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Avoiding vehicle accidents in New Jersey

While there is no way to truly predict when or where an accident will occur, it is important to know that there are specific places and times of day that are more prone to traffic crashes. With this information in mind, there are some steps drivers can take to increase their chances of avoiding an accident.

Even though an extended road trip may seem like the most likely time for a vehicle accident to occur, many drivers actually have accidents that are within just 25 miles from where they live. Not only is this because people are more likely to drive near their homes, but it is also because motorists tend to relax from the repetition of driving through their familiar neighborhoods.

Some drivers think they can text and drive

Texting on a handheld device while behind the wheel is against the law in New Jersey, yet people still do it. Cell phone use while driving, particularly texting, has become common and pushed many states to pass laws against it. A survey by Progressive Insurance finds that most people believe texting while driving should be illegal, yet many still do it anyway.

The survey of approximately 1,000 drivers aged 18 and older was conducted in August 2017. The majority of people polled said that texting while driving should be illegal, but 34 percent said they believe in their own ability to text and drive safely. Age played a large factor on this question, with more than 64 percent of drivers 18-34 saying they are confident in their ability to text and drive safely, while only 6 percent of those at or over 55 said they can do so. But younger drivers do think that cell phone use while driving is dangerous, as 64 percent in the 18-34 age group said it is the primary cause of car accidents.

Shift in workplace safety emphasizes prevention

A growing number of safety professionals are urging a shift in how potential hazards are treated in the workplace. The traditional approach is to wait until an accident happens and then investigate the incident. However, serious injury and fatality prevention programs, also known as SIF, aim to anticipate and limit those accidents. Some safety professionals believe this will make New Jersey employees safer.

For these programs to be effective, a company's safety professionals must talk to workers in the field about the hazards they observe. This means that workers must be in an environment in which they feel safe reporting hazards. Safety professionals must also be prepared to bring leadership on board.

These 3 weather risks can cause drivers to crash

Weather plays an important role in road conditions. With heavy storms in parts of the United States, it's wise to understand how a downpour could affect your ability to drive safely.

Rain is one of the major problems that happens with hurricanes and thunderstorms. When winds pick up, rain begins to fall and other hazards collect on or near the roads, it becomes a risk to drive. Here are a few things to consider.

New Jersey office workers at risk for computer vision syndrome

Many people don't imagine calm offices when they think of workplace injuries. As more and more Americans spend their working days in front of a computer, however, digital eyestrain is becoming a bigger issue across the nation.

According to the American Optometric Association, computer vision syndrome, is a group of symptoms that can develop from prolonged exposure to digital screens -- whether they be computers, e-readers, tablets or smartphones. Luckily, most of the issues described by this syndrome are temporary and will cease when the worker stops using the device. However, some employees may find some symptoms, such as blurred vision, to be chronic. The AOA cautions that the symptoms will recur or progress if the cause of the problems is not addressed.

What to expect when approved for workers' compensation benefits

You went to work at a New Jersey construction site just like any other day, but you certainly didn't go home the same way. You fell about three stories to the ground from a scaffold, and you were lucky to survive. You broke your leg, got a head injury and now you're recovering at home. The doctor says you won't be able to work for at least two months.

Fortunately, the New Jersey workers' compensation system exists to help you get through this rough patch. However, you'll have to navigate your workers' compensation claim appropriately to get the benefits you need. This means you'll need to familiarize yourself with your legal rights and your employer's responsibilities to you.

Self-driving cars face a number of obstacles

New Jersey residents may be aware that several companies have vowed to bring a fully autonomous vehicle to the market within five years, but some experts believe that this timetable is highly optimistic. While self-driving cars promise to one day drastically reduce motor vehicle accident deaths and ease congestion, there are a number of financial, legal and psychological hurdles that must be cleared first.

Few disagree that the advent of autonomous technology will cause a paradigm shift in society and change the way Americans view transportation and driving, but little has been done to develop regulations for self-driving cars and pave the way for this technology. Questions have also been raised about the accuracy of the mapping software used by autonomous vehicles and the reliability of their sensors and accident avoidance systems.

3 common slip-and-fall accident scenarios

If you're walking to work, shopping or visiting a neighbor's house, you could fall prey to a tragic slip-and-fall event. If the owner of the property failed to make the property reasonably safe for visitors, you might have a viable claim to pursue financial damages in court.

This article will review three common slip-and-fall accident scenarios: (1) broken sidewalk accidents; (2) falling at a neighbor's party; and (3) tripping at a retail store.

Hazardous repair method for water pipes

New Jersey plumbing construction workers who routinely repair water pipes should know that a popular repair method may present a risk to their health. According to researchers from Purdue University, the cured-in-place pipe repair procedure should be reassessed for the dangers it can present.

During the cured-in-place pipe repair process, a tube made of resin-reinforced fabric is inserted into a damaged pipe. The tube is cured with high-pressure steam, ultraviolet light or hot water in order to create a new pipe.

Autonomous cars could be on the horizon

Driverless cars are big news in New Jersey and across the United States. Some of the biggest companies in the country are investing in research and develop of autonomous cars and similar technologies. While tech companies like Apple, Google, Intel, Tesla and Uber are investing in research, some corporations are also spending billions to buy startups working on driverless vehicles.

One project launched by Google has seen self-driving cars move more than 3 million miles. There are a number of appealing ideas about autonomous vehicles. For example, there are nearly 100 roadway deaths every day in the United States. The vast majority of these crashes are caused by human error. Autonomous vehicles are not subject to the same logical fallacies or mistakes as humans and cannot be drowsy, distracted or drunk. In addition, self-driving cars can travel more closely together because their speed is automatically maintained.

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