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How prevalent are pedestrian accidents?

Usually at some point of every day, residents in New Jersey are pedestrians. Even if it is for a mere 30 seconds, all it takes for a person to become a pedestrian is to be walking outside. Whether it is on a sidewalk, in a parking lot, residential area, shopping area or in a crosswalk, pedestrians are expected to follow certain rules when traveling near or on roadways. Even more so, motorists are expected to uphold a certain duty when operating a motor vehicle where pedestrians are present or frequent. Failure to do so could cause a motorist to overlook their surroundings and collide with a pedestrian.

How prevalent are pedestrian accidents? Based on current statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, roughly 5,000 pedestrian in the U.S. die as a result of a motor vehicle collision. Additionally, around 76,000 suffer injuries in an automobile-related crash.

Who can be held responsible for a birth injury?

Parents know that there is nothing more heart-wrenching than seeing one's child in pain. For parents of children born with disabilities and serious health conditions, this experience is a particularly painful one.

Children born with medical problems need extensive treatment, and sometimes round-the-clock care. This is taxing on the parents mentally, emotionally, physically and often financially. These parents need help meeting their child's needs. If a child's condition is due to a birth injury, the parents may be able to recover compensation that will help them with their child's care.

Helping you recover damages following a pedestrian accident

With the warm weather still hanging on in most of the country, residents in New Jersey and other states seek to spend more time outside. For some motorists, this means keeping their vehicles at home and walking around the block, to the park, to work or to the store. While it can be an enjoyable time and an excellent source of exercise, walking on or near the streets can be a very dangerous activity. Although traffic rules and regulations seek to improve the safety of pedestrians traveling on sidewalks, in crosswalks and on the side of the road, pedestrian accidents unfortunately still occur at an alarming rate.

Negligence is often involved in a pedestrian accident, and it is often the motorist that has failed to uphold his or her duty to drive safely. Thus, victims of a pedestrian accident should take the time to understand how the accident occurred, who is to blame and how they can go about recover damages for any injuries, losses and damages.

What you should know about anesthesia errors

One issue commonly swept under the rug involves anesthesia errors. They can happen at any time during surgical procedures, in-patient treatments and other parts of the care process. If you anticipate needing an operation or surgical procedure, you may want to second guess your decision. As frightening as the thought of becoming a victim of anesthesia errors may seem, you should not let it keep you from getting the medical care you need.

Anesthesia mistakes are one of several errors that occur every day in the medical field. Each year, the number of people in New Jersey who experience the often heart-wrenching, traumatic and lifelong consequences of surgical and medical procedures gone wrong increases. As the health care industry focuses more on its efforts in trying to prevent medical errors, you should take some time to learn about common types of anesthesia mistakes medical professionals often make. 

Wrongful deaths are devastating

All of us are expected to live a long, full life. There may be some inherent danger in walking outside, driving a car, getting medical treatment or using specific tools or products, but we do not expect to lose our lives doing those kinds of things. We live our lives without fear, and embrace the small risks as necessary.

These small risks can become more serious if another party or entity is involved. If they are negligent, these risks can become real dangers. Indeed, if a company is lax on safety requirements, if a person is not paying attention on the road or if a construction job goes wrong, the risk of death is frighteningly present and not so far-fetched.

The seriousness of pedestrian accidents

Believe it or not, every time we are motorists, we are also pedestrians at some point. This is because when a vehicle is parked, we become a pedestrian when we walk from our parked car to a final destination. Whether it is in a city, shopping district or a residential area, pedestrians are found on sidewalks, parking lots and the side of a street. Therefore, drivers in New Jersey should constantly be aware of their presence. The failure to do so could result in a serious or even fatal pedestrian accident.

Although pedestrians are expected and required to exercise caution when traveling in areas motorists frequent, drivers are required to uphold their duty to drive safely. This duty is not only extended to other motorists, but also to pedestrians walking in the area. Abiding by traffic signals, such as a sign or light, is also always expected. Thus, pedestrians should only cross the road when signaled to do so or when it is safe to do so. Additionally, motorists are required to yield to pedestrians that have the right-of-way.

A motorcycle-automobile crash can cause a serious injury

Fall is upon us, and many motorcyclists in New Jersey are looking forward to taking their motorcycles out for a scenic cruise. Even as we transition to the cooler months, motorists should always be on the lookout for motorcycles. These small vehicles can easily be overlooked and missed, resulting in a severe collision involving serious injuries.

What are common injuries suffered in a motorcycle-automobile crash? When motorcyclists are involved in a crash, they are most likely to suffer a serious injury to their feet or legs. This is according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and it is based on the fact that they put out their limbs to protect themselves in a fall. However, injuries to the hands and arms are lower in severity when compared to feet and leg injuries. Feet and leg injuries account for roughly 30 percent of non-fatal injuries suffered by motorcyclists.

Motorcyclist ejected and seriously injured in New Jersey crash

Although summer is coming to a close, many individuals in New Jersey and elsewhere are still enjoying the warm weather by still taking their motorcycles out for short and long distance rides. Motorcycles are enjoyable and efficient to ride; however, they tend to pose a variety of risks to those that travel on them. Due to their small size, other motorists frequently fail to notice them traveling nearby or traveling in oncoming traffic in an intersection. The failure to be attentive and uphold their duty to drive safely could result in a negligent driver causing a motorcycle crash.

According to recent reports, a motorcyclist was thrown from his bike following a collision with an automobile on August 31. Based on reports, the crash occurred around 9:45 a.m. on Middle Road located near Allocco Park in Holmdel, New Jersey. Because the collision caused the motorcyclist to be ejected from his bike, he suffered serious injuries.

When truckers are distracted

Nowadays, distracted driving gets considerable media attention. Much of this focuses on the dangers of using the phone and texting and driving behind the wheel. There are numerous other distractions that earn far less attention in the media, however, and they distract today’s commercial truckers as well as regular motorists.

All drivers may face additional dangers when truck drivers take their eyes or attention away from the road. Because of the sheer size and weight of their vehicles, truckers have a duty to avoid anything that could potentially distract them. As a matter of public safety, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has outlined what is diverting today’s commercial truckers’ attention.

Initial steps to take following medical malpractice

Going to the doctor, even for a routine visit, is not always easy. What if the doctor says you need to change your habits? What if you need to get blood tests? What if you need a shot? While there are some uneasy thoughts, they are relatively minor when compared to those going through the mind of a patient admitted to the hospital for a surgical procedure or medical treatment. Here, the medical care is more extensive, raising the duty of care by the medical professionals treating a patient. And when a doctor, surgeon, nurse or medical staff member in Newark fails to uphold their duty of care, this could result in serious harm to the patient's health, well-being and life.

Being a victim of medical malpractice can be a shocking event. No one expects that a trained medical professional will act negligently. Unfortunately, doctors and surgeons are human, making them prone to human errors. Therefore, when medical mistakes occur, patients should understand what legal recourses are available to them.

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