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Medication May Impair Driving

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Piscataway car accident lawyers advocate for victims injured by drugged drivers.Driver education training teaches soon-to-be drivers that alcohol and illegal drugs impair vision, reflexes, and decision-making. However, many popular over-the-counter and prescription medications affect driving the same way that alcohol does. In certain states, drivers impaired by legal medication can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI). Yet, according to recent research, many people taking these medications are dangerously unaware of how they can affect the way you drive.

Current Research on Medication and Driving

Researchers at West Virginia University studied data collected from more than 7,400 drivers throughout the country. Drivers answered questions about their use of medication and how over-the-counter and prescription drugs impaired their ability to drive. Many drivers were unaware that their medications posed driving risks, despite warning labels or possible cautions from their doctor or pharmacist. Twenty percent of participants said they used a prescription drug that they believed could have compromised their ability to drive safely.

Stimulants, narcotics, and antidepressants are among the most frequently prescribed medications mentioned in the study. Participants assumed sleep aids, muscle relaxants, and amphetamines were more likely to…

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Snowplow Accidents

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Passaic personal injury lawyers advocate for injured victims of winter weather-related accidents involving snowplows.When winter storms bring snow and ice, towns and municipalities send their snowplows out to clear the roads. Responsibility for keeping roadways and sidewalks clear differ by location. Pedestrians, motorists, and property owners should know their role in staying safe this winter.

Motorist Safety

When snowplows are sent out to clear the roads, they are working hard to prepare a safe passage for motorists. Drivers must give snowplow trucks a wide area to maneuver around stopped cars or other obstacles. Snowplows are out because road conditions are bad, so they will need more time to come to a stop in an emergency.

Snowplows move slowly. Sometimes it may be frustrating to drive behind one at the pace they use to clear the roads of snow and ice, but that is the safest place to be. Attempting to pass the plow means you will be accelerating to a part of the road that has not yet been cleared. Stay at least three car lengths behind the plow so that your car will not be hit by any salt the…

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Categories: Auto Accidents, Snow and Ice Slips and Falls, Winter Weather Accidents

Car Displays and Distracted Driving

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Piscataway Car Accident lawyers warn car displays contribute to distracted driving accidents.Over 3,400 people were fatally injured and 391,000 people were injured in distracted driving accidents in 2015 alone, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The NHTSA defines distracted driving as any activity that takes a driver’s attention away from driving, such as texting, eating, talking, or changing the radio station.

Types of Distractions

Texting has proven to be the most dangerous distraction, causing drivers to take their eyes off the road for approximately five seconds. A new study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reveals that hands-free, in-vehicle technologies are also extremely distracting, both visually and mentally. A spokeswoman for AAA Mid-Atlantic reports that programming a navigation system while driving proved to be the most difficult task. Study participants had their eyes off the road for nearly the entire duration of the task, which took about 40 seconds. According to the study, drivers traveling 25 miles per hour could drive the length of four football fields during that time. Voice command technology in navigation systems or texting can be complicated and can cause drivers…

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Top OSHA Safety Violations of 2017

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Piscataway Workers’ Compensation lawyers seek compensation for those injured due to OSHA safety violationsThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created by Congress in 1970 to ensure that workers have safe and healthful working conditions. To promote increased worker safety and decreased work accidents, OSHA is tasked with setting and enforcing standards as well as providing training, outreach, education, and assistance.

OSHA recently released a preliminary ranking report of the top ten safety violations for fiscal year 2017 at the National Safety Council (NSC) Congress & Expo. The top 10 violations are as follows:

  1. Fall Protection: Employers, especially those in the construction industry, are required to have fall protection to ensure that working surfaces have the requisite strength and structural integrity. This type of violation tops the list, with 6,072 violations.
  2. Hazard Communication: All chemicals produced or imported must be classified and certain information regarding classified hazards must be communicated to employers and employees. Not having the requisite hazard communication program and not having or providing access to data safety sheets comprised many of the 4,176 violations for this category.
  3. Scaffolding: Employers are required to ensure the safety…
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Slip and Fall Accidents on Snow and Ice

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Piscataway slip and fall lawyers hold negligent property owners accountable.Slip and fall accidents are more likely to happen on ice and snow-covered roads and walkways. Serious falls can be debilitating, causing broken bones, head injuries, and other physical problems. More than 800,000 people in the United States are hospitalized every year due to injuries from a slip and fall. One in every five falls result in severe physical injuries, with hip fractures and head injuries being the most common. Moreover, falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries in this country. Fixing or preventing hazardous conditions, including snow and ice, is the best way to prevent slip and fall accidents.

Snow and Ice Duty of Care

During cold weather seasons, if property owners welcome the public into their establishments, they have an obligation to sufficiently maintain their premises by removing snow and ice in and around their property. Owners have a duty of care to expect and prepare for hazardous conditions and to act accordingly. At the same time, members of the public are expected to understand the added risk of walking on ice and snow-covered…

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Categories: Personal Injury, Snow and Ice Slips and Falls

Deer Related Car Accidents

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Piscataway car accident lawyers offer tips to avoid deer related collisionsThis time of year, deer-related accidents tend to rise. This coincides with their mating season, which peaks in November and extends to late December. Deer become more active this time of year, and are more likely to dash out onto the road in front of unsuspecting drivers, causing accidents. There are approximately 1.5 million car accidents involving deer each year, resulting in an average of 150 fatalities. State Farm Insurance reports that New Jersey ranked number 34, with a one in 250 chance of a deer-related crash.

Preventing Deer-Related Accidents

Drivers should be cautious in areas where deer have been seen, especially if there are deer-crossing signs in the area. When driving during the early morning hours or at sunset, motorists should slow down and stay alert for deer that may dart out onto the road, causing drivers to veer into oncoming traffic, or suddenly brake, causing a rear-end collision. Deer tend to travel frequently during these times of day. It is helpful to use high beams while driving when dealing with limited visibility, but be sure to dim the…

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Men Stray from Workplace Safety

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Piscataway Workers’ Compensation lawyers fight on behalf of injured workers.When it comes to workplace safety, men are at greater risk than women. Research from both Canada and the United States point to the higher work-related injury and fatality rates for men. This may be partly because high-risk occupations such as mining, first responders, construction, farming, and fishing are dominated by men. However, a recent survey also found that 61 percent of men were not given the health and safety policy information from their employers, and were more likely to stray from workplace safety rules.

Since more men occupy high risk roles at work, it would stand to reason that employers would have stringent safety procedures to protect them. In fact, researchers were shocked to find out that often the most basic safety measures were lacking. If workers lack the knowledge and information they need to perform their dangerous jobs safely, then workplace accidents will happen. To be compliant with safety standards, workers need to be trained.

Masculinity and Workplace Health

Researchers also found multiple tendencies men have for ignoring safety procedures. Some high-risk occupations, like firefighting or mining, have a…

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Foot Pain Linked to Falls

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New Brunswick Slip and Fall Lawyers Discuss Foot Pain Linked to FallsA study published in the Gerontology journal found that foot pain in seniors—particularly severe foot pain—directly correlates to an increased risk for recurrent falls. Foot posture is also linked to an increase in the number of falls adults experience as they age. Falls are the leading cause of hospitalization for seniors. Knowing one of the common reasons older adults fall can help prevent some of the painful injuries and hospital visits caused by slip and fall accidents.

 Foot Pain and Falls

After studying current data on seniors, falls, and hospital visits, researchers from the Hebrew Senior Life’s Institute for Aging Research found a correlation between severe foot pain and recurrent falls. The study included more than 1,300 participants with an average age of 69. Study participants with notable foot pain were 62% more likely to experience multiples falls every year compared to participants with little or no foot pain.

Foot Posture and Falls

The study also made an unexpected connection between foot posture and recurrent falls for seniors. Older adults with planus foot posture were 78% more likely to…

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Categories: Personal Injury, Premises Liability, Slip and Fall Accidents

Skin Conditions and Workers’ Compensation

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New Brunswick Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Advocate for Workers Suffering from Work-Related Skin ConditionsOccupational skin diseases are among the most commonly reported occupational diseases. If it can be proven that a skin condition developed as a result of a person’s job, then it may be covered by Workers’ Compensation. Many skin conditions or diseases fall under the definition of an occupational illness and afflicted workers can receive benefits to aid in their recovery.

Dermatitis

Constant exposure to wet conditions or irritants can lead to contact dermatitis. Dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin that often presents as redness, irritation and sometimes blisters on the affected area. Severe dermatitis can result in swollen, broken skin that gets infected and ulcerated.

Workers at risk for developing dermatitis include hairdressers, laboratory workers, those in the food industry, health care and dental workers, cleaners, agricultural workers, and workers in the construction, motor vehicle repair, printing, and painting industries.

Dermatitis can be provoked by exposure to chemical irritants such as hair dyes, epoxy resins, and preservatives. Sometimes a worker can go many years without any reaction to a chemical, but then develop an allergy and the resulting…

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Thanksgiving Travel Safety Tips

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New Brunswick Car Accident Lawyers offer detailed safety tips for Thanksgiving travel to keep your loved ones safe. This week, families and friends will come together nationwide to join in Thanksgiving festivities. The holiday weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year with tens of millions of people driving to their destinations. If you will be on the road this year to get to a Thanksgiving celebration with friends or loved ones, keep these tips in mind to ensure you arrive safely.

Check your Vehicle

Before undertaking any kind of road trip, inspect your car thoroughly so that you do not encounter any surprises once you are underway. Use the following checklist so that you can be confident your vehicle is in good shape:

  • Windshield wipers – make sure wiper blades are intact and clearing effectively – if not, replace them. Check wiper fluid level.
  • Brakes – check for wear on brakes pads and replace if necessary. Check brake fluid level.
  • Battery – test for charge level and clean connections.
  • Tires – check treads and tire pressure and change to winter tires if you use seasonal tires.
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