In New Jersey and elsewhere, distracted driving is a major, dangerous problem. The problem only seems to be getting worse as more drivers have access to smartphones and in-vehicle technology, such as the internet and apps. While many drivers, including truck drivers, do not believe that using their smartphones while driving is dangerous, drivers who are distracted are more likely to cause accidents.
There are probably many people in New Jersey who work in conditions where they can be exposed to asbestos. Several international organizations have estimated that 105,000 to 110,000 deaths are caused every year by this toxic mineral. However, a recent study from the International Commission of Occupational Health shows that the actual number may be twice as high.
It is a commonly accepted fact that semitrucks serve an important purpose in our society. The Department of Transportation notes that between 2012 and 2040, the number of freight-ton miles that are carried by trucks will increase by around 43 percent. This is a sign that the economy is improving and moving forward, but this increase might spell disaster for others on the roads.
Commercial truck accidents are some of the most serious imaginable, leaving the occupants of passenger vehicles with catastrophic injuries or killing them outright. What's even worse is that commercial truck drivers tend to be the most vulnerable to drowsiness behind the wheel. New Jersey motorists have good reason to be wary around large trucks, as the following will show.
Meat workers in New Jersey and across the nation face serious on-the-job risks every day. For example, amputations, fractures, head trauma and second-degree burns are common weekly occurrences in the industry. Even so, the government is considering speeding up pig processing lines, which could make some jobs more hazardous.
During the summer months, there is an increase in bicycle traffic partly due to people wanting to get out and enjoy the weather. All drivers have to be aware of this and keenly watch for bicyclists on the road.
Commercial motor vehicle drivers in New Jersey should know about Brake Safety Week, an annual brake inspection spree held by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. While the 2017 spree lasted a day, this year the CVSA has returned to a weeklong scheme, and it will be conducting mostly Level I inspections. These are 37-step inspections covering both vehicle mechanical fitness and driver operating requirements.
As a mail carrier, you know that dogs often react aggressively whenever you approach the house. You are used to hearing them bark, paw at the window and jump up against the door. It often happens before you even get to the house, as if the dogs are just sitting and waiting for you to come up the sidewalk.