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When the weather starts to warm up, it’s natural for people to begin venturing outside in increasing numbers to take advantage of the sunshine. As a result, the roads get busier. This is why May is the perfect month to recognize motorcycle safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 4,976 motorcyclist fatalities in 2015, which is up 8% from the previous year. Without the framework of a car around them to absorb any impact from a crash, riders are left completely exposed, putting them at high risk for serious injuries or death.
As a recap of May’s Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and a reminder to drivers and motorcyclists to exercise extreme caution year-round, the attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., provide the following tips for sharing the road safely. Read the rest »
In an effort to increase citizen safety, the National Safety Council has declared June to be National Safety Month. The organization runs an annual campaign that focuses on a variety of topics to improve awareness for best safety practices at home, work, and on the road. Every year, preventable incidents result in serious injuries and claim the lives of many. By actively seeking ways to be safer in their everyday actions, people can significantly reduce the risk of this happening to themselves or someone they love. Read the rest »
According to the American Heart Association, the rate of obesity in American children more than tripled between 1971 and 2011. Today, about one out of every three American children or teens is overweight or obese. This growing epidemic of childhood obesity and its potential health consequences prompted former Surgeon General Richard Carmona to say, “Because of the increasing rates of obesity, unhealthy eating habits, and physical inactivity, we may see the first generation that will be less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.” Read the rest »
Spring has sprung and we’ve said goodbye to the harsh New Jersey winter. This change in the weather has happened just in time for National Bike to Work Week, May 15th through the 19th. Bike to Work Week is part of National Bike Month and it culminates with National Bike to Work Day on Friday of this week (the 19th). Read the rest »
As avid bicyclists, the attorneys at New Jersey’s Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., are excited that May is National Bike Month. National Bike Month was established in 1956 and is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists. National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and to showcase the many benefits of bicycling, both to the rider and the environment. This year’s events include Bike to Work Week, May 15th through the 19th; Bike to School Day, May 10th; and Bike to Work Day, May 19th. Read the rest »
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.
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