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What Causes Head-On Collisions?

Highland Park Car Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr Can Help You Explore Your Options After a Head-On Collision.

Many car accidents are minor and do not cause significant injuries. Head-on collisions, however, are different. These car accidents can be deadly because of the speed and direction of impact. Even in slower speed head-on collisions, drivers often face life-altering injuries.

Most car accidents often result from human error, from minor fender-benders to head-on collisions. The following are common causes of head-on collisions:

  • Distracted driving: When a driver is distracted by their phone, the radio, other passengers, or even by eating, they are not paying attention to the road. Distracted driving can have devastating consequences, including a head-on collision.
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol: Driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level above the legal limit often has catastrophic consequences. Even driving after having a couple of drinks reduces a driver’s ability to react to an emergency to avoid an accident.
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Does Sleep Deprivation Cause Work Injuries?

Piscataway Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr Help Injured Sleep Deprived Workers Understand Their Rights.

Most people occasionally experience a night or two of lost sleep. What happens when sleep deprivation becomes a constant issue, though? Does it affect your ability to safely work?

According to data from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, around 40 million people in the United States experience long-term sleep disorders. The National Safety Council reports that about four out of every 10 individuals do not get adequate sleep. This means many employees come to work fatigued, which is a risk factor for workplace accidents and injuries.

Workers who have insomnia, sleep apnea, depression, PTSD, narcolepsy, or other related conditions may find it difficult to concentrate. Focusing becomes increasingly difficult for people who have trouble falling or staying asleep. As a result, those people become much more likely to make errors at work or be unable to perform their job duties as expected.

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Is Memorial Day Weekend the Deadliest Holiday for Car Accidents?

Highland Park Car Accident Lawyers at the Law Office of Harold J. Gerr Fight for Compensation for Injured Accident Victims.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Memorial Day weekend has the highest rate of fatal car accidents compared to any other holiday weekend in the United States. Regarded as the unofficial start to summer, Memorial Day falls on the last Monday in May, though the three day weekend begins the Friday evening before Memorial Day itself. Many people take advantage of the long weekend to hop in the car to go to the beach, visit friends and family, and attend local events. Along with the Fourth of July, it is one of the most popular weekends for road trips.

Why Are There So Many Fatal Accidents Over Memorial Day Weekend?

There are many different reasons why fatal accidents spike over the Memorial Day weekend and understanding why can help you stay safe if you will be out on the roads at the end of May. The following factors contribute to the high rates of Memorial Day fatal car crashes:

  • Traffic congestion: the increase in holiday traffic results in an increase in accidents,
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