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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.

What do you do if you get hurt at work?

When you're hurt on the job, the first thing you should do is tell your employer. Don't wait until you get home or spend a few days considering your pain; you should immediately report any injury you suffer or do so as soon as possible. If you need medical care, a request can be placed with your employer under New Jersey law. In an emergency, you should seek care immediately.

If your employer decides not to report your accident to the workers' compensation insurance carrier, you have an option of doing so yourself. In your workplace, the insurance coverage for the company should be listed in a prominent location. Collect the information there and then contact your local workers' compensation organization.

Stay safe on the roads with these motorcycle safety tips

As a motorcyclist, you do everything you can to stay safe on the roads. Despite this, you may still be involved in an accident due to other unsafe drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, those driving motorcycles are at a 26 times higher risk than other kinds of passengers to be killed in a crash and have around a five times greater risk of injury.

Motorcyclist fatalities to vary by year, but they don't see to really be dropping in number in New Jersey. There are around 70 fatalities and 2,000 crashes involving motorcyclists each year, and while some are caused by the motorcyclists, others are likely caused by drivers who pull out in front of them, turn in front of them, put their brakes on too quickly or perform other unsafe actions on the roads.

What are the most common injuries to pedestrians struck by cars?

When a pedestrian is involved in a car accident, that person is at a high risk of serious injuries. What kinds of injuries are most common? A report from October 2011 looked into the injury patterns of those struck by vehicles overseas, so the U.S. government and traffic administrations can help prevent these injuries within the United States as well. According to the paper, there were several areas of the body most commonly injured after being hit by a vehicle.

Elderly people were highly represented in this report, but young pedestrians were most commonly injured. According to the data, the lower extremities were most commonly injured. Around 50 percent of the victims suffered some kind of trauma to the legs or feet. The head, neck, and face were the second most frequently injured parts of the body. Those injuries took place in around 38 percent of the pedestrians who were struck. The upper extremities were the least likely to be injured, with just 27 percent of the pedestrians who were struck suffering injuries in that area of the body.

Morgan and Wal-Mart settle after fatal accident

If you remember the accident that involved comedian Tracy Morgan and James McNair, then you recall that it was a Wal-Mart truck that struck the back of the vehicle carrying the men and others. The truck driver was accused of several violations of trucking laws, and he faces various criminal charges in New Jersey state court. One of those charges is for the death of a man by auto, which could result in a prison sentence. So far, the driver of the Wal-Mart truck has pleaded not guilty.

The initial investigation into the crash showed that the Wal-Mart diver had been traveling 65 mph when he struck the limo van carrying Morgan and others along the New Jersey Turnpike. On that section of the turnpike, the speed limit had been lowered to 45 due to construction. The truck driver had allegedly slowed for traffic but had to swerve to avoid a crash. When he did that, he struck the back of the limo.

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