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July 2018 Archives

How do many delivery drivers get injured?

Delivery drivers are at risk for many types of injuries, whether they deliver heavy packages, pizzas or other items. One obvious source of these injuries is vehicle crashes. After all, drivers spend a lot of time on the road, and all the professional training in the world may not compensate for other drivers who are careless or distracted.

Asbestos and its underestimated role in occupational disease

Previous estimates from the World Health Organization and the International Health Organization state that asbestos-related diseases cause 105,000 to 110,000 deaths every year worldwide. New Jersey residents who work around asbestos should know that these are far off the mark. A new study from the International Commission of Occupational Health states that the actual number may be double that of previous estimates.

Statistics indicate the cars responsible for most crash injuries

With more cars and trucks on the road, vehicle crash fatality rates have been increasing in New Jersey and throughout the country. As a general rule, smaller cars and trucks tend to fare worse as it relates to vehicle safety scores while heavier trucks and SUVs tend to do better. The Highway Loss Data Institute compiled data from vehicles that were made in model years 2014 to 2016.

Travelers notes rise in distracted driving in summer

New Jersey residents who are planning to take a road trip this summer should be aware of one particular danger: distracted driving. Back in June, the Travelers Institute hosted its Every Second Matters™ symposium on Capitol Hill as a way to raise awareness of distracted driving, pointing to recent research to show how it increases during the summer.

Pedestrian crashes linked to distracted driving

New Jersey pedestrians may face increased dangers on the roadways, especially as distracted driving becomes even more common. Engineers have pointed out that a number of safety features have been introduced into vehicles over the years that should make pedestrians safer as well as drivers. These include lowering car bumpers and adding space under vehicle hoods to provide greater cushion around the engine. However, despite these changes to car engineering, pedestrians are increasingly dying due to severe motor vehicle crashes. Since 2009, fatalities in pedestrian accidents have risen by 46 percent.