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Tips for driving in the rain

Summer storms are a common occurrence, even as the season draws to a close. Accordingly, even the safest New Jersey drivers run the risk of an accident when driving in the rain, unless they take the proper precautions. State Farm offers the following tips in this case to make sure you and other drivers remain safe and secure when on the road.

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How to stay safe at work

When New Jersey residents go to work each day, they usually do not consider the possibility that they might slip and fall. People encounter many hazards each day that might cause an accident, however, and it is important to understand how people can make sure their work environment is safe.

People can easily slip or trip when they go to work each day. Grainger.com says that people might slip on wet leaves or ramps that do not have a skid-resistant surface. Stairs without a handrail and uneven bricks can also be a hazard. Once they enter their workplace, people may sometimes trip on clutter or open drawers near their desks. Sometimes electrical cords can cause a person to trip if he or she does not know they are there, and people might also slip on waxed or wet floors.

Driver only gets probation for pedestrian death

New Jersey residents who lose family members in unnecessary vehicle accidents have good reason to search for justice afterwards. One way that would make sense for this justice to come about would be via the court system if criminal charges are levied against an at-fault driver. Sometimes, however, people may be left struggling to feel that true justice was done.

Such may well be the case today for the family of a woman who was killed while after being hit by a pickup truck while walking in a crosswalk. According to a report from NJ.com, the incident occurred in the evening and the driver appeared to break multiple laws including speeding, going through a red light and driving without a valid license. The man driving the truck was in his 20s and the pedestrian was 72 years old.

Take action after the collision

When people are involved in a car accident in New Jersey, they may feel stunned right after the collision occurs. However, it is important for people to take certain steps so they have all of the necessary information.

Before people think about calling law enforcement, they should usually make sure their car is completely stopped. Esurance says that people should typically put their cars into park and turn the engine off. Sometimes someone may need to move his or her car to the side of the road or turn on the hazard lights. Although some people may want to get out of their vehicles immediately to assess the damage, it is a good idea to take a deep breath and calm down. Before people get out, they should generally make sure there are no cars coming.

How do you childproof your house?

When you have visitors at your New Jersey home, you may not think about the ways people can get hurt. If your guests have young children, though, it is important to consider their safety. Although you may think you do not need to childproof if you do not have children, it is a good idea to know childproofing basics so your house will be safe for all of your visitors.

If a friend's children will spend time in your kitchen, it is important to make sure they will be safe in this room. According to Parents magazine, children can easily reach the burners on a stove, as well as appliances on countertops. To make sure the kids are safe, you should typically take the knobs off of the stove when you are not cooking or install a stove guard while the kids are visiting. You should also make sure the appliances are put away. It is a good idea to put latches on the lower cabinets so a child cannot open them.

Summer holiday driving dangers

With the Memorial Day weekend comes the unofficial start to summer in New Jersey. It is the first of many times over the coming months that people will take to the road in droves for long weekend getaways with friends and family. While these events should be times to celebrate they can unfortunately end up being times to mourn when unnecessary and tragic accidents occur. Value Penguin reported on some statistics based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that shows just how deadly summer fun can become.

Based on information spanning five years from 2011 to 2015, the three primary summer holiday weekends occupy the top three spots in a list of the most deadly holiday weekends year-round in the United States. On a typical, non-holiday three-day weekend, an average of 245 people died in traffic accidents during this time. Of those, 29 percent died in drunk driving crashes.

How do you keep guests safe in a swimming pool?

As summer draws closer, you may think about the parties you will host at your New Jersey home. If you have a swimming pool, though, you generally need to make sure you take the precautions necessary to keep these parties safe.

It important for you to remember that guests may sometimes be injured around a swimming pool. SwimmingPool.com says that you should make sure your pool meets all of the local safety requirements. You should usually have more than one ladder so people can get in and out of the pool easily. These ladders typically need to have handrails that children can easily hold onto. Additionally, you should ensure that the rungs of the ladders have a width of at least three inches.

How can you reduce your chances of being hit by a car?

In New Jersey, there has been an upswing in people who choose to commute by biking. While this has many benefits to your health and the environment, it also comes with some risk. Sharing the road with vehicles can always pose a danger to people on bikes. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to cut down on your chances of being hit.

The best thing to do is to follow the road rules. The New Jersey state Department of Transportation lists the rules and regulations that bicyclists must abide by. This includes using marked bike paths when available, as well as obeying all traffic signs just as you would do if you were in a car. Stop at stop lights and stop signs, yield when appropriate, and follow the right-of-way.

In the blink of an eye: pedestrian accidents

In cities across the country, pedestrians must use caution when crossing streets and walking along sidewalks. Just as much, drivers must maintain a keen awareness of surroundings, including those on foot. New Jersey residents have the right to feel safe when travelling, no matter the mode of transportation, and part of this safety includes protection from potentially hazardous drivers.

Just earlier this week, USA Today reported on a pedestrian accident that resulted in the death of a 52-year-old Brick resident. According to the report, the man had been walking around the area of Dorado Plaza when a 2011 Camry struck him. The pedestrian had simply been trying to cross the road. Although many pedestrian incidents with vehicles involve an intoxicated or distracted driver, the driver of this accident had allegedly been sober. At current, it is unclear whether the driver will face fines or charges.

What are common causes of slip-and-fall accidents?

When residents in New Jersey like you hit the town, you expect to visit safe public places. Unfortunately, safety isn't something you'll get every single time. Lee Law Firm, LLC, will be here to lend a helping hand if you ever find yourself suffering due to the negligence of a public property owner.

Slip-and-fall accidents can involve more than just wet floors, which are one of the most popular examples. They don't even have to occur indoors. If you trip on broken or loose pavement in a parking lot, that qualifies as a potential slip-and-fall case. Another possible scenario involves construction defects in the walkways, guard rails, or steps that lead to you harming yourself.


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