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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.

Bedbugs and your home: Landlord or tenant liability?

Who should be held responsible if there is an insect infestation in your apartment? What happens if you or your children fall ill? Landlord-tenant laws for bug infestations, particularly those involving bedbugs, vary by state, but typically it is a landlord's responsibility to correct problems in their rental properties. If the bugs infest the property and make it uninhabitable, the tenants can't be expected to live there.

It's been shown by doctors in some poor inner-city areas that bedbugs could cause the transfer of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. This bacteria can be incredibly dangerous, particularly to children and the elderly. Some people have presented with staph infections, which may be a result of bedbug bites.

What are common causes of car accidents in New Jersey?

Car crashes and their causes vary by state, but if you've been in a collision, statistics don't do your pain or suffering justice. It's your right to file a claim against a negligent driver, so you can get the compensation you need during your recovery and in the future.

Which kinds of crashes are less common in New Jersey?

Motorcyclists: File a claim against dangerous drivers

As a motorcyclist, you know that many times when you're riding, your life is in the hands of other drivers. Someone who isn't paying attention and hits you could cause you serious injuries, disabilities or kill you.

Even if you wear the proper safety gear, your risk of injury or death increases with speed. In New Jersey, the number of crashes involving motorcyclist fatalities are fairly high as well. According to a 2014 report, there were 61 motorcyclists killed, making up 11 percent of the fatalities from traffic accidents that year. The only other accidents that led to more fatalities were car and SUV accidents.

You can be compensated for injuries on an owner's property

When you enter a property, it's the responsibility of the owner of that property to make sure you are kept safe. The property should be reasonably maintained, and you shouldn't have to worry about accidents due to damaged walkways or other concerns.

Whether you were an invitee, on the property as a trespasser or were a licensee, you are entitled to some protections when you enter the property. For instance, as an invitee, you were invited onto the property. That means the owner knew you were coming and should have taken reasonable steps to make sure the premises was safe. As a licensee, you enter for your own reasons and are there at the consent of the owner, but a lesser duty of care is due.

New Jersey motorcycle accidents are on the rise in 2016

Summer may be the perfect time to dust off the old motorcycle and take it out for a spin in New Jersey. Indeed, motorcyclists seem to be everywhere this time of year, enjoying the summer sun and clear skies.

But riders beware: motorcycle accidents have been on the rise the last few years. And even the most cautious motorcyclists are not guaranteed against accidents.

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