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Avoiding the "Fatal Four" on a construction site

Working in the construction industry in New Jersey can be extremely dangerous and, in some cases, deadly. The leading causes of construction worker fatalities are falls, electrocutions, being hit by an object or getting caught between objects. In the construction industry, these are known as the "Fatal Four."

You may be wondering what you can do to avoid one of the "Fatal Four" when you are working on a construction site. By understanding where the greatest risks are, you can take steps to stay safe on construction sites.

Seek prompt treatment after a brain injury

One of the most serious potential consequences of an auto accident is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Our fragile brains are contained within the strong bones of the skull and protected from harm. But if the skull gets penetrated in an accident or the brain is violently shaken within the skull, the injuries that result can be life-altering and permanently disabling.

During the car accident, your brain may have suffered trauma. Surviving the injury is your first hurdle, but there may be a long road to recovery ahead of you. Whatever the trajectory of your recovery, it starts with seeking immediate medical attention after your accident.

Staying safe on your bicycle commute

Bicycling's popularity is on the upswing. About 12.4 percent of Americans cycle on a regular basis and there were 47.5 million U.S. biker riders in 2017 alone. Biking is a fun, healthy and ecofriendly way to get around.

With cities around the country implementing new bike-sharing programs, it's become easier than ever to commute to work on a bike. Bicycling has a lot of advantages, but there is also a potential for danger. In 2016, 840 bicyclists died in traffic accidents. But taking precautions will help you mitigate risks and allow you to enjoy your ride.

Can walking the dog lead to a fractured hip?

Pet owners love their animals; they ensure their pets have the best life by feeding them, giving them attention and talking them out on daily walks. However, there is new evidence that a daily walk with a pet may put your hip at risk.

A recent study at the University of Pennsylvania found elderly dog owners are more likely to sustain severe injuries while walking their pets. Notably, the researchers found dog walking increases the risk for hip and upper arm fractures due to slipping and falling.

Struck by a car as a pedestrian? Here's what to do

Unfortunately, pedestrian fatality is on the rise. Even a simple walk down the street can prove dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a pedestrian is killed every two hours or injured every eight minutes in crashes with vehicles, a startling statistic.

Pedestrian safety in New Jersey

We all want to be safe when we're out walking. This time of year, shorter days mean it's harder to see-and be seen-when you're walking in the early morning or evening hours.

While the number of pedestrian deaths is down from 2017, New Jersey sees a high number of pedestrian fatalities. There were approximately 180 deaths in 2018, so both drivers and pedestrians need to be vigilant and aware when on the roadways.

What to consider for your PIP options

Personal injury protection (PIP) coverage is auto insurance that the state requires all drivers to have before they head out on the road. If you receive any injuries from a motor vehicle crash, this insurance covers medical care, any income you lost as a result and death benefits for your next of kin.

However, there are several different directions that this coverage can take. As a New Jersey motorist, it is imperative to know about your various options for PIP to determine how much your insurance will help you in an accident.

Understanding distracted driving laws in New Jersey

Even if you take as much safety precautions as possible while walking down the street or driving down the highway, all it takes is one driver's mistake to put you in a potentially fatal accident. Despite the laws in place, distracted driving contributes to thousands of crashes in the state.

Regardless, it is important to know what these laws are if someone crashes into you while distracted. This knowledge can help you find them liable in court and get you the compensation that you deserve.