Atlantic City & Cape May Personal Injury Law Firm Newsletters

New Law Requires Four Feet Distance Between a Passing Vehicle and a “Vulnerable User”

New Jersey recently passed a new law requiring passing motorists to give four feet of clearance to any “vulnerable user,” which includes pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders, and people riding electric scooters. Twenty-three other states have already passed similar legislation in what seems to be a growing national trend towards recognizing the traffic rights of non-motorists. Assemblywoman Stender of Middlesex, New Jersey sponsored the bill. Hopefully, the bill will raise New Jersey’s ranking from the 12th most bike friendly state back to its previous position as seventh or higher. The drop in ranking was a result of taking so long to pass such a bill. How Can Motorists Appropriately Gauge a Safe Passing Distance? The bill uses four feet as the minimum passing distance because standard traffic lanes in New Jersey are 12 feet wide. Most other states have a minimum passing distance of three feet. New Jersey’s variation on the bill…
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When Fun Turns to Tragedy: Amusement Park Accidents

Amusement rides should safely deliver fun and excitement, but sometimes fun turns dangerous. Last August, for example, five people suffered injuries at Morey’s Mariner’s Landing Pier in Wildwood, N.J., when a decorative mast broke on a pirate-themed ride called the Sea Dragon. Also last June, a man sustained serious injuries at Silverwood Theme Park in Athol, Idaho, when he fell onto roller coaster tracks while trying to board the Corkscrew. Workers too can be injured by amusement rides. For instance, a 25-year-old ride operator was seriously injured at the West Virginia State Fair when a fast-moving gondola on a ride called the Speed struck him as he walked through a restricted area. Millions of people visit U.S. amusement parks every year. In fact, according to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), approximately 290 million people visited U.S. amusement facilities in 2010, enjoying 1.7 billion rides. That year,…
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Preventing Workplace Injuries: Tips from Atlantic City Injury Lawyers

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded 2,986,500 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in the private sector in 2011. In the construction industry alone, there were 184,700 injuries. It is important for employers to take all necessary steps to create a safe work environment, including providing regular safety training to employees. When an employee sustains an injury on the job, he or she may be entitled to workers’ comp and possibly damages from the employer if negligence was involved. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries at work, an experienced Atlantic City injury attorney can protect your legal rights and fight for the compensation you need and deserve. Fall-Related Injuries According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 225,550 workplace injuries in 2011 involved falls, slips or trips. Below are some tips for preventing fall-related injuries in the workplace: Immediately clean up spills Keep walkways clear of debris…
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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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