Snow, ice and freezing rain are pretty much a given in New Jersey. Now that temperatures are dropping, darkness falls earlier and precipitation is always a concern, which is why the construction workers of New Jersey need to be aware of the injury risks they face when on a work site. Being forced to work during inclement weather can lead to falls, which is one of the industry’s biggest hazards. [Read more…]
The holidays are generally a fun time for employees in workplaces across New Jersey. As previously discussed, there are several risks that employers and employees should know when preparing and throwing holiday parties.
Drivers and pedestrians on the road will need to be on high alert this holiday season because statistics demonstrate that Autumn – particularly in the afternoon and evening – is a high-risk time to be on the road. According to the Insurance Insitute for Highway Safety, one-third of all crash deaths in the U.S. occurred between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. in 2016. In the same year, 9,843 motor vehicle deaths involved a drunk driver between October and December – that’s 27% of the whole year, and New Jersey’s statistics are in line with the national averages. In fact, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) ranked New Jersey eighth-highest in DWI casualty rates in the U.S. with 137 in 2016. [Read more…]
Safety should always be your number one priority while at work. The Fall and pre-holiday season is particularly dangerous. This is the time of year when companies, schools, and government offices are preparing for holiday parties. Employees like you may be asked to pitch in and help decorate and coordinate in some way. This might include:
- Hanging banners and streamers.
- Preparing and serving food.
- Supplying games, entertainment, and music.
- Shopping for the company or attending events.
We’ve discussed the dangers of distracted driving in New Jersey. And to compound that risk is the newly released information that collisions with deer and other wildlife (like elk, moose or caribou) continue to be high on a national level. The Fall, especially October through December, is a high-risk time for collisions due to deer mating season.
Two major insurance companies recently released noteworthy data about collisions with wildlife.
How many times have you seen a car zip by you while the driver is clearly looking down at a mobile device instead of the road? Or a driver who runs a red light while taking a big gulp of a coffee? Or a car packed with people blasting music and unable to hear emergency sirens?
New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the country, and distracted driving is rightfully on everyone’s minds. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines distracted driving as:
“…any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.”
School is in session across the country. That means more drivers and pedestrians of all ages are on the road and on the sidewalks. With more students, parents and commuters out and about, there can be an increase of fatal pedestrian accidents in New Jersey.
Pedestrian injuries can be extremely severe. Whether you are strolling near your home, crossing a major roadway or in a busy parking lot, dangerous and distracted drivers are probably on the road. Additionally, the roads themselves may be unsafe – potholes and hazardous street conditions can also cause harm to pedestrians. There is also the chance that drivers will not see you while you are exercising—walking, running or bicycling.
Safety Officials Point to Distractions as Major Cause of Motor Vehicle Accidents
It’s all just part and parcel to our ever-increasingly busy lives. We try to cram as much as we can into every minute. We’ve sold ourselves on the idea that we can effectively multi-task—we listen to books on tape while we exercise, we watch the evening news while making dinner, and we engage in a whole host of activities while we’re driving, including texting, phoning, surfing, eating, drinking and even applying makeup. But here’s what science is increasingly demonstrating—our brains are not designed to multitask. According to most studies, about 2% of people actually have the ability to effectively pay attention to more than one task at a time. In fact, some studies even suggest that multitasking can lead to brain damage.
When you’ve been injured because of someone else’s carelessness, it can affect every area of your life, and have financial consequences every time you turn around. You may be unable to work and earn any wages. You may have medical bills that aren’t being covered or reimbursed. You may need to retrofit your home or vehicle to accommodate your injuries. As a consequence, it’s important to understand the different types of damages available in a personal injury lawsuit.
The Different Types of Damages in a Personal Injury Claim
As a general rule, the compensation to which you’ll be entitled in the aftermath of a personal injury can be divided into two distinct types—compensatory damages and punitive damages. Punitive damages—designed as a penalty based on the defendant’s actions—are extremely difficult to obtain, typically awarded only if you can show a reckless disregard for the safety of others. Compensatory damages, on the other hand, are fairly common, intended to compensate you for actual losses.
Compensatory damages are categorized as economic or non-economic losses. Economic losses are those which are tangible, which represent either expense incurred as a result of the accident or revenues lost. They are typically relatively easy to calculate and include lost wages and income, medical bills, property damage, the costs of rehabilitation or physical therapy, and any expenses necessary to accommodate your injury or disability. Non-economic damages, on the other hand, are a bit more speculative and include the monetary value of the loss of consortium or companionship, the loss of enjoyment of life (the ability to engage in activities that you like) and the monetary value of any pain and suffering you experience.
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