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Pickups safer than some other vehicle types, study shows

New Jersey residents who drive pickups, SUVs and minivans may be safer than motorists in some other types of vehicles, according to a new study. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that per million pickups registered, there were 26 driver fatalities. This was below the average of 30 driver fatalities per million registered vehicles and well below the figure for cars of 39 fatalities per million.

Blood pump controller malfunctions

Some New Jersey residents may be among those affected by issues with the HeartMate II LVAS Pocket System Controller. After reports of 26 deaths and 19 injuries, the Thoratec Corporation and Abbott Laboratories are recalling the device. Almost 29,000 devices have been removed from the market in what the Food and Drug Administration has classified as the most serious kind of recall.

Defensive driving techniques to avoid a motorcycle collision

Motorcyclists face a much larger risk of death and injury in a traffic accident, but many of these crashes can be avoided by New Jersey motorists who practice defensive driving techniques. Along with improving safety, drivers practicing these habits can reduce frustration, prevent delays and possibly avoid costly increases in insurance premiums.

Pedestrian deaths on the rise in America

New Jersey residents may be interested to hear the results of a study by the Governors Highway Safety Association that found that 5,997 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in 2016, which was an 11 percent increase from 2015. It was also the deadliest year for pedestrians since 1996. The 2016 data is a part of an upward trend that saw pedestrian deaths increase by 12 percent from 2006 to 2015.

Research shows an increase in motorcycle fatalities

The roads in New Jersey and throughout the U.S. may be getting more dangerous for motorcyclists, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While the overall injuries resulting from accidents involving motorcyclists are down, there has been an increase in fatalities.

Self-driving trucks: A new day for technology and personal injury

New Jersey highways are some of the most congested on the East Coast, laden with trucks and trailers pulling all forms of cargo to and from ports, farms, warehouses and retailers. Drivers may soon have to contend with a new type of truck, one that is autonomous.

Poultry workers among most likely to get hurt

New Jersey residents may be interested to hear that chicken and poultry processing workers are among the most likely to suffer a severe injury on the job. This is according to a report from the National Employment Law Project. The report was based on severe injury data reported to OSHA between January 2015 and September 2016. Overall, poultry processing workers suffered 180 severe injuries during this period, which ranked 12th in employer severe injury reporting.

Identifying distracted driving as a factor in crashes

Authorities in New Jersey might eventually have a tool to identify distracted driving caused by cellphone usage. In the past, this has been difficult to establish, but now a device, informally called a textalyzer, is in development. The device could change the way police are able to establish when a driver had been using a cellphone illegally just prior to a crash.

Lead exposure in the workplace

Lead remains a valuable metal in many different New Jersey industries, including manufacturing and construction. However, it can cause neurological and reproductive harm if a person is exposed to too much of it. Even though the hazards have been well-documented, there are workers who are not properly protected against exposure.