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January 2018 Archives

NHTSA wants to stop drugged driving

The opioid crisis and increased legalization of marijuana have led to increased concern over drugged driving in New Jersey and throughout the U.S. That's why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is trying to combat the issue. As part of its effort, the agency is hosting a summit that starts on March 15.

A parenting plan can help to resolve conflicts

For New Jersey parents who are going through a divorce, dealing with matters related to their children can be some of the most emotional and challenging aspects. The best interests of the children should be paramount for both parties, even when it is extremely difficult for the divorcing spouses to see eye-to-eye on other matters. Absent a context of abuse, it is critical for children's emotional development to retain their close relationship with both of their parents.

Keep timelines in mind after a car crash

Car accidents happen all too frequently to New Jersey drivers; keeping safe behind the wheel is a major priority every time one sets out to drive. However, when a driver does experience a collision, whether due to a drunk driver, distracted driver or other roadway situation, he or she may be concerned about next steps even while handling medical emergencies and the immediate problems with their vehicles. There are some timelines for drivers to keep in mind for reporting their accidents to car insurance and following up with any necessary legal actions.

First responders may discourage reporting of domestic violence

A recent study focused on emergency medical personnel indicates that a large percentage of first responders believe victims are at least partially responsible for incidents of domestic violence. Reporting published in the Journal of Legal and Forensic Medicine confirms that medical workers are not immune to widely believed myths concerning domestic violence. Since emergency personnel are often the first contact for victims, their skepticism could have a chilling effect on the reporting of crimes.

Airbag death prompts Ford to recall 2006 Rangers

Ford Motor Company has issued a recall for an estimated 2,900 Ranger pickup trucks in the U.S. and Canada after hearing reports that a defective Takata airbag inflator killed a Ranger driver in West Virginia. New Jersey motorists may remember that Takata was previously the subject of the largest auto recall in U.S. history.

Divorce and selling the family home

Going through a divorce is often stressful, but New Jersey couples who have to sell their home as well may find it particularly unsettling. One website reports that the family home is sold in 61 percent of all divorces. In some instances, one spouse is able to buy out the other spouse, but this is not possible in many cases.

How teens can stay safe on motorcycles

Whether a motorcyclist is riding in New Jersey or elsewhere in the U.S., the risks remain the same. Motorcycle riders are more likely to face traumatic brain injuries and fatalities than car drivers. The risks are even higher for teens. Teenage motorcyclists file 5.7 more accident claims than motorcyclists between the ages of 35 and 50.

After child support dispute, company sues Mel Gibson's ex

New Jersey fans of actor Mel Gibson might also have followed his disputes with his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. Grigorieva hired a forensic accounting firm to help her get more child support for the daughter she and Gibson share. As a result, Gibson pays $22,500 per month in child support.

OSHA and NAWIC work to protect female construction workers

More women are choosing to work in the New Jersey construction industry, and they face unique safety concerns as compared to their male coworkers. Because of these unique risks, it is important for companies to have programs in place that are focused on minimizing the potential harms that are faced by women.

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