Somerville Motor Vehicle Accident Law Blog

How can I become a safer motorcyclist?

As a New Jersey motorcyclist, you are 29 times more likely to die in a vehicle crash than a passenger car occupant. This is according to the New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety, which adds that you are also five times more likely to be injured. There is an 83 percent chance that you will be injured if you crash.

There were over 13,000 motorcycle crashes in New Jersey between 2010-2014, of which 62 occurred in 2014. In 2015, the cycle crash statistics broke down as follows:

  • 31 percent involved riders who were speeding.
  • 27 percent involved riders who tested positive for alcohol.
  • 24 percent involved riders who were distracted or inattentive.

Construction workers and back injuries

New Jersey construction workers are at substantial risk of receiving a back injury and/or developing a musculoskeletal disorder. A recent study by the Center for Construction Research and Training found that back injuries in the construction industry are more prevalent than in all other industries combined. Not surprisingly, older workers and those who have been on the job for five years or more are most at risk. Overall, back injuries account for 40 percent of all construction injuries and result in over $46 million in lost wages each year.

The main reasons why construction workers are so prone to back injuries and conditions is that lifting and carrying heavy loads are a normal part of their jobs. In addition, they often are required to repeat the same movements over and over again and to maintain awkward body positions for relatively long periods of time. Eventually their bodies become chronically fatigued and their recovery time for each successive injury increases. The most common work-related musculoskeletal disorders, also called WMSDs, are ligament sprains, muscle and tendon strains, inflammation of the tendons; i.e., tendonitis, and degenerative disc disease.

Fire risk recall involves BMW vehicles across the country

Recalls regularly occur for various products to protect consumers from unforeseen dangers associated with the product. It is not uncommon for a certain make or model of vehicle to be recalled within months or years of the vehicles’ purchase, due to mistakes in manufacturing causing a dangerous situation involving the vehicle. A vehicle recall has the potential to affect not only New Jersey residents, but car owners across the country.

Reportedly, it has been an issue over the past five years for BMW passenger vehicles and SUVs to catch fire spontaneously, even when they had been parked and not in use for several days. It was reported in at least 40 instances that parked BMWs burst into flames. Out of these vehicles, 12 were subject to a recent manufacturer recall that addressed a fire risk due to two separate issues.

How can you combat animal bite scars?

New Jersey residents who are attacked by dogs may suffer from more than just psychological scarring. Physical scars are also unfortunately common among sufferers like you. Due to the severity of dog attacks, you may even suffer from hypertrophic or keloid scarring.

MedScape states that there are ways to care for noticeable scars in a way that will reduce their appearance. Both the raised appearance of scars and any discoloration that might be associated with them can drastically be reduced and minimized with different medical options.

You have the right to work in a safe environment

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established rules and regulations that specify the right you have to a safe workplace. If you are worried at any time relating to the safety of your work area, you should immediately talk to your supervisors about your fears.

When bringing your concerns forward about workplace safety, never worry about retaliation. Federal law protects workers from losing their jobs or suffering other negative consequences because they addressed their worries and safety concerns with supervisors.

What is aggressive driving?

When you drive around New Jersey, you may not think about your driving habits. More drivers have reported engaging in aggressive behavior, though, and it is important to understand what this behavior consists of and why it can be dangerous.

When you think about aggressive driving, you may think about actions such as ramming another car. The Washington Post says that honking and tailgating are also forms of aggressive driving which people regularly engage in. While some people stop their cars to yell at other drivers on the road, it is more common for people to make angry or rude gestures or intentionally tailgate. One study says that in some areas, drivers feel the biggest threat to their safety is aggressive driving.

What are the signs of shock?

New Jersey residents like yourself likely pass by many dogs every day. However, a single dog attack can result in numerous or severe injuries. It can even lead to shock, a condition that may be lethal. Knowing how to recognize the signs of shock can be a literal life saver.

Mayo Clinic states that symptoms of shock can cover quite a wide range. Shock can be the result of many different injuries or ailments, ranging from blood loss to burns to poisoning and more. It's the body's response to any traumatic event, and a dog attack that's severe enough can easily fit the bill. 

What are the effects of crush injuries?

Every year, workers in New Jersey just like you are exposed to dangerous situations that can lead to crush injuries. If you yourself have suffered from one of these injuries, it's beneficial to know what both the short and long-term effects may be. This can help you prepare for the medical journey ahead.

According to the National Institutes of Health, there are numerous and sometimes severe long term effects related to crush injuries. These effects have been observed most frequently in instances of mass injury through natural disasters like the Hanshin-Awaji earthquake, but aren't limited to those scenarios. In many cases, there can be long-lasting or even permanent issues with both your nerves and mobility. It's also possible to have sensory input problems depending on which area suffered the most damage. Crush injuries to the legs in particular take a long time to recover from and cause some of the most intense side-effects.

Motorcyclists are for lane-splitting

Motorcycle travel can be especially dangerous on busy, congested highways in New Jersey. In bad traffic, one can sometimes witness a motorcycle riding on the line between lanes in the same direction of traffic. This means of moving through traffic is commonly referred to as lane-splitting, and it may be disconcerting to the unsuspecting driver. However, some believe that motorcyclists avoid dangerous situations by maneuvering through traffic in this way.

According to the Motorcycle Industry Council, which “supports state laws that allow lane-splitting under reasonable restrictions,” there are potential benefits to lane-splitting. For example, motorcyclists are more conspicuous as they move relative to traffic, congestion is reduced, less idling and engine damage occur, and a reduction in overall fatigue can be experienced by motorcyclists who ride bikes with manual transmissions.

Who's at fault for a slip-and-fall?

New Jersey residents who slip, trip, or fall on someone else's property may be wondering what the next step is. We at Lieberman, Ryan, & Forrest LLC, we find it important to help you understand who can be held responsible for these accidents and what possible compensations may be available to you.

Public property is somewhat easier to determine fault for. Under New Jersey law, the "owner or operator" of any piece of commercial property is the one who's responsible for all accidents that occur on said property. This means that if you fall in a grocery store parking lot, on the way in to a public library, or at a movie theater, you aren't the one at fault. The commercial property owner will be the one to pay for any expenses that your injuries may incur, as it is their responsibility.