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Crash fatalities on the rise in the United States

With increasing access to technology to make vehicles safer, you'd expect the number of fatalities due to motor vehicle accidents to continue to fall on a yearly basis. What has some people reeling is the fact that the federal authorities have said that, for the first time since 1966, the number of fatalities have risen. It was no small rise; the number of fatalities was reported at least 7 percent higher than the year prior.

A total of 35,092 people were killed in 2015, 2,348 more than the year before. That increase is substantial enough to look into what has changed; in New Jersey, this means a forum to discuss how to curb the dangers of distractions, drowsy driving, drugs and drinking.

1 killed, 1 severely injured in crash on Route 61

When you're driving, you have a responsibility to others. You should stay in your lane, obey the speed limit and traffic laws and do your part to prevent accidents when you can. When a person decides to do something illegal, like crossing a concrete barrier to avoiding having to exit the highway at the next exit, then others can be put at risk and have a right to a lawsuit if they're injured. That's what happened in this case, which left one person dead and another fighting for her life.

A 53-year-old man was killed in an accident on Route 61 near Interstate 78, a report from Berks Regional News announced. He was traveling with a 52-year-old woman, who was seriously injured in the crash. At the time of the last report, she was in serious condition but expected to survive.

Pedestrian deaths are on the rise; you have a right to be heard

Pedestrian injuries may seem like they happen too often in your area, and if you feel like there has been an uptick, you're right. Pedestrian accidents are becoming more common, and that's a growing concern.

A total of 169 pedestrian deaths occurred in New Jersey in 2014; the incidents happened so commonly that there was a death reported once every other day of the year. Many of the victims were crossing streets or in intersections when the accidents took place.

2 killed, 1 injured in pedestrian accident in New Jersey

Pedestrians are some of the most vulnerable people on the roads. They have nothing to protect them against the impact of a vehicle, and even at low speeds, the impact can cause serious injuries like broken bones, lacerations and crushing injuries.

When a pedestrian is hit, it's absolutely important that he or she receives the care he or she needs immediately. The driver who hit the pedestrian should stay at the scene and call for help; witnesses should also stand by and wait for police.

The importance of practicing pedestrian safety

In order to lose weight or get into shape, many people are taking to the sidewalks and roadways to walk or run. Unfortunately, many of these people don't realize the importance of being vigilant and extra cautious when it comes to their own safety. Every year, many pedestrians are injured and even killed in unfortunate accidents. You should practice pedestrian safety at all times to ensure your own well-being.

What kinds of infections are common from dog bites?

If you are attacked by a dog, it's likely that the owner will be held responsible. New Jersey is a strict liability state, which means it's the owner's responsibility to keep his or her dogs under control.

After a bite, you may have many medical concerns including worrying about tetanus or rabies. Both can be transmitted by dogs without proper vaccines. When you are bit, going to the doctor or hospital is not only wise but imperative to prevent infection. You may need a series of rabies shots or a tetanus shot to prevent serious infections that may be fatal if left untreated.

Third-party liability and what you can do after a collision

If you're a passenger in an Uber vehicle, do you know how to get compensated if your driver is involved in an accident? What about if you're driving or walking and are hit by an Uber driver? There are several possibilities, from seeking compensation from Uber itself to pursuing compensation from the driver.

It's a fact that Uber's insurance coverage varies widely depending on what the driver is doing. For instance, if a driver is simply driving around and hits someone, the driver is in what is known as "period 1," and won't offer any coverage for the driver. It doesn't offer collision or comprehensive damage, so if the driver doesn't have his or her own insurance, you, as a victim, could be looking at suing him or her directly.

Motorcyclist seriously hurt in crash in Toms River

Riding a motorcycle can be dangerous, because the motorcycle can be harder to see, and drivers can miscalculate how fast they're traveling. One of the most common causes of accidents is a driver turning left in front of a motorcyclist. When a driver makes that mistake, it's nearly impossible for a motorcyclist to avoid a collision. Even if the motorcyclist can turn or slide, it's likely that he or she will collide with the vehicle and be either run over or thrown from his or her vehicle. That collision could cause severe injuries or death.

In this case reported in the news, a motorcyclist suffered serious injuries because of that very action. According to the story, the motorcyclist was headed east on Indian Head Road at around 5:30 p.m., when a minivan turned left onto Oak Ridge Parkway. The motorcyclist was unable to stop and collided with the van.

When children should walk to school alone

If you have a small child and live close to your child's school, you may be wondering when it's appropriate for your child to walk to school on his or her own. There's no federal law that says when it's okay for a child to walk unaccompanied, but you may want to think about talking to your school district about the normal times when children do walk by themselves. The school may also know particularly safe routes that children can take; perhaps your child can meet up with others on their way.

Tragically, sometimes kids walking to school are hit by cars. It's important that your child is ready to walk alone and understands the dangers of walking near and crossing roadways before taking that major step of independence.

Avoiding common accidents in the workplace

Whatever type of occupation you have, there is the risk of work-related injuries. Although safety training and common sense help in avoiding these accidents, they do still happen. Here are just a few of the most common workplace injuries and how to avoid them.

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