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Curbing Pedestrian Accidents in New Jersey

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New Jersey pedestrian accident lawyers report that the Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon has proven effective in reducing the number of pedestrian fatalities.In 2017, 187 pedestrians were fatally injured in the state of New Jersey.  This is the highest number of fatal pedestrian accidents since 1993, nearly 25 years ago. A new technology, the Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon, has been introduced at a fatal crash site on River Road in Teaneck, New Jersey. The Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon has proven effective in reducing the number of pedestrian fatalities nationwide. Now, many have high hopes that it can save lives in New Jersey.

According to studies conducted by the United States Department of Transportation, Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons (PHB), also known as HAWKs, reduce fatalities. These studies have shown that their presence in Arizona and Florida have reduced accidents by nearly 70 percent.

How Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons Work

PHBs have push buttons that instantly activate flashing lights so that motorists can see them. Overhead beacons have lost their effectiveness because motorists have become too accustomed to them. Because these push-button lights flash as soon as the pedestrian pushes the button, they are considered one…

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Categories: Auto Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, Personal Injury

Negligent Security in Parking Lots

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New Brunswick negligent security lawyers represent those injured due to negligent security in parking lots.According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), more than one out of 10 property crimes occur in parking lots and garages. Strip malls, apartment complexes, shopping malls, hotels, stores, and office buildings often do not maintain adequate security for their parking lots, leaving patrons vulnerable to violent attacks and kidnappings. These instances often lead to negligent security cases if property owners fail to uphold their duties under premises liability law.

Premises Liability

Premises liability is the underlying legal theory for negligent security cases. It holds that property owners have a duty to ensure the safety of invitees and licensees. Invitees are those who are on the property for business purposes and licensees are those who are on the property with permission from the owner. Property owners are not liable for injuries caused to trespassers; those who are on the property illegally.

To succeed in a negligent security suit, a plaintiff must prove that they were on the property legally, that the property owner failed to offer reasonable security, and that…

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Categories: Inadequate Security, Premises Liability

Highway Reconstruction Causes Confusion

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New Brunswick car accident lawyers assist those injured in car accidents resulting from highway reconstruction confusion.New Jersey drivers using I-95 and I-295 will experience some changes in the coming months as part of I-95 receives new designation. As part of a plan to connect I-95 to the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276) in Bristol, Pennsylvania, the part of I-95 that runs through Mercer County, from the Scudder Falls Bridge over the Delaware River to the Route 1 exit, will become part of I-295.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) announced that the changes will allow I-95 to connect to the New Jersey Turnpike, resulting in I-95 becoming one continuous highway from Pennsylvania to New Jersey. Currently, there is a gap on I-95 between Philadelphia and New York City. It ends in New Jersey at Route 1 in Lawrenceville and resumes at interchange 7A of the New Jersey Turnpike. Completion of the new I-95 Pennsylvania Turnpike interchange is scheduled for this summer.

Implementing Change

The re-designation of roadways will happen slowly over several months as exit numbers and highway signs are changed. The project is expected to cost about $1.2 million….

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Categories: Auto Accidents, Distracted Driving

Opioid Use Among Construction Workers

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New Brunswick construction accident lawyers fight for the rights and wellbeing of construction workers regarding opioid use.Last year in the United States, there were more than 64,000 fatal drug overdoses. That is more than double the number of overdoses from a decade ago. Experts say the increase in the prescription of highly-addictive opioid pain medications is primarily to blame for the rise in opioid abuse. The construction industry has been hit hard by the opioid crisis, which is currently second only to the restaurant industry for employee opioid use.

Construction industry news site, Construction Dive, dug deep into the current opioid epidemic among construction workers to find out why they are more impacted by opioid abuse than employees in other lines of work. They discovered interesting clues about the prevalence of opioid use among laborers.

Aging Workforce

As development slowed down in the early 2000s, more skilled laborers left the industry and few workers entered the field. This required more seasoned workers to take on physically demanding job functions usually relegated to younger workers. Older bodies are more vulnerable to pain and injury. Injured laborers who cannot afford to…

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Categories: Construction Accidents, Workplace Injuries

New Headlights Unsafe Despite Sleek Designs

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New Brunswick car accident lawyers zealously advocate for accident victims due to unsafe headlights.According to a nonprofit U.S. research group, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), although modern headlights are more ornately designed and attractive than ever before, they are functioning poorly. The IIHS has released four studies over the past few years, all concluding that many cars have poor or marginal-functioning headlights.

This industry watchdog group represents major insurance companies trying to reduce the loss incurred by vehicle damage and injuries. Their studies looked at all types of cars, trucks, and SUVs – both foreign and domestic – of various sizes and price points, and included a diverse list of automaker names and models.

Headlamps are becoming similar to works of art since the switch from the mandatory use of halogen headlights to modern LED lighting. Now, designers are free to put greater detail into their designs, incorporating outlines that bleed out into cars’ quarter panels and hood lines.

The primary problem now is that headlights, though brighter and able to shine farther, are leaving the assembly line poorly aimed. There are currently no regulations or controls to ensure…

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Millennials and Distracted Driving

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Piscataway car accident lawyers help victims of distracted driving crashes involving millennials.Every day in America, nearly 100 people lose their lives in car accidents. Starting in 2015, rates of highway fatalities began to climb after a 50-year decline. Naturally, studies are now underway to determine the exact causes of this turn, but most agree that distracted driving is a key element. One organization, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, has learned some shocking facts regarding millennial drivers and distractions.

Driving distractions have long been known to be a cause of many fatal accidents. This is because distractions reduce the time needed to react to a dangerous situation on the highway. When a driver is distracted and a situation requires quick braking or a change in course, seconds matter. At 60 mph, a car travels 88 feet in one second. That is the same distance as a nine-story building is tall. For good reason, New Jersey bans the use of cell phones while driving. Distractions and driving are a dangerous mix.

What the AAA Study Found Regarding Millennials and Distracted Driving

After conducting a survey of 2,500 participants from around…

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Pedestrian Accident Fatalities Reach High

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New Brunswick pedestrian accident lawyers represent personal injury claims incurred with pedestrian accidents.The number of annual pedestrian accident fatalities in New Jersey is at the highest level in 20 years. According to a study conducted by the New Jersey State Police, 179 pedestrians were fatally injured in accidents throughout 2017. According to the acting director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, the last time figures were that high was in 1993, when 197 people were fatally injured.

These figures represent accidents involving people on foot and automobiles, and not all had occurred at designated crosswalks. Shockingly, about one-third of all crash fatalities that occurred in 2017 involved pedestrians. About half involved victims between the ages of 50 and 79.  This could be due to several factors. Older Americans may have a harder time recovering from serious injuries than their younger counterparts or because many pedestrians are senior citizens, and have lost the ability to drive or cannot afford vehicles or public transportation costs.

Pedestrians and Motorists Have an Equal Duty

The acting director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety also stated that…

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Categories: Auto Accidents, Distracted Driving, Pedestrian Accidents

Telemedicine and Workers’ Compensation

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New Brunswick Workers’ Compensation lawyers represent employees injured at work and advocate the use of telemedicine.The rise of telemedicine has many wondering whether it can help reduce costs associated with Workers’ Compensation claims. A new survey conducted by Mitchell International, Inc. suggests that telemedicine and similar technologies may save insurance companies money by lowering costs.

What is Telemedicine?

The broader term, telehealth, refers to a broad range of technologies that promote patient care and make the administration of treatment more cost-effective via technology. Telemedicine specifically refers to remote clinical treatment. Health care providers can now evaluate patients, diagnose ailments, and treat patients remotely by viewing uploaded photos and descriptions of patients’ symptoms. Although it once seemed that the doctor-patient relationship had to be facilitated by face-to-face encounters, the American healthcare infrastructure is evolving to adapt to the use of remote technologies and electronic communication. Telemedicine is commonly used for follow-up visits, management of chronic conditions, medication management, specialist consultations, and more. Patients now have access to physicians around the world remotely via secure video and audio connections.

The Impact of Workers’ Compensation Costs

The cost of Workers’ Compensation claims is…

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Long Distance Commuting During the Winter Storm in New Jersey

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Long Distance Commuting During the Winter Storm in New JerseyMany New Jersey drivers engaging in long distance commuting to their jobs spend a lot of time on the road. When a winter storm involving snow, sleet, and ice plague the morning or evening commutes, motorists must change their driving tactics and prepare for the worst. Not every industry can offer their workers a snow day, so if travel is a must, be prepared.

Pack Supplies Drivers with long commutes should always keep supplies in their cars like blankets, gloves, hats, snacks, and bottled water. Also, keep cell phones fully charged in case a car accident occurs, and first responders must be notified.

Watch Weather While preparing to drive to or leave work during a winter storm, watch the weather. Plan a safe route to travel and avoid more isolated roads that may not have been plowed or treated with salt. If possible, delay the commute until the weather lets up.

Stay in Vehicle When Snowbound If snow becomes heavy, and driving is not an option or the car breaks down, stay in the…

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Categories: Auto Accidents, Dangerous Road Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Winter Weather Accidents

eHighway Electrified Tractor

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Piscataway truck accident lawyers help victims claim compensation for injuries incurred with a truck accident and report on new electrified tractor tech.To reduce air pollution near ports around the country, Mack Trucks has developed a tractor that runs on electricity by attaching to overhead power lines. Like a trolley system, the electric tractor would run on a catenary system that uses overhead power line electricity. The use of the catenary system offers an alternative solution to the use of diesel fuel.

eHighway Innovations

The tractor prototype was developed in conjunction with an eHighway project currently being tested near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in California. Both ports receive a large quantity of goods from the Asian market, making them two of the busiest ports in the United States. Global technology conglomerate, Siemens, has provided the infrastructure for the eHighway project. Earlier this month a demonstration of the eHighway took place in Carson, California. The one-mile demonstration took place on South Alameda Street from East Lomita Boulevard to the Dominguez Channel. The tractor’s ability to run on the eHighway demonstrated that an electrified tractor may be a feasible option…

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