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Numerous reasons for automobile accidents

It is not uncommon for New Jersey residents to see automobile accidents while driving down the freeway or through city streets. There are a number of reasons why car accidents happen; many factors come into play that law enforcement, insurance agents and other entities involved in investigating accidents need to balance when determining why an accident took place and who is responsible for it.

Law enforcement is interested in determining who was responsible for the accident because they are the ones who need to determine legal liability and issue a ticket. Insurance agents are interested in identifying the responsible party because they will use that information in determining who, if anyone, should receive payment if a claim is made after the accident. They will also use this information when trying to decide how much to pay out after an accident.

GHSA reports on lack of progress in speeding reduction

Speeding continues to be a widespread issue in New Jersey and across America. What's even worse is that it's considered culturally acceptable among many drivers. The reality, however, is that speeding is involved in nearly a third of all auto-related deaths in the country. This is according to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association entitled, "Speeding Away from Zero: Rethinking a Forgotten Traffic Safety Challenge."

The report calls for a deeper and more comprehensive engagement with the problem of speeding, especially in rural areas. More fatal car crashes arise in rural regions; in 2016 alone, there were more than 5,000 fatal car crash victims in such areas. Still, it is important for urban areas to try to reduce vehicle speeds by altering speed limits.

Traumatic brain injuries impact the entire family of the victim

Most physical injuries primarily only affect the person who suffers them. For example, when someone breaks an arm, most of their daily life will remain the same. The people around them likely won't experience many, if any, consequences related to that injury. Even though recovery will take some time, the person with the injury can continue to live the same life, for the most part.

The same is not true of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). When a person injures their brain, whether due to a car accident or a workplace injury, the consequences can be drastic not only for them but for every person that they interact with regularly.

How truck drivers may prevent shoulder injuries

More than 70,000 workers each year suffer a shoulder injury, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many of those victims may be hardworking New Jersey truck drivers. Landing gear cranking, a common task for truckers, can lead to shoulder ailments. However, research published Oct. 3 in the journal Applied Ergonomics offers cranking techniques that could help truckers stay injury-free while lifting and lowering trailers.

In the study, researchers from Washington State Department of Labor & Industries and North Carolina State University observed the techniques of 12 male truckers while raising and lowering trailers. Researchers measured activity in 16 muscles involved in shoulder movement. They also checked the scapular range of motion for the drivers.

Family of drunk driving victim sues bar that served driver

The death of a 20-year-old man who attended The College of New Jersey has prompted his family to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the Landmark Americana Tap & Grill. The campus sports bar allegedly served a drunk driver shortly before he caused a deadly crash on Route 31.

Court filings for the family claim that the 22-year-old man who drove the vehicle that crossed the center lines and collided with their son's car drank large amounts of alcohol at the bar. Despite his visible intoxication, staff continued to serve him drinks until he left at about 1:30 a.m. Local authorities have stated that the driver had a blood alcohol content of .239.

Trucker may be to blame for chain-reaction crash in Florida

It can be dangerous to drive around semi-trucks in New Jersey or any other state in America. One recently tragic case in Florida illustrates this. In early January 2019, a semi-truck on I-75 near Gainesville suddenly moved left from the right lane, crashing into a 2007 Honda sedan that was in its path. Why the driver, a 59-year-old man, did this is still unknown.

The two vehicles broke through the median guardrail and onto the southbound lane. There, the truck collided with a 2006 Chevrolet passenger van, the 12 occupants of which were traveling to Disney World. The truck flipped the van over, causing an unknown number of its occupants to be ejected. Whether they were wearing seatbelts or not has not been determined.

Surgical errors increase when doctors experience stress

Stress can negatively impact how well surgeons in New Jersey perform. Even minor stressors can have a deleterious impact on surgical performance and might lead to medical mistakes. It is important for surgeons to take steps to reduce their stress and for hospitals to make changes to operating rooms so that they have fewer situations that produce it.

According to a study that was published in the journal BLS Open, momentary stress can cause the medical error rate by surgeons to go up by 66 percent. There are multiple distractions in operating rooms. Some medical equipment beeps repeatedly or has alarms that sound. Equipment might malfunction and others may walk in and out of the operating rooms or have side conversations. All of these incidents may cause momentary stress and lead to mistakes.

Injuries at work may lead to "permanent partial disability"

Workers' compensation law is incredibly complex, in no small part because similar injuries can have different consequences for different individuals. What leaves one person permanently disabled because of their profession or other factors may not prevent someone else from continuing their career. Instead of paying the same benefits regardless of the situation, New Jersey's workers' compensation program prefers to analyze each case on an individual basis.

The type of injury, its location and the way the injury impacts a worker will all factor into what benefits that worker will receive. Most people are somewhat familiar with the idea of permanent, total disability benefits. These benefits follow an injury that precludes someone from fulfilling the obligations of their job for the rest of their life.

Most common OSHA violations for printing in 2018

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration released its 2018 list of the most frequent workplace safety violations. The list, which covers the fiscal year from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, includes recorded violations from a number of different industry segments in New Jersey and across the country. In the printing industry, the most common violations were hazard communication failures, lockout/tag-out procedure failures and machine guard violations.

The OSHA Hazard Communication Standard creates requirements that workers be informed regarding hazardous chemicals they may be exposed to. Employers are also required to inform employees about protective steps to safely work with these chemicals. In the 2018 list, however, employers were most commonly cited for failure to have a written safety program, failure to properly train employees and failures with chemical labels or data sheets.

Certain categories of workers more likely to suffer fatalities

Laws creating standards for worker safety were at one time non-existent in the U.S. Beginning in the closing years of the 19th century a handful of states began establishing protections for certain workers in specific industries, and the first federal laws addressing the subject were passed in the early 20th century. But it was not until 1970 that the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act was enacted with a stated goal of improving workplace safety and health for all workers in New Jersey and across America. Despite OSHA's immersion in every sector of the workplace, some disturbing safety statistics are being reported.

An increase in the number of workplace fatalities over previous years is being seen, according to an AFL-CIO report. When the totals for those workers who die each day from a particular hazard is combined with those who die from occupational disease due to prolonged exposure to toxins, more American workers are dying each day. While it has long been true that certain types of jobs pose greater risks to workers, recent statistics indicate certain categories of workers are at greater risk of fatality.

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