to assuage any concerns they may have about driving. Yet there are plenty of irresponsible or incompetent drivers out there, and others willing to allow such drivers access to vehicles. When such drivers cause car accidents, many often wonder whether those who loaned them vehicles can also be held liable.

What is the ELD rule?

If you are like most people who live in New Jersey, you have been in a car, pickup truck or sport utility vehicle when a semi-truck or other large commercial vehicle has come up alongside the vehicle you are in. In these situations, you instantly become aware of how much smaller your vehicle is than the adjacent big rig. This can be a somewhat frightening or sobering experience because you realize the danger to people in average passenger vehicles when accidents occur that involve both large trucks and regular vehicles. 

There may be many factors that contribute to large truck accidents. One of these can be fatigue. Truckers often drive many long and lonely hours, making fatigue a very real problem that they face. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has acknowledged this risk and developed what it called the Hours of Service rule a few years ago. The HOS rule sets parameters on the number of hours a trucker can drive in a given day or work week.

Electronic log books can help you after a commercial truck crash

Certain risk factors drastically increase the likelihood of a collision. Exceeding the speed limit, paying attention to something other than the road, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and driving while exhausted are all major risk factors that can increase the potential for a crash.

If you have ever had to drive after an exceptionally long day at work or a very bad night of sleep, you probably understand how exhaustion can make driving much more difficult. It is harder to remain focused when you are tired, and your reaction time can become substantially longer when your brain needs rest. Unfortunately, not everyone can stay off the road when they're tired.

New law expands IID use

People who live in New Jersey and who are concerned about the ongoing risk they and their loved ones face due to drunk drivers will be glad to know that the state is taking action to help them. The efforts to curb drunk driving have been ongoing for many decades. While stronger laws and increased public awareness may have prevented many acts of drunk driving, there continue to be too many people who refuse to pay attention to good sense.

One of the penalties that many people convicted of driving while intoxicated offenses experience is the loss of their driving privileges. This might sound like an effective tool in keeping impaired drivers off the roads and highways, but the reality of the matter is that many of them simply choose to drive without a valid license. Now, a new law that is set to take effect on January 1, 2020 aims to head this off at the pass.

Human errors a major factor in surgical mistakes

If you have ever had or might ever need to have an operation, it is important that you feel confident in the ability of your surgeon and the other surgical staff. Many people in New Jersey and around the nation are in this situation every single day. In most cases, the confidence people put in their medical professionals may be warranted. However, there are times when that confidence is broken due to an unnecessary medical error.

Becker's Hospital Review published a summary of some research that reviewed the factors involved in a set of adverse events associated with surgical procedures. The results were recently published in JAMA Open Network. Out of more than 5,300 surgeries included in the study, adverse events resulted in 188. Of those, human mistakes were found to be factors in 106. That means that more than half of the serious complications or even patient deaths were due to errors by doctors or other members of the surgical teams.

Alcohol continues to claim lives on New Jersey roads

If you live and drive in New Jersey, you may know that a person who is convicted of a driving while intoxicated offense may end up facing some pretty serious consequences. Depending on the specific circumstances, these consequences may include high fines, the loss of driving privileges, the required use of an ignition interlock device and more. However, it seems that even with these penalties in place, there remains a high number of people who continue to drink and drive.

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, alcohol was a stated factor in 20% of the states total vehicular fatalities in 2017 alone. One out of five of the 624 people who died in automobile accidents that year did so at the hands of a drunk driver. 

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