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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. 

The dangers of eating and drinking while driving

Awareness of the dangers of both drunk driving and cell phone use while driving has increased greatly in recent years, so much so that many in Clinton may be more cognizant of avoiding such practices. Yet there exists another form of dangerous driving behavior that does not get nearly as much exposure: eating and drinking while driving. Indeed, information shared by Exxon Mobil shows that as many as 70 percent of drivers admit to eating while behind the wheel, while 83 percent say that have consumed beverages while driving.

Eating and drinking seem to many to be such natural actions that most might not even view them as being distracting. This is no doubt the reason why so many do it while driving (one might even that automakers encourage it by incorporating cup holders in vehicle designs). Yet both actions require that drivers take their eyes and attention off the road, and at least one of their hands off the steering wheel. Some might argue that even if eating and drinking are distracting, they only require a moment or two of one’s attention. When one is traveling down the road in a vehicle at high speeds, a moment of distraction can easily put one in a dangerous position that can lead to a car accident.

How your employer can reduce the risk of falls at the job site

Construction is an innately difficult and dangerous career to pursue, which is one reason why it pays so well compared to other jobs. You will have to either use your physical strength or dangerous tools to help build or repair structures, some of which may be many stories tall. Even the contractors working on residential properties can find themselves in danger of falling while on the job.

In fact, falls account for roughly 40% of construction accidents, based on an analysis by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of 2017 construction fatalities.

How can heuristics lead to diagnostic errors?

Like many in Clinton, you may wonder how it is that your doctor is able to come up with a definitive diagnosis based off what may seem (to you) to be relatively little information. The answer may both surprise and alarm you. While the unique education and experience that each physician acquires during the course of their career no doubt influences their practice, a good portion of their decision making is driven by heuristics. 

What are heuristics? They are the standard practices of a profession (think of them as "rules of thumb'). Typically, heuristics are developed through practice and by the technology available to practitioners. They become the baselines on which treatment plans are built, as clinicians compare clinical indicators to what the accepted practices are for providing care. In healthcare, you may often hear heuristics referred to as "the standard of care." 

What duty of care do you owe to visitors?

As a homeowner in Clinton, you invite people onto your property all the time. You might also own other private or commercial property on to which people may venture. It is assumed that you have a responsibility to take of those that come on to your property, yet what exactly are those responsibilities, and to whom do you actually owe them? 

The website for The New Jersey Courts shows that the state recognizes three distinct classes of visitors to your property: invitees, licensees and trespassers. Invitees are those that you invite on to your property (e.g. guests in your home, customers or clients in your place of business). Licensees are people whose work may require entrance on to your property (e.g. mail carriers, utility workers). In the case of both invitees and licensees, you must either correct any hazards on your property that could cause them harm, or at least warn them of their presence. This includes hazards that you know about or you should reasonably know about. For example, you may not know that your front steps have iced over, yet if it has been snowing recently, then is expected that you would have checked to see if they had. 

Respondeat superior in truck accident cases

The large semi-trucks and tractor-trailers one sees driving in and around Clinton often cast a menacing shadow, as their potential for causing devastation in a collision with another vehicle can plainly be seen. The expenses that can arise from a truck accident can be enormous; sadly, according to information shared by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 116,000 accident victims in 2017 had to learn this the hard way. When assigning liability for a truck accident, many often wonder if liability lies only with the truck driver who caused the accident, or if it can also be extended to the truck company that employs them. 

Per the Cornell Law School, the legal principle of "respondeat superior" (Latin for "let the master answer") allows people to hold employers responsible for the actions of their employees. Given that insurance may not cover the entirety of a truck accident's expenses, victims should know in what cases liability can be shared between driver and employer. One might assume that as long as a driver is behind the wheel of vehicle used for commercial purposes (and is not an independent contractor, but rather an actual employee), then their employer would also be liable. Yet that is not always the case. 

Technology errors in health care

If you are like a lot of people in New Jersey, you are concerned about the quality of the care you receive from a doctor or other health care professional. You deserve to feel that you can trust what you are told by medical professionals, especially when it pertains to a potentially serious condition or treatment. More and more, technology is being used in the diagnosis and treatment of many conditions. Unfortunately, that technology cannot be counted on to always be error-free.

As explained by Forbes, artificial intelligence and machine learning is being built into many medical devices or programs. Some of these may be used as diagnostic tools and the outcomes of these may influence treatment recommendations. Last year, a leak of one company's internal documents identified algorithmic errors in a program. These errors were connected to inappropriate and even unsafe treatment recommendations being made for cancer patients.

Mobile phones are a distraction to bored commercial drivers

If you are like many Americans, you probably struggle to ignore your cellphone for the 30 minutes it takes to commute to work. Can you imagine not being able to respond to text messages or emails for an entire 8-hour shift? What if your shift could last as long as 13 hours?

That is the reality for commercial drivers in the United States. Truckers often work very long hours. While they are on the road, they have an obligation to follow certain rules. Among those rules is a total prohibition on the manual use of mobile phones.

Drunk driver kills one, injures another

People in New Jersey often eagerly await the long Memorial Day weekend as it ushers in the unofficial start to the summer season. The holiday commonly sees people getting together to remember those who have served the nation and enjoy time with friends and family. Unfortunately, a holiday weekend can also see drunk drivers taking to the road without regard for the safety or lives of others.

The friends and family members of a young woman just finishing her first year at Massachusetts Institute of Technology are today left with nothing more than her memory due to the reckless and selfish choices made by an intoxicated driver. As reported by NJ1015.com, the man drove his sedan into the oncoming lane of traffic along a stretch of Route 9 just before midnight, hitting another sedan in the process.

Is texting while driving still a problem?

New Jersey residents have likely heard about the many campaigns designed to end texting while driving. However, what is the actual impact these campaigns have made on the safety of the roads? Have they really brought down the level of threat that texting while driving poses?

While these campaigns have certainly brought more attention to the issue of texting while driving, certain sources like CBS News actually say that drivers continue to text while driving in spite of being aware of the dangers. A new survey has recently revealed that of the 98 percent of drivers who text regularly, 75 percent have admitted to texting while driving in spite of understanding the risks and knowing about the laws.

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