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July 2017 Archives

Getting a mortgage or refinance after divorce

New Jersey residents who are getting a divorce might want to keep the family home or may want to buy a new one. However, after a divorce, their income and credit rating may be lower. This can create problems in refinancing the home or getting a mortgage from a lender. People who are unable to meet lenders' requirements might need someone to cosign in these circumstances.

Poor truck driver health linked to higher accident rates

Maintaining good health can be difficult for truck drivers in New Jersey and around the country. Spending most of the working day sitting behind the wheel of a semi-tractor trailer does not provide the body with much in the way of exercise, and many of the dishes offered at truck stops are not generally known for their nutritional value. The U.S. Department of Transportation assessed the health of the nation's long-haul truck drivers in 2014, and it found that commercial vehicle operators are more than twice as likely to be overweight, diabetic and cigarette smokers.

Seeking a modification to a child support order

When New Jersey parents split, one parent will likely be responsible for paying a certain amount in child support each month. This child support can be used by the children's primary caregiver to provide shelter, food, clothing and even entertainment for the children in addition to helping with other every day expenses.

Protective head gear used by construction workers

One of the major risks that New Jersey construction workers face is a potentially fatal traumatic brain injury caused by a fall or a falling object. They are required to wear special protective gear when they are working in areas that have these risks. However, some construction firms are looking to improve construction worker head protective gear to reduce the number of fatal traumatic brain injuries even further.

An increase in fatal truck accidents

The number of buses and large trucks involved in fatal collisions in New Jersey and around the country has been increasing steadily, and 2015 was particularly deadly according to figures from the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Administration. The agency has reported that 4,311 commercial large and buses were involved in fatal accidents in 2015, which represents an 8 percent year-over-year increase. The rate at which those vehicles were involved in deadly crashes per 100 million miles traveled also increased from 1.34 to 1.45 according to the report.

Tesla Model S struggles in IIHS crash safety tests.

New Jersey residents may know that many experts believe that autonomous vehicle technology could one day considerably reduce the frequency of automobile accidents caused by human error. Tesla has included many of the latest autonomous safety systems on its luxury Model S sedan, and its CEO Elon Musk is on record as saying that his company's flagship model is the safest car ever built. However, the Model S has struggled to live up to Musk's comments in tests designed to determine how cars, SUVs and pickup trucks perform in real-world accident situations.

Same-sex marriage trends following legalization

New Jersey residents may be aware that same-sex marriage became legal in late June, 2015, following a landmark ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court. Following this ruling, same-sex marriage became legal in all 50 states, including in 14 states that had not previously legalized gay marriage.

New Jersey teens with summer jobs may face injury dangers

Teenagers who work during the summer get exposure to more than just adult responsibilities. They also run the risk of adult dangers like getting hurt on the job. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says that many young workers are in harm's way due to circumstances like poor supervision, subpar safety training and equipment that isn't safe.

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