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Many motorcycle owners were dismayed by the recent news of the recall of nearly 24,000 Indian Motorcycles for what is being described as fuel leak problems that could lead to fires. The defect has been attributed to a faulty fuel rail manufactured by Polaris Industries, which has been plagued by recall issues over the past two years.
Polaris has recalled more than 252,000 vehicles of various types since 2015 for defects that have been responsible for 160 fires and at least one death. The recalls and repairs, not to mention the accidents, have angered, inconvenienced, and, in the worst cases, injured or killed Polaris customers.
The new year is a time for resolutions, promises we make to ourselves to lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. For New Jersey drivers, no 2017 pledge would be more impactful than agreeing not to drive while distracted.
There is no other way to say it: distracted driving kills. Check out these statistics put out by the New Jersey Department of Law and Safety.
- Nationwide, in 2014, an estimated 431,000 people were injured in accidents involving a distracted driver.
- In New Jersey, distracted driving contributed to nearly 800,000 motor vehicle crashes from 2010 to 2014.
- 10% of the drivers under age 20 involved in fatal crashes were distracted at the time of the accident.
- Frighteningly, at any given daylight moment across the United States, approximately 660,000 drivers are using an electronic device while driving.
- Headset cell phone use is not significantly safer than hand-held use.
Every year, distracted driving becomes more and more of a problem on New Jersey roadways. With the continued advancements in mobile technology, and with the increasing popularity of social media and communication apps like Snapchat, the temptations to look at your cell phone while driving become ever greater, whether it’s to take a photo, send or receive a message, or even record a video.
In 2014 alone, over 3,000 fatalities were recorded, and 431,000 people were injured in motor vehicle accidents as a result of distracted drivers. State laws have been passed across the country forbidding the use of cell phones while operating a motor vehicle, yet people continue to send text messages and check their social media accounts while driving. This poses a serious risk to the drivers themselves and everyone who is sharing the road with them.
Mountain bikes are expensive pieces of equipment, and cyclists depend on the quality of their manufacturing. If something goes wrong while riding, cyclists are at risk of serious injury or even death. Shock absorbers are a critical component of mountain bikes that ensure a smooth ride on difficult terrain.
The recent news of a Fox Factory recall highlights the problems that can be caused by faulty bicycle equipment. The defective parts do not affect one brand or model of bicycle, but every company that uses Fox shock absorbers.
When a consumer suffers an accident because of a poorly designed or manufactured piece of equipment, it can often be difficult to determine the liable party. That is because the manufacturers of complicated machines such as a bicycle rely on components from a multitude of vendors. If one of those components fails, it might be the fault of the individual vendor, the factory where it was assembled, or the company that designed the part in the first place.
When it comes to winter, one of the most popular pastimes is window shopping. City and town centers all over New Jersey will be decorated, and shops and malls will be offering exciting deals. Unfortunately, the rise in shoppers comes with an increase in pedestrian accidents, and what should be a time of happiness and cheer can too often turn tragic.
The facts about pedestrian injuries and fatalities in this country are shocking. In 2013, 4,735 pedestrians were killed in traffic incidents in the United States, meaning on average one crash-related pedestrian death every 2 hours. On top of that, more than 150,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency rooms for non-fatal crash-related injuries in 2013.
Sadly, the elderly and children under the age of 14 are most at risk. Pedestrians aged 65 and older accounted for 19% of all pedestrian deaths and an estimated 10% of all injuries in 2013. At the same time, one in every five children under the age of 14 who was killed in a traffic crash was a pedestrian.
With the winter months among us, many families will enjoy preparing home-cooked meals and baked goods they can share with friends and loved ones. You might look forward to cooking traditional recipes that have been handed down in your family for generations or perhaps you are making a plate of goodies to share with coworkers and neighbors. Whatever the case, the one thing you aren’t expecting is to suffer a burn injury because of a defective appliance or other cause.
Recently, it seems a spate of news stories highlighting exploding devices have been making the rounds. Everything from smart phones to washing machines to blenders have been the cause, to the point where it can be difficult to feel safe in our own homes.
This time of year is a time for family gatherings, homecomings, and reunions of friends and loved ones. That also means that this is a time of heavy travel, with people often driving long distances. The streets and highways of New Jersey will be filled with winter revelers as they return home or attend celebrations.
The increased traffic, combined with the inclement weather that is typical of this time of year, leads to a significant spike in the number of accidents and collisions. If you want to avoid having your holidays ruined by a tragic car accident, it’s imperative that you take extra precautions as you hit the roadways this year.
Unfortunately, no matter how safe a driver you are, sometimes accidents happen anyway. Determining whether an auto collision was purely an accident caused by severe winter conditions or was the fault of another party can be difficult and a number of factors come into play when deciding who was liable.
The winter season is a hectic time for everyone. Whether you are running around doing last minute shopping, meeting friends for drinks, or attending parties, this is a time filled with fun and engaging activities. The last thing you want to have on your mind is worrying about personal safety.
Unfortunately, especially in New Jersey, this is a season of extreme weather. Whether it’s snow, ice, sleet, or wind, New Jersey has seen it all. Complicating the situation, businesses are often understaffed this time of year, while municipal workers will also be taking extra time off.
Needless to say, 2016 was one whirlwind of a year with its highs, lows, and everything in-between. With the New Year almost upon us, we at Lependorf & Silverstein wanted to take some time to reflect on the things we were most thankful for this year.
I am thankful for Mother Nature and our great nation’s national parks – all of which, really, are national treasures – and all that they have to offer:
“Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”
—John Muir, Our National Parks
– David Silverstein
The holidays are a time for families to celebrate together, especially families with young children. Lifelong memories can be created and traditions are passed on from generation to generation. Unfortunately, some families found the holidays to be a time to fear for the safety of their children. This may have been due to the discovery of the potential risks of injury or worse due to defective and poorly designed toys the children received over the holiday season.
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