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Age and speed are factors in pedestrian fatalities

People in New Jersey and throughout the country are more likely to survive being hit by a car as a pedestrian if they are young and the car is traveling slowly. According to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, lowering the speed at which cars travel can significantly reduce pedestrian deaths. Above 20 mph, the changes of pedestrian deaths begin to multiply significantly. A person who is hit by a car going 30 mph is 70 percent likely to die than a person hit by a car going 25 mph.

New Jersey workers in many occupations face deadly hazards

Figures from 2014 about fatal on-the-job accidents have been released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Its final figures for its Census of Fatal Occupation Injuries placed logging highest on the list of deadly occupations. Workers in the fishing industry experienced the second highest rate of fatal workplace incidents with 80.8 workers per 100,000 dying in 2014.

Facts and safety tips for New Jersey pedestrians

Taking walks can be a healthy exercise. However, pedestrians walking near roadways face the risk of being hit and injured or killed by a vehicle. In fact, in 2013, about 4,700 pedestrians around the country died in a traffic-related crash and more than 156,000 suffered serious injuries.

The truth about motorcycle operation in New Jersey

It may seem as if riders wear leather and ride big bikes to be cool. However, leather is worn for insulation protection and big bikes are only suitable for experienced drivers. Inexperienced riders who attempt to ride a bike that weighs 700 pounds or more may find that they cannot maneuver through tight turns or even stay upright. There are also several myths related to operating a motorcycle that could compromise rider safety.

How self-driving cars may change the insurance industry

Some New Jersey motorists who have been following the development of self-driving cars might wonder if they will need to have insurance on the vehicles. Self-driving cars may change the auto insurance industry, but they are unlikely to put an end to it.

Worker injuries and fatalities still a major hurdle for employers

Although there have been many major improvements when it comes to worker safety since the labor movement, New Jersey employees are still at risk for workplace injuries and fatalities. While injuries and fatalities should continue to decline, the U.S. Department of Labor found that the number of fatal injuries actually increased in 2014.

Truck accident injuries rise as fatalities fall

Sophisticated technology and innovative safety features have helped to make the roads of New Jersey safer in recent years. A Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration report reveals that the number of truck accident injuries surged by 21 percent in 2014 from the preceding year while the number of trucks involved in fatal accidents dipped by 5 percent, and the agency believes that accident avoidance systems and lane control features are largely responsible. A representative of the federal safety agency said that this kind of technology often makes accidents survivable even when it fails to prevent them altogether.

Preventing worker deaths in New Jersey

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the workplace fatality rate rose in 2014, which represents the first increase since 2010. Furthermore, the total number of deaths was the highest since 2008. The vast majority of those who were killed were between the ages of 45 and 64, and males made up a majority of those who died.

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