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Winter driving tips to avoid car accidents

Winter can be beautiful in the state of New Jersey. Snowfall is quite common here, often making for a wonderland of beautiful white landscapes and stunning scenery. However, winter can also be a very treacherous time for travelers and commuters. Snow and ice covered roadways are a recipe for car accidents. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when driving in wintry conditions.

Before getting on the road, it is very important to clear snow and ice off of one's vehicle -- not only the windshield and windows, but also the hood, truck, roof, lights and mirrors. This is required by law in the state of New Jersey, and drivers who fail to abide can be fined up to $75 for each offense. Even worse, if flying snow or ice causes a crash, drivers could face fines ranging from $200 to $1,000 for each offense.

Despite downward trend, there are still many fatal N.J. crashes

Statistics can help people understand the world around them and make it easier for people to make informed decisions. However, statistics can also mislead people into a false sense of security and can take serious issues out of their human context.

For example, if someone were to tell you that the number of fatal crashes in New Jersey has trended downward since the beginning of the new millennium, that might make you feel like you don't have to worry as much about your safety on the road. However, dozens of people still die in crashes around the state every month, and thousands more wind up hurt.

Thousands are injured in slip-and-fall accidents every year

Public establishments in New Jersey are required to be safe for all those who lawfully visit. For property and business owners, this means fixing property that has fallen under disrepair, cleaning walkways and promptly removing foreign objects from floors. Unfortunately, cleaning or routine maintenance is sometimes neglected, resulting in hazardous conditions capable of injuring visitors and customers. Thousands of people are injured in slip-and-fall accidents every year across the country.

A lawsuit was recently filed in another state after a woman apparently fell in a convenience store and suffered injuries. According to the lawsuit, the woman was shopping in the store and was near an area where customers could get heated cheese dip. Allegedly, the woman stepped in melted cheese that had spilled on floor and this caused her to slip and fall.

Car accidents: 2 drivers seriously injured in crash

Navigating crowded roadways across the state of New Jersey can be a risky and dangerous endeavour. No one wants to be involved in a crash. However, statistics say that the majority of drivers will be involved in a traffic accident at some point in their driving career. Fortunately, most car accidents are minor and nothing more than inconveniences. However, it seems a higher percentage of crashes these days are very serious or fatal.

A recent accident in Sussex County resulted in serious injuries to two drivers. The crash happened on Route 206 during the morning commute. According to reports, the driver of a northbound car allegedly crossed the center lane of the roadway and drove into oncoming traffic.

Medical malpractice: A misdiagnosis can lead to injuries or death

New Jersey residents are privileged to have access to some of the most advanced health care technology in the world. However, technology can be rendered useless if a patient is not properly diagnosed. A correct and timely diagnosis is possibly the most important step in successful medical treatment. The wrong diagnosis can have disastrous and permanent effects for patients and families. A medical malpractice claim filed in another state alleged that a misdiagnosis led to a young man suffering permanent injuries.

According to the lawsuit, the man visited the emergency room with complaints of numbness in his feet, chest pain and overall weakness. The lawsuit said his doctor ordered an MRI scan for the plaintiff, who was 18 years old at the time. An MRI contrast scan uses dye to make the images clearer, but the doctor allegedly ordered the man undergo an MRI without contrast.

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 Workcare.com, 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.

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