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You should be compensated following a pedestrian accident

If you're in a pedestrian or bicycle accident involving a vehicle, it's important that you're represented in a way that allows you to get the most out of your case. You should be able to get the compensation you need to cover your medical bills and lost wages, pain and suffering, and other financial losses, and you should know that the driver who hurt you is being held responsible for his or her actions.

In New Jersey, drivers are meant to yield to pedestrians and those on their bicycles. Sometimes, people are crossing the street when a car comes around a corner too quickly or are struck by a person driving recklessly and not paying attention. No matter why the accident happened, the injuries you suffered from being hurt can't be reversed. It's important that the driver learns that it's not okay to be neglectful while driving.

Motorcyclist deaths on the rise in the 2000s

Motorcycle accidents can be deadly for the people riding as well as those who are in the other vehicle. As motorcycles become more popular as a way to save money on fuel or to travel with a lower carbon footprint, it's important for drivers to be more aware of these motorcyclists. As a motorcyclist yourself, you know that it can be dangerous on the roads. How dangerous is it, though?

There are a few things that can affect your safety. For instance, you know that your motorcycle is less stable and visible than a larger passenger vehicle. You have less protection against a crash, too, and that can lead to serious injuries on impact.

How workers' compensation works in New Jersey

If you're hurt at work, do you know what to do? It's important to follow the correct procedures, so you can get compensated as soon as possible and start getting the treatment you need to get back to a healthy life. First, make sure you alert your employer immediately when you get hurt. It doesn't matter if it's a twisted ankle, laceration, or trip-and-fall accident; your employer needs to know you were hurt and what you want to do about the injury.

If you need medical treatment, then you should ask your employer and discuss where you are allowed to go for treatment; if it's an emergency, you should be taken to the hospital. If your employer won't allow you to see a physician through his or her insurance or won't report your accident to the workers' compensation insurance carrier, you can do so yourself. If you don't want to do that, then consider filing a claim with the Division of Workers' Compensation.

Are pedestrian deaths rising in New Jersey?

With pedestrian deaths on the rise in New Jersey, police have started to look for reasons why more people are being killed now than ever before. Across all of New Jersey, there was a record number of pedestrian fatalities in 2014; 169 people were killed. In 2013, 131 people were killed, showing a 29 percent increase between the years.

2015 isn't looking much better. In January, 13 people were killed. In February, 12 pedestrians were killed. In March, another 17 were pronounced dead from accidents on the roads. Not everything is bad news, though. Overall road fatalities are dropping in New Jersey, and in 2014, only 561 people were killed in comparison to 723 in 2004. The issue is that out of those deaths, the 151 pedestrians killed in 2004 made up 20.9 percent of the total number of fatalities, which is out of line. Now, 2014's numbers show that walking deaths added up to 30 percent of traffic deaths.

Emergency worker killed in accident with driver in East Brunswick

When you have an accident, you know to call emergency services for help. When you do that, ambulances with emergency medical technicians will come to you, whether you're suffering from a health issue at home or in a car accident in the city.

When these EMTs are driving to you, lights and sirens let others know they're on their way. When drivers hear these sirens or see the lights flashing, they should pull over and get out of the way to abide by the laws for emergency vehicles. If they don't or they continue on, an accident like this one could happen. In the tragic accident in New Jersey, a young woman lost her life after the vehicle she was in was struck and forced onto its side.

How can you tell who is at fault for a motorcycle accident?

If you're in a motorcycle accident, you probably have a few questions about who is at fault and how you'll be compensated for the pain and suffering you have had to endure. The first thing that needs to be determined is who is responsible for the accident. To figure this out, police will reconstruct the accident when necessary, and witness testimonies and the reports of the drivers will be considered.

If it's found that both parties are at fault in some way, then comparative negligence comes into play. With comparative negligence, both parties are found responsible, but one party is then found to be more at fault than the other. For instance, one person may have been speeding, but the other person may have been distracted. Together, they caused an accident due to mutual neglect. Now, the person speeding didn't pull out in front of someone, so he could be less at fault than the person who did.

Get compensated for your occupational exposure illness

Occupational exposure is something that can lead to you suffering serious health consequences in your future or even in the present, depending on the exposure type. Occupational exposure is defined as being exposed to an occupational disease or medical condition due to the environment at a workplace. It's not the same as being hurt by crushing or cutting, instead, it refers to longer-term illnesses. For instance, prior to laws being in place to prevent asbestos of certain types, many people suffered lung conditions such as mesothelioma.

Chemical exposure is a type of exposure you may suffer from if you work with chemicals in a lab, on a farm, in a factory or in other situations. These chemicals can cause burns or cancers in some cases. Repetitive lifting can expose you to back injuries or neck injuries. Chronic pain in your knees, shoulders, feet, back or legs would also not be uncommon. Repetitive motion injuries are also similar to repetitive lifting injuries, but hands and wrists are most likely to be affected with carpal tunnel or arthritis.

Does New Jersey have specific pedestrian traffic laws?

Since 2010, New Jersey has had revised traffic laws to help reduce the number of deadly pedestrian accidents taking place on the roadways. The 2010 change was the first time in over half a century that the rules for drivers and pedestrians had changed in the state.

The revised law requires all drivers in New Jersey to come to a complete stop any time a pedestrian walks into a crosswalk. Previously, it was required that drivers should yield to the pedestrians, but this didn't always protect the person. Drivers who were anxious to continue could still run the risk of hitting the pedestrian.

Man paralyzed after car turns in front of his motorcycle

As a motorcyclist, you know that the roads are more dangerous for you than for other drivers. You take a risk every time you go to work or drive recreationally, because you aren't a large vehicle and may not be seen coming around corners or on highways if other drivers don't pay attention. What should be an easy commute could end badly if others aren't paying attention or don't notice you on your motorcycle. While you can be hurt badly, paralyzed or killed, you still will need to manage your medical bills and wages to survive.

When an accident's not your fault, you shouldn't be left to face this struggle alone. You deserve compensation, much like this motorcyclist received after being paralyzed in a serious accident. The motorcyclist has received a $2.52 million settlement, according to a New Jersey news source. This settlement, while high, will need to pay for medical care, lost wages and other needs the man will have in the future.

Speak up after an injury on a business' premises in New Jersey

When walking into a grocery store, you don't expect anything bad to happen. You probably just want to get a few items for food for the week and get out. Most people plan their trips a few times a month, so they are familiar with the store, too. Still, despite knowing the store and the surroundings, injuries can still happen while you're there.

Retail stores can be dangerous for consumers if they aren't repaired and managed correctly. Leaving wet floors unmarked, for instance, can lead to a person slipping on the water and injuring him- or herself. Partitions and half-sized walls can be dangerous, too, especially if they are short enough to pose a tripping hazard. Because consumers focus on the shelving and sales, they aren't usually looking down at the floor. That means that slick and dangerous areas that could be avoided won't be, simply because you won't see them coming.

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