Earlier this week, we wrote about a recent study indicating that teenage drivers are more likely to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs on New Year's Eve than on any other holiday or event. That study also reported that teenagers would refrain from driving drunk if one of their passengers asked them too.
For many people, New Year's Eve is a fun, exciting night. It is the culmination not only of the holiday season but of the year, and the start of a new year and a clean slate. Therefore, it is understandable that many celebrate New Year's Eve by partying with friends, raising a glass of champagne at midnight to toast the new year.
Earlier this week, we discussed the troubling fact that few hospitals regularly perform autopsies on deceased patients today. In teaching hospitals, which have a mission of educating young medical professionals, the autopsy rate is currently around 20 percent. Private and community hospitals, which make up about 80 percent of such facilities in New Jersey and throughout the U.S., rarely conduct autopsies.
If a member of your family suddenly and inexplicably passed away at a hospital or medical facility, you would certainly want to know the reason for his or her death. However, in most hospitals today, that most likely won't be an option. This is because many health care facilities have phased out autopsies almost completely, largely due to cost and apprehension about medical malpractice or wrongful death lawsuits being filed against them.
Earlier this year, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended that state lawmakers enact bans of cell phone use in semi trucks, buses, and other commercial vehicles. Now, the NTSB has expanded its previous recommendation, asking for a universal ban of cell phone use of any kind in every vehicle on the road. This will hopefully reduce and ultimately eliminate car accidents caused by distracted driving, officials say.
Later this week, the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee is scheduled to hear a bill which, if passed, will significantly increase the potential fines to automakers who delay automobile recalls for any reason. The bill also aims to toughen safety requirements for car manufacturers and commercial bus companies in the wake of several fatal car and bus accidents that have taken place in recent months.
During the cold winter months, there are few things more comforting than a hot cup of soup. But that comfort can quickly turn to agony when the cup tips over, spilling hot soup on your hands, arms, and torso. Unfortunately, that is a fairly common occurrence in popular instant soup products, which come in unstable Styrofoam cups that are prone to tipping over.
As winter approaches in Bergen County, it likely won't be long before the roads are covered with snow and ice. Traffic safety agencies do all they can to warn motorists of unsafe driving conditions on New Jersey roads, but there is only so much they can do to prevent winter weather-related car accidents, injuries, and fatalities.
Several slip-and-fall injuries and violent attacks were reported in a number of stores in New Jersey and throughout the nation on Black Friday. These events caused potential premises liability to retail stores and injury to numerous shoppers desperate for a great retail deal. One attack involved a woman who allegedly pepper sprayed fellow Wal-Mart shoppers as she attempted to grab an Xbox game console that was on discount.
Numerous recent studies have concluded that car accidents are one of the leading causes of death for teenagers. As a result, state and federal traffic safety agencies have been working to lower the risk of car accident injuries and fatalities to teenage drivers by increasing the driving experience and skill that is required to get a driver's license.