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I fell on ice at work. Who is responsible?

The holiday season has officially started, and as anyone who lives in northern New Jersey knows, winter weather is often not far behind. That means cold temperatures, snow and ice. Employers should be prepared for winter weather and start implementing a plan that will keep you and your coworkers safe from slips and falls caused by winter precipitation.

If you suffered serious injuries in a slip and fall on ice or snow at work, you might be eligible for workers' compensation benefits. However, is there someone else who might be responsible for your injuries? The answer is maybe.

Worker killed after falling from forklift pallet

Forklift accidents are fairly common in industrial and construction situations, but there are many cases where they could be avoided. For example, if the forklift is inspected at the beginning of each shift, it would be easy to tell if it was being worn down or if rust had eaten through any important parts. Taking just a little time to review the state of the equipment can make a huge difference in how the machinery works and can save lives.

A worker fell from the end of a forklift in Pequannock, according to a report from Nov. 22, resulting in his death. The 21-year-old man had been standing on a wooden pallet on a forklift when the fork end detached due to an apparent mechanical failure. That resulted in the man falling 20 to 30 feet at the construction zone as he was being lowered by the forklift operator.

Dangers on the roads can lead to pedestrian injuries and deaths

A dangerous crosswalk or pathway can lead to situations where pedestrians are not seen as easily as they should be. That means that drivers are more likely to hit them, causing serious accidents and injuries.

For people who are older, traversing a crosswalk can be harder. Some only give you a few seconds to cross, which isn't enough time for those who might have to walk slowly with a cane or limp. In other cases, drivers might not obey the rule that they should wait for pedestrians to cross completely out of the crosswalk before entering it. A person making a right-hand turn might have the right of way, but if the crosswalk signal says walk, it's actually the pedestrian who has the true right of way in the scenario.

Here's a few things you might not know about car insurance

There are a number of things you might not realize about your car insurance. For example, did you know that males tend to pay more because they are more likely to be involved in a car accident? Those with poor credit pay more too.

The fact is that basic car insurance isn't meant to cover everything you need after a crash. It's intended to provide the basic insurance needed in a collision and has the intention of covering another person's costs. If another person causes your accident, you can sue for compensation from his or her insurance to pay for your damages, but if you don't have underinsured or uninsured coverage, comprehensive or personal injury protection coverage, the insurance itself is not meant to cover your injuries.

Are there any things I shouldn't do after a crash?

After a motorcycle accident, there are several things that you should or should not do. For instance, did you know that even if you're not at fault, saying that you're sorry for the accident can implicate that you were the one who caused the crash? Never admit fault at the scene, and avoid saying anything that would imply that you believe that you might be responsible for the accident.

Another thing that you should remember is that you should always go to the doctor after an accident. If an ambulance is at the scene, allow the emergency team to take you to the hospital. It's better to get checked and to find out that there's nothing wrong than to wait and find out that there is after you said that there wasn't. Stating that you are fine at the scene can end up making it more difficult for you to obtain compensation from a settlement later, since the insurance company might argue that your injuries were caused in a different situation.

Cyclists have a right to travel safely

Riding a bike is good for your health and helps you get where you need to go. Here is some information on why people hit the road on their bicycles and why they may be at risk of being involved in an accident.

Why do people choose to ride bikes when they could be hit by cars?

5 winter driving tips that will keep you safe

As a driver in the state of New Jersey, you know one thing to be true: The roadways can be a dangerous place during the winter months. You never know when snow, rain, sleet, ice, and heavy wind will enter the area. If you're behind the wheel and the conditions take a turn for the worse, it's important to adjust your driving style as to avoid serious trouble.

Here are five winter driving tips that can go a long way in keeping you safe:

What damages can be claimed following a car crash?

After you've been hurt in a car accident that was caused by someone else, you may be interested in seeking compensation for your pain and suffering as well as for your losses. You may have financial losses due to hospital bills or missing work, and you may need money to repair your vehicle.

The amount of money you'll be able to recover is typically limited and varies depending on your jurisdiction. However, there are several kinds of damages that you can claim for. Some of these include pain and suffering, physical disfigurement, a loss of companionship, emotional distress and mental anguish.

Reasons a pedestrian might be on a highway

You may think it is never a driver's fault if a pedestrian is hit on the highway, but that is not the case. In fact, there are many reasons for a pedestrian to be on a highway legally. For example, if someone was driving and wrecked his or her vehicle, then that person may be on the side of the road awaiting help.

When can a driver be held accountable for hitting a pedestrian?

Hoboken train's first black box was not recording day of accident

When you're hurt at work, whether it's on the factory floor or as a result of a train accident, you deserve to be compensated. You may need medical care and should have the right to seek it without worrying about cost; workers' compensation should be available to you. Workers involved in this accident may have the option of pursuing compensation after being involved in a low-speed impact.

The horrible train accident in Hoboken Station shocked those in the station and on the train, and officials have been trying to obtain information about the accident through the train's first discovered black box. Unfortunately, the recorder found was not working on the day of the accident, leaving officials' hopes with the remaining box located out of reach. It hasn't been removed from the train as of yet due to its position; it is under a collapsed section of the train station's roof, which still needs to be removed.

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