Atlantic City & Cape May Personal Injury Law Firm Newsletters

Construction Accidents and Injuries

With all its heavy equipment, machines, ladders and scaffolding, it is no surprise that the construction industry has one of the highest worker injury rates of any industry. Many factors contribute to construction accidents, including untrained workers, poor site conditions and unsafe equipment. Injuries range from falls, burns, electrocution, exposure to asbestos and toxic chemicals and even death. Construction workers depend on their employers for a safe work site. Despite regulation from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), thousands of workers suffer severe and fatal injuries every year on construction sites. Preventing Construction Injuries The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 governs workplace safety and OSHA enforces its regulations. According to OSHA, one in ten construction workers suffers injuries each year, with falls being the leading injury Workers between the ages of 25 and 34 are most likely to suffer injuries on-site Most construction site injuries involve workers’…
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Keeping Teen Drivers Safe: Our Atlantic City Injury Attorneys Discuss Graduated Driver Licensing Programs

Motor vehicle accidents continue to be the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. Studies show that teens have a higher risk of being involved in a car accident than any other age group. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are about three times more likely to be involved in a fatal car crash than drivers ages 20 and older. Several factors contribute to teens having a higher crash risk than other age groups, such as underestimating or failing to recognize dangerous situations and being more likely to speed or to follow too closely. And certain factors — being male, driving with passengers, driving under the influence of alcohol and being newly licensed — can increase a teen’s crash risk even more: In 2010, male drivers and passengers between the ages of 16 and 19 died in…
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When Elevators Malfunction

It is hard to imagine a time when elevators were not a part of everyday life. Early elevators were hand operated and had limited machinery to operate them. Modern elevators have more safeguards, but they are just as likely to malfunction and injure the occupants. It is imperative that elevators pass frequent inspections and meet stringent regulations. Every year, an Atlantic City injury lawyer represents people injured in elevator accidents. Elevator Accidents and Injuries Many victims of elevator accidents are the workers responsible for their safety. According to the U.S. Labor Department’s Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries: Elevator maintenance workers and people who work in office buildings represent half of the annual elevator-related fatalities Half of those deaths are from falls in the elevator shaft 53 percent of occupational-related elevator deaths occur during installation or repair, 17 percent occur during work in the shaft or car and 30 percent occur…
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Improvements in Side Airbags

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced new side airbag regulations in January 2011 that are intended to reduce the number of people killed in rollover accidents in the United States. Each year, more than 10,000 people die in the 280,000 rollover crashes that occur in the U.S. According to the NHTSA, 64 percent of rollover deaths involve partial or complete ejection from the vehicle. Side airbags can block a person from being ejected through a vehicle’s windows. The new regulations will require vehicle manufacturers to improve the effectiveness of side airbags in preventing occupant ejection. If the improved side airbags successfully reduce the incidence of occupant ejection during rollover crashes, there should be a corresponding decrease in the number of rollover deaths. Unfortunately, no regulation can prevent all traffic fatalities and injuries. If you or a loved one has been seriously hurt in a car wreck caused by…
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