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When roadway and vehicle defects cause a car accident

Sometimes a car accident and its related injuries are not caused by driver error, driver negligence or driver unlawfulness. Sometimes another party is to blame: a manufacturer or municipality. There are numerous vehicles and auto parts manufactured every year that have dangerous defects that can result in serious car accidents and injuries. There are also serious problems related to roadways and signs for which cities and municipalities are to blame.

Let's look at a few examples of these kinds of problems:

How do workers hurt their backs on the job?

Back injuries result in painful days spent at home in bed, lost productivity at the office and costly medical bills. In some cases, workers even become disabled as a result of a painful back injury. But how do these back injuries occur? Are there any common mistakes that workers and their employers make that lead to the prevalence of back injuries on the job?

Here are four major causes of on-the-job back injuries:

When do car accidents result in personal injury liability?

After a New Jersey driver or passenger suffers a serious injury in a car accident, the first thing on his or her mind will be: How do I get the medical care I need to best recover and heal from my injuries? The second thing on his or her mind will be: How am I going to pay for all this?

The financial consequences of a serious car accident injury extend far beyond the costs associated with medical care -- which will be unaffordable for most people as it is. These costs will include lost income from not being able to work, the costs of in-home care, household services and more. Then, we must also consider the pain and suffering damages that every car accident victim will experience.

How parents can prevent juvenile DUI

When your teen passes their long-awaited drivers' test, you likely worry about everything that can go wrong. Like many parents, you might even lose sleep over their safety. Do they know how to change a flat tire? Will someone crash into them? Once they're out on the road, you probably feel like you can't protect them anymore.

However, you can be proactive against intoxicated driving. Parents can actually play a big role in protecting their teens from DUI charges and crash injuries. Even if you know your teen is responsible behind the wheel, you can help them learn about the laws that protect them from alcohol-related crashes.

Could truck drivers lose their jobs to 'robo-trucks?'

Nobody ever said that being a long-haul truck driver was easy, but is the job too difficult for an artificially intelligent, self-driving "robo-truck" to perform? Automotive engineers and computer scientists say no. In fact, self-driven trucks are transporting product around the country right now.

Google has been getting a great deal of attention about its autonomous vehicles, and most of the press attention has been devoted to small cars that drive themselves. However, the automotive industry has been pumping out driverless trucks as well. For example, Daimler has created the Freightliner Inspiration Truck, which already has permission to drive on highways in Nevada.

How can I avoid an accident on snowy roads?

The winter season is officially upon us and this means -- much to the delight of many children -- that our neighborhoods will be filled with snow. However, even though we all love to see our neighborhoods transformed into a winter wonderland, when it comes to driving in snow, it can be very dangerous.

Here are a few tips that drivers can use to stay safe when driving in snowy conditions:

  • Change your speeds slowly. Apply your brakes carefully, and decelerate carefully. This will ensure that your tires have as much traction as possible on potentially slippery and icy streets.
  • Drive slow. When you drive slower, you can come to a stop faster and you'll have more time to react to potential accident situation.
  • Give as much space as possible. Normally, drivers should provide three to four seconds of safe distance between themselves and other drivers. In snowy conditions, this should be increased up to eight to 10 seconds.
  • Understand how your brakes work. If you have antilock brakes, then you should simply step down on your brake with steady pressure when you want to come to a stop. If you don't have antilock brakes, you may need to pulsate your brakes. Test them out in an empty parking lot by picking up speed and slamming on the brakes to make sure yours work.
  • Don't drive quickly up hills: Hills can be the slipperiest of all situations during snow. Get some inertia behind you before you start to climb, but when you start to climb the hill, don't press down too quickly on the acceleration pedal.

Tricks to prevent injuries caused by slippery ice

The wind is blowing, it's cold and it's snowing. This means that ice dangers will be present in New Jersey parking lots and sidewalks. Ice causes numerous injuries every year when New Jersey residents fall on slippery patches found throughout the state. As such, you and your family need to be careful in order to prevent a slip-and-fall injury. Here are a few tips for preventing the catastrophic injuries that can result from such accidents:

Do the penguin walk: Penguins walk the way they do for a reason. They're always on slippery ice, and they don't want to fall and get hurt. The more you look like a penguin when you walk with slow, deliberate, flat-footed and small steps, the better you will be at keeping your balance. Watch where you walk and keep your gravity forward slightly.

Can I go to jail for reckless or careless driving in New Jersey?

The state of New Jersey takes all traffic violations very seriously. As such, it is certainly possible for those convicted of reckless or careless driving to receive a jail sentence. If you are facing charges of careless or reckless driving, it is important to know the difference between the two so that you are prepared to build your defense.

While these two traffic violations are similar, one important difference separates the two. That difference is willfulness. Reckless driving occurs when a motorist willfully disregards the safety of other individuals by driving in a way that could endanger people or property.

Officials open Bayonne Bridge after worker suffers injury

A construction worker was injured on the Bayonne Bridge prompting the swift closure of the bridge operations while investigators tried to determine what happened. The incident happened on a recent Tuesday afternoon, and although the bridge closure backed up traffic in both directions for some time, it was soon re-opened.

The 49-year-old construction worker suffered severe injuries in the accident, which happened on the lower bridge level. Emergency crews rushed the man to Richmond University Medical Center in West Brighton, where he received treatment for a leg injury. According to a witness from the scene of the incident, the man was conscious when emergency workers took him away, but he was probably in a state of shock due to the severity of his injury.

The 2 kinds of lost wages benefits

Most New Jersey workers -- especially New Jersey hardhats -- know that they can apply for lost wages benefits in the event that they suffer an employment-related injury that renders them unable to work or hold down a job. Beyond this information, however, workers are generally clueless about how much money they can receive, how long they can receive it and what kind of wage replacement options exist for different circumstances.

There are two kinds of workers' compensation wage loss benefits temporary partial lost wages benefits and temporary total lost wages benefits. Let's take a look at both of these options:

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