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May 2015 Archives

Lawsuit filed by conductor in Amtrak derailment

A 33-year-old resident of New Jersey who was working as a conductor on a derailed Amtrak train has filed a lawsuit against Amtrak for serious injuries he claims to have suffered in the fatal accident on May 12. The man was on a break to use the restroom when the incident occurred. His injuries from the crash include broken shoulders, a broken back and a broken neck.

Mistreatment and neglect linked to dog bite cases

New Jersey residents will probably be unsurprised to learn that mistreated or neglected dogs are more likely to lash out than beloved family pets. A 2013 study published by the American Veterinary Medical Association reveals that dogs considered to be part of the family by their owners are far less likely to demonstrate aggressive behavior. However, those that spend most of their lives isolated from human companionship seldom learn how to behave appropriately when antagonized.

The most dangerous driving days of the year

Drivers in New Jersey who are concerned about driving safety may be interested in statistics about holidays and dangerous driving. Data collected from various sources single out certain periods of the year that are the most dangerous for driving.

Crash statistics are not favorable to pedestrians

Being a pedestrian can be hazardous to one's health in New Jersey and around the country. U.S. Department of Transportation statistics showed that a pedestrian died, on average, in a traffic accident every two hours somewhere in the United States in 2012, and every seven minutes a pedestrian was injured. More than 4,700 pedestrians died in traffic accidents in that year alone.

Steps employers can take to protect employees from the heat

With the return of spring and warm weather, employers need to be aware of the risks that sun, heat, and humidity can pose for their workers and take steps to protect them. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that thousands of workers succumb to heat-related illnesses each year, and in 2012, more than 30 workers died from such illnesses, including a sanitation worker in New Jersey. Although OSHA does not have a specific heat illness prevention standard, such illness is typically covered under the General Duty clause that requires employers to provide a workplace free of recognized hazards.

Avoiding and protecting against dog attacks

With so many New Jersey residents owning dogs, many do not realize that dig attacks can be a serious hazard. Even the most docile dogs can potentially become vicious. Because thousands of adults and children suffer from dog attacks across the nation, everyone should know how to protect themselves against attacks or know how to avoid them altogether.

Car collides with New Jersey Transit bus

In the early morning hours of May 1, a car allegedly ran a red light at an intersection in Newark, New Jersey, colliding with a transit bus. The collision caused a number of injuries to both the occupants of the car and the bus.

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