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December 2014 Archives

Paperwork requirements eliminated for trucking professionals

New Jersey truck drivers and trucking companies may appreciate the relief that they will experience as the result of a Dec. 18 rule implemented by the Department of Transportation. Previously, daily paperwork required of trucking professionals accounted for more than 46 million hours of time annually. Reports of vehicle inspections were required even when there were no safety or equipment problems. The elimination of report requirements in such cases is expected to save at least $1.7 billion per year without any negative safety effects.

Employment laws in New Jersey

All New Jersey workers are provided the many protections of state and federal laws that govern all aspects of the employer-employee relationship. Included among these protections is the right to be free from discrimination in hiring and promotions, freedom from retaliation for engaging in legally permitted employment actions, and entitlement to fair wages and humane working conditions. Although based in federal statutes, many New Jersey employment laws are more expansive and provide additional workplace safeguards as well as avenues for redress when enforcement of the laws is required.

Trucker escapes from fiery wreck

A multi-vehicle accident on Route 78 in New Jersey has killed a 24-year-old man from Chatham and left a 35-year-old man from New York in the hospital. According to reports, the truck that the New York man was driving burst into flames and left him with grave injuries. Police reports indicate that the accident happened on Dec. 6 in the township of Union.

Drunk driving accident statistics

Despite tightened drunk-driving laws in New Jersey and elsewhere, drunk drivers continue to get behind the wheels of their vehicles, seriously injuring and killing others by their wrongful actions each year. Despite the high risk to themselves as well as others, people unfortunately continue to drink and drive, making drunk driving a national public health issue.

Collision avoidance technology mandates

Safety on busy New Jersey roads is a major concern of motorists especially with regard to commercial vehicles that can do a lot of damage in the event of an accident. Unexpected conditions or actions of drivers can result in a serious accident, but technology exists that can aid drivers minimize the potential for wrecks. In many cases, the technologies in question are available for owners to request or to add to their vehicles, but they are not included as standard equipment.

Safety preparations before driving a motorcycle

Driving a motorcycle in New Jersey carries with it a certain amount of risk. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, fatal accidents are 30 times more likely to occur while operating a motorcycle than in a car. The reasons for this are relatively obvious, but the simple fact is that there are far fewer safety features such as seat belts and airbags on a bike. Fortunately, there are several preventative measures one can take to increase their safety while driving a motorcycle.

New Jersey Legislation Aims to Protect Nursing Home Residents

Making the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility can be incredibly difficult and emotional. It involves entrusting the daily care and well-being of an already vulnerable person to unknown individuals in an unfamiliar environment. The elderly, particularly those suffering from disease or disability, require a special level of attention and care. When a family makes the decision that a relative should enter one of these facilities, it is expected that the care they receive ensures their health and safety, especially given the high prices some of these facilities charge. Anything but the highest standard of care for these individuals can lead to degenerative health, permanent disability, or even death. Unfortunately, for many, and their loved ones, this happens all too often, forcing them to bring a nursing home negligence case against those responsible. 

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