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Swimming Pool Accidents

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New Brunswick Premises Liability Lawyers: Swimming Pool Accidents

As summer approaches, it is important to be aware of the risks associated with one of the most popular summertime activities–swimming. Many people are being subjected to electrocution in swimming pools. An electric shock is defined as an injurious, but non-deadly, exposure to an electrical current. When an electric shock is powerful enough to cause fatalities, it constitutes an electrocution. Electric shock or electrocution in a pool often happens because of faulty electrical work involving wiring, grounding, and bonding.

Electrical Issues: Wiring, Grounding and Bonding

The connection of wires to the pool lights, filter pump, and control systems, amongst other electrical equipment is referred to wiring. Bonding is the permanent joining of metallic parts to form an electrically conductive path. Grounding is essentially a safeguard to protect people against potentially dangerous voltage as it establishes a path for conducting electrical energy, so that in the event of a malfunction, the ground or a proxy conducting body may absorb some of the dangerous current.

Wiring, bonding and grounding are all governed by standards set forth by the National Electrical Code whom dictates…

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New Brunswick Slip and Fall Lawyers: Grounds for a Personal Injury Case

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New Brunswick Slip and Fall Lawyers: Grounds for a Personal Injury CaseSlip and fall accidents are not uncommon. Most of the time, these types of accidents are minor and cause nothing more than a bruised ego. However, some slip and fall accidents result in serious injuries, leaving the victim with lasting physical effects and substantial medical expenses. When should a victim take legal action against a property owner or occupier after a slip and fall accident? The answer is not always easy.

Visitors to a person’s home, or to a restaurant, theater, or other public space are expected to use common sense when navigating their way. If a person is texting on their phone while walking through a crowded store, he or she is likely to trip over an object on the floor or at least bump into another person. If the person who was not watching where he or she was going gets hurt, it may be difficult or impossible to hold the store owner responsible. Because slips, trips, and falls are an inevitable part of…

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New Brunswick Car Accident Lawyers: U.S. Road Fatalities Highest Since 2007

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New Brunswick Car Accident Lawyers: U.S. Road Fatalities Highest Since 2007The National Safety Council (NSC) has called for stricter driving rules regarding texting while driving and has additional suggestions to make roads safer. This follows the non-profit advocacy group’s latest report on 2016 fatalities on U.S. roads. Compared to the previous year, roadside deaths were up by six percent, an increase more than double that of 2014. In the first nine months of 2016, fatal car accidents were already eight percent higher than the same period the year before, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Vehicle miles traveled increased by three percent as more motorists took advantage of lower gas prices to hit the road. However, the NSC indicates that this does not fully account for the six percent rise in deaths. The group released the results of driver surveys where motorists were asked about their driving habits involving everything from safety habits to distracted driving. A full 47 percent of the drivers surveyed admitted they were comfortable driving and texting. Some 16 percent did not always use a seatbelt when they drive,…

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New Brunswick Car Accident Lawyers Discuss Memorial Day Travel Safety

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New Brunswick Car Accident Lawyers Discuss Memorial Day Travel Safety

According to a recent study by the National Coalition for Safer Roads, Memorial Day weekend is one of the most dangerous times to be on the roads. There are more drivers on the road, which correlates with an increase in motor vehicle accidents. Making matters worse, drivers are eager to get away for the long weekend after the winter months. The combination of the increase in traffic volume coupled with the potential for aggressive driving can be deadly.

The study conducted by the National Coalition for Safer Roads also found that there is a particularly high number of drivers running red-lights over the holiday weekend. During recent prior Memorial Day weekends, over 2.3 million drivers in nearly half of the 50 states ran red-lights. These statistics correlate to 1.2 red-light violations every second during the Memorial Day weekend. These figures are nearly 27 percent higher than during not only an average weekend, but an average holiday weekend. The Friday that kicks off Memorial Day weekend is statistically the worst day for red-light offenses.

Although accidents can happen…

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Always Working for Our Clients’ Success!

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New Brunswick Car Accident Lawyers: Always Working for Our Clients’ Success!At the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr, we take great pride in being champions for our clients. We believe it is our obligation to always offer our absolute best for the benefit of the people who place their trust in us so that we can achieve the most optimal outcome for their cases. The following settlements are a small sampling of our clients’ recent victories:

Truck Accident: $72,500 Settlement

The case: Our client, a 50-year-old woman was a passenger in a car when a large truck turned left out of a gas station, hitting the car she was travelling in.

The challenge: The truck driver said that the driver of the car should have been able to avoid the accident. We were able to get photos taken by the State Police, which were not ordinarily available.

The solution: Our investigator – a former police officer in that area – used extra effort to get us photos showing that the truck driver only got halfway across, and the truck turned right in front of the car.

Truck accidents are different…

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New Brunswick Slip and Fall Lawyers: What to Do After a Slip and Fall

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New Brunswick Slip and Fall Lawyers: What to Do After a Slip and FallSlip and fall accidents can happen anytime to anyone. You do not have to be elderly and frail to slip and fall. Moreover, these types of accidents can happen at any time of year, not just in winter under icy conditions. Premises liability law requires that property owners maintain their premises in a way that is safe and free from hazards. Parking lots, sidewalks, buildings, and personal properties must be well lit and anything that could contribute to risk of slipping or tripping should be removed. If there are known hazards on the property, the owners have an obligation to warn others of the existing danger. What seem like minor injuries from a slip and fall can turn into lasting damage with financial impact if you are unable to work. Here are some important things to remember if you are injured in a slip and fall accident.

Report Your Slip and Fall

If you slip and fall on someone else’s property, report the incident to the responsible party – owner, landlord or…

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New Brunswick Slip and Fall Lawyers: Coefficient of Friction

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New Brunswick Slip and Fall Lawyers: Coefficient of Friction

Coefficient of friction (COF) is a scientific numerical value used to measure the slipperiness of a surface. It is determined by taking the surface force generated by a pedestrian, divided by the weight of a pedestrian. Therefore the COF will be 0.50 for a 200 lb. pedestrian who generates 100 lbs. of surface force. COF becomes important in slip and fall cases wherein premises liability laws come into play. A wet surface is more slippery than a dry one and will have a lower value COF. If the COF is too low, there is not enough resistance to counteract the forward force at the point of contact – where the shoe hits the ground. The result is a slip and fall accident. A surface contaminated with water is more slippery because water does not compress down and essentially the shoe is hydroplaning over a layer of water.

Static Coefficient of Friction (SCOF) vs. Dynamic Coefficient of Friction (DCOF)

SCOF is the ratio of how much horizontal force is needed to move an object to the vertical force pressing…

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New Brunswick Car Accident Lawyers: Communication Apps and Crashes

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New Brunswick Car Accident Lawyers discuss communication Apps and CrashesIs the rise in fatal car accidents associated with the availability of new technology like communication apps in our cars? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has just released troubling new statistics that may shed some light on the issue. For the past 10 years, the number of car accidents had been on a downward trend. Things like auto safety campaigns and the new technology of electronic stability control for SUVs helped to bring the numbers down. However, NHTSA figures for 2015 show that 35,092 people lost their lives in car accidents that year, an increase of 7.2 percent from the previous year. The increase was the largest in the last 50 years. Perhaps most troubling is that every category of motor vehicle accident saw an increase including SUVs, vans, motorcycles, passengers in cars, and pedestrians hit by cars. The data from the first half of 2016 shows the upward trend continuing with a 10.4 percent increase over the same six months in 2015.

Typical Factors in Distracted Driving Car Accidents…

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New Brunswick Product Liability Lawyers Examine the Recent Ford Recalls

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New Brunswick Product Liability Lawyers Examine Recent Ford RecallsWhen a specific part on a vehicle or another consumer product is determined to pose a risk to consumers, either because it was poorly designed or not manufactured according to its design specifications, the manufacturer must issue a recall for that part. When a product is recalled, owners of that product may have it repaired or replaced at no charge. If a manufacturer does not voluntarily issue a recall for a safety issue, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) may require it to issue one.

In March 2017, Ford Motors issued two separate recalls for vehicles in its line. Some 230,000 vehicles were recalled because of poor coolant circulation in the 1.6 liter GTDI engines that could lead to overheating and fires. To date, at least 29 vehicles have experienced fires as a result of the defect. Ford also expanded an earlier recall was for a faulty door latch mechanism that impacted vehicle doors’ ability to close securely, putting drivers at risk of their doors opening while driving. The expanded safety recall includes an additional 211,000 vehicles. Vehicle owners…

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New Brunswick Truck Accident Lawyers: Mounted Cameras

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New Brunswick Truck Accident Lawyers discuss Mounted CamerasA nationwide move to have police officers use body cameras is resulting in a movement by the trucking industry to add mounted cameras to semi-trucks. Just as police become more accountable for conduct, mounted cameras may be able to reduce truck accidents by making truck drivers more accountable.

The Effectiveness of Mounted Cameras

Some believe that existing Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations governing the trucking industry are enough. Already in place are strict hours-of-service rules, electronic logbooks for monitoring compliance, and daily maintenance inspections. To the opponents of mounted cameras, adding another layer of restrictions seems excessive.

However, many trucking companies have voluntarily moved forward with cameras in and on trucks. Starting in 2015, some of the larger commercial trucking outfits have added dual-lens cameras to nearly 400,000 semi-trucks in the nation. This has brought startling results. One trucking company headquartered in New Jersey claims to have seen a 50 percent reduction in commercial truck accidents. In addition, the carrier’s insurance rates have been reduced by 30 percent.

To date, the evidence seems to support the claim that truck accidents…

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