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June 2015 Archives

New technology could prevent truck accidents

New Jersey drivers who hate being stuck behind big trucks may one day be able to pass them more safely and get on their way faster, thanks to new technology that has been tested in Argentina by electronics giant Samsung. It is designed to give drivers a better view of the road in front of the rig, showing when the road is clear to pass, a boon to drivers who often encounter large trucks on two-lane roads.

NIOSH finds that temp workers are more likely to suffer injuries

The National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety highlighted research in a blog post on June 16 about the frequency of injuries and claims among temporary workers. New Jersey residents might be surprised to learn that about 17 million people worked as temporary employees in 2013, and they are twice as likely to suffer severe injuries at work than part- and full-time workers.

Divorce of same-sex couple validated by Texas court

Same-sex couples in New Jersey enjoy the right to state-sanctioned marriage, but those same marriages may face legal challenges should the couple move. A same-sex divorce in Texas highlights the problem even as the state failed to prevent the procession of the divorce. The final decision, handed down by the Texas Supreme Court, took four years, which could feel like an eternity for a same-sex separation involving conflict, property division and child custody issues.

OSHA crackdown could impact New Jersey patients

Due to the high number of workplaces injuries in the health care industry, OSHA has decided to continue its National Emphasis Program on Nursing and Residential Care Facilities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 6.6 percent of workers were involved in nonfatal accidents or fell ill while working in a hospital. That number jumped to 7.6 percent while working in a residential or nursing care facility. It is well above the 3.4 percent average of all private industries in general.

The NTSB speaks out on collision avoidance systems

The National Transportation Safety Board is once again urging car manufacturers to standardize the inclusion of crash avoidance systems in all commercial and passenger vehicles. The federal agency has made repeated calls for the standardization of these features, but it is suggested that a lack of incentives and insufficient public awareness has hindered acceptance of these suggestions.

Safety worker injured in racing accident

New Jersey car racing fans may have heard that on May 30, a safety worker was injured following the end of a race that was taking place at Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan. The accident, which occurred after the completion of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship, left the worker with broken ribs and a collapsed lung, among other injuries.

How child support law works versus how the law is viewed

Some New Jersey parents who are required to pay child support may feel that the formulas that are used to calculate the payment amounts are unfair. In a recent study, researchers at Arizona State University examined the responses and opinions regarding child support laws, alimony and child custody of groups of people in both Arizona and England. The researchers had the participants review specific cases and grant a certain amount of child support as if they were the presiding judge. The amounts earned by both the father and mother were adjusted to determine how the participant adjusted the child support that they would award the custodial parent.

FedEx driver liable for accident that left 10 dead

New Jersey residents may be interested to learn that, on May 22, it was announced that a motor vehicle accident that occurred in Northern California was deemed by a California Highway Patrol Accident to have been caused by a FedEx driver. According to the authorities, the crash between the FedEx truck and a bus, which occurred on April 5, 2014, left 10 people dead, five of whom were students from the Los Angeles area.

Judge orders Kelly Rutherford's children back to U.S.

New Jersey television fans may be interested to learn that a Los Angeles judge has ordered actress Kelly Rutherford's ex-husband to return the couple's two children to her custody in the United States. The children, ages 6 and 8, have been living with their father overseas for a number of years.