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What you should know about cold stress in the workplace

Cold stress is a major concern in the spring, fall and winter or when people work in cold environments year-round. It's vital that employers take the risk of cold exposure seriously and help prevent workplace accidents resulting from exposure. How? By training employees to be safe in these environments.

How cold is too cold to work?

What are some motorcycle accident facts to know?

Motorcycle accidents are tragic and violent. Riders have little to not protection against other vehicles, the friction of the road or impacts. They face serious injuries and life-threatening conditions after a collision. What's worse is that many accidents could be avoided if drivers were more cautious or looked for motorcyclists on the roads.

How many people die in motorcycle crashes each year?

Motorcycle accidents: How you can help prevent injuries

Motorcyclists are at risk on the roads, no matter how careful they are. More than half of all motorcycle accidents take place at intersections. Over two-thirds of these accidents took place because the driver did not see the motorcyclist. It's particularly dangerous to ride in the winter months, when drivers assume that motorcycles have been put away for the winter.

There are some ways to help protect yourself against injuries while riding a motorcycle, even though you may still be at a risk of a crash. First, make sure you take a motorcycle training course. These courses help you learn how to avoid crashes and provide you with techniques to mitigate the damage to yourself or vehicle if an accident seems unavoidable.

Things you can to do prevent winter driving accidents

It is still that time of year when New Jersey residents have to worry about poor road conditions due to bad weather. Winter driving accidents occur far too frequently and numerous people are injured or lose their lives as a result.

Struck by a hit-and-run driver? You can make a claim

Leaving the scene of an accident results in what is called a "hit-and-run." A hit-and-run driver can be prosecuted, even if he or she was not at fault for a collision. The exception to this rule is if the driver leaves the scene of the accident temporarily to seek out help.

The penalty for leaving the scene of an accident varies, but it could be a misdemeanor or felony depending on where it takes place. In New Jersey, a person can be found guilty of a hit-and-run crash if the person was driving and involved in the accident, knew he or she was in the accident, left the scene knowingly and unlawfully and caused harm to another person.

Alleged DUI driver arrested after fatal pedestrian accident

Driving under the influence of alcohol is illegal for good reason. It makes it hard for a driver to pay attention to the road or to make quick decisions. The person's driving abilities may be influenced, and he or she may weave or make impulsive moves that put others in danger.

In a sad case out of New Jersey, an intoxicated driver was arrested by police after causing a fatal pedestrian accident in Van Buren. According to the news from Jan. 12, the man was arrested following the fatal accident and had stayed at the scene.

Riding in the winter: What you need to know to get compensated

If you choose to ride a motorcycle in the winter, there are a few things you can do to keep yourself safer. For instance, making sure you wear warm enough clothing to prevent frostbite or hypothermia. You may also want to take a winter driving course to help yourself learn to manage on ice, snow and other hazardous winter conditions.

Another thing to do is to prepare your motorcycle for the weather. Make sure you have a windshield to shield you from snow and rain on the face as well as from heavy, cold winds. Check your battery and make sure it can handle the cold weather. Additionally, make sure any antifreeze or coolant in your motorcycle is designed to be used in cold temperatures. If not, it could freeze, damaging parts of the motorcycle. On top of that, the antifreeze won't be able to do its job, so you could see damage to your engine or other parts of the motorcycle.

Why are workers' compensation claims denied?

If you've been hurt at work, you likely know that you need to file for workers' compensation. You make a claim through your employer in most cases, and then the workers' compensation insurer reviews your case. In some cases, the claim is denied, even though you have a legitimate injury. Why is that, and what can you do?

If you wait too long to file, you could have your claim denied. Typically, you have no more than 90 days to file your first claim for an injury. If you wait longer than that, the insurance company may deny your claim stating that the injury may not be related to your workplace accident.

You can claim workers' comp for repetitive strain injuries

Authorities often express their concerns about employers who prioritize profits over employee safety. Business owners sometimes resist spending money to address safety hazards because compliance with some regulations may require high initial expenses. Unfortunately, this is a misperception. Safe workplace environments in which there are limited chances of injuries can avoid the costs of lost hours and workers' compensation claims that will lead to increased insurance premiums.

Saying sober can save lives in New Jersey

The New Jersey attorney general has issued an important statement regarding times when there are increases in traffic and the potential for additional drunk drivers on the roads. While New Year's Eve and Day are over now, that doesn't mean that these tips should be ignored until next year. In fact, traveling safely is important every day, no matter where you are or what you're doing.

During 2015, there were over 1,700 DWI arrests made over the New Year's holiday time frame. Across the country, 10,265 people were killed in alcohol-impaired traffic accidents that year, too. This year, New Jersey aimed to bring that number down and released important information on ways you can stay safe.

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