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Drowsy driving and what to do about it

New Jersey residents who get less than seven hours of sleep, as well as those who work night shifts or who take certain medications, are at a high risk for drowsy driving. Drowsiness affects about half of all adult drivers in the U.S. according to the American Sleep Foundation, and 20 percent even admit to falling asleep behind the wheel. These figures should be alarming because fatigue triples one's chances of getting in a car crash.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that over 100,000 police-reported crashes involve drowsy driving annually. However, a study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests that the actual number may be triple that. It can be hard, after all, to detect drowsiness after a crash has already occurred.

Strategies to limit conflict with a co-parent after divorce

New Jersey divorces involving parents of minor children generally mean that the former spouses will have to continue their relationship on some level as co-parents. This could be challenging, especially if disagreements about child rearing contributed to the marital breakup. During the development of a written parenting plan, guidelines and procedures could be included that might improve communication about parenting duties and reduce the chances for arguments.

With children splitting their time between two households, parents should strive to establish the same rules for both homes. Consistent expectations for behavior at both homes could prevent arguments among divorced parents about what children are allowed to do.

The most dangerous industries to work in

Although most businesses and employers in New Jersey and elsewhere consider workplace safety to be an incredibly important goal, it can be difficult to actually achieve safety, especially when it comes to certain industries. Some industries just have more hazards than others, which can make creating a safe workplace difficult for employers in these particular industries.

The logging industry is considered to be the most dangerous job in the U.S. Per 100,000 full-time workers, there are 135.9 reported fatal work injuries. This comes out to a total number of 91 deaths in 2016. The fishing industry came in second with a fatal work injury rate of 86 per 100,000 workers and a total of 24 deaths. Flight engineers and pilots rounded out the top three with 55.5 fatal work injuries per 100,000 workers and a total of 75 deaths in 2016. Roofers also made the list with a fatal injury rate of 48.6 and 101 total deaths.

Safety week in September will focus on brakes

New Jersey drivers could be at risk of an accident involving a large truck with faulty brakes. According to the U.S Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there is a link between brake violations and crashes. A study found that trucks involved in a motor vehicle accident in which the truck's ability to brake was a cause had a 50 percent higher likelihood of a brake violation than trucks in crashes where braking was not a critical factor. Furthermore, almost 46 percent of trucks in accidents where braking was a factor had brake violations versus around 30 percent of trucks in accidents in which the brakes were not a factor.

The importance of brake safety will be highlighted during Brake Safety Week. This initiative, sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, will run from September 16 to 22 in the United States and Canada.

Dos and don'ts during divorce

When New Jersey couples divorce, both parties usually want to conclude the legal process as fast as possible. The reasons for wanting a quick divorce include the need to move on after the end of a marriage, to avoid high legal costs and to sever existing legal connections between the spouses.

Individuals who decide to divorce often don't realize that the period between filing the papers and receiving the final divorce decree may cause legal restrictions to be put on each party's behavior. This happens because the spouses, even when they have moved out of their homes, remain legally married during this time. For example, a person who provides health insurance to his or her spouse through a work policy will often be required to maintain that policy until a judge has granted the divorce.

UTIs are life-threatening in the elderly

One of the most common infections among those who are hospitalized for medical treatment is a urinary tract infection. Patients are especially vulnerable to UTIs when they require the use of a catheter during their stay. Catheters, like other invasive devices, have the potential for introducing bacteria into the body, particularly when medical professionals or facilities fail to follow protocol for hygiene and sterilization.

When the patient is elderly, the risk of contracting a UTI is even higher. If your loved one suffered from a UTI that went unchecked by a New Jersey hospital or nursing home staff, you likely have many questions, and you deserve answers.

Truck accidents commonly cause serious injuries

The thought of getting into a crash with a commercial truck terrifies most New Jersey drivers. Compared to a passenger vehicle, tractor-trailers are enormous. As a result, they can do significant damage. Studies have shown that up to 97 percent of victims killed in collisions between trucks and passenger vehicles were occupants of the passenger vehicle. The victims who do survive such crashes often suffer serious injuries.

Unfortunately, spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries are quite common in truck accidents. Spinal cord injuries occur when the spine is compressed or fractured, damaging the spinal cord. People who suffer this injury are at risk of paralysis, which requires a lifetime of expensive medical care. Traumatic brain injuries occur when a victim's skull is struck, pierced or violently shaken, causing brain tissue to suffer trauma. People who suffer this injury can experience memory problems, personality changes, depression, seizures and degenerative brain diseases.

Surgical errors can seriously affect patient health

Wrong-site, wrong-procedure and wrong-patient surgical errors can be some of the most serious hospital mistakes a patient in New Jersey can face. All three of these types of errors are known as "never events" in the medical profession, meaning that they should never take place and require serious interrogation into safety failures in the case of such an incident. These types of incidents include doctors performing surgery on the wrong body part, conducting the wrong procedure or carrying out an ordered procedure on the incorrect patient.

Because of the serious nature of surgical errors and the potential for long-term harm, these kinds of incidents can be particularly severe. For example, a patient may have a part of their body removed in order to remove a cancerous tumor. However, the body part on the opposite side may be removed instead of the affected part. Now, the patient's cancer has not been treated and a healthy body part was removed. In another example, a patient was given a heart surgery that she did not need; it was intended for a different patient with a similar last name.

Financial concerns when divorcing over 50

For older spouses in New Jersey considering divorce, there can be some important factors to keep in mind. Since the 1950s, the divorce rate for Americans over the age of 50 has doubled. This has led to major emotional and financial changes in the lives of many seniors.

Divorce can be a particularly significant concern for older women, many of whom let their husbands make the majority of financial decisions. According to a recent survey, 56 percent of current married women leave major decisions on household finances and investing in the hands of their husbands. This includes 61 percent of Millennial wives and 54 percent of baby boomer women. If anything, this trend is more prominent among wealthy Americans; the survey respondents included people with at least $250,000 to invest.

Proactive measures required for construction site safety

Construction workers in New Jersey should know what dangers they face on the job site and how they can be mitigated. The Center for Construction Research and Training, among other organizations, has found that construction site safety is lacking in key areas with many workers dying after getting caught in machinery or being struck by vehicles and falling objects.

The CPWR reported that between 2011 and 2015, there were more than 800 fatal struck-by accidents. Caught-between accidents also rose 33 percent in that five-year period, the most vulnerable being ironworkers, older workers and workers under 20. Though OSHA has developed a rule requiring employers to electronically report all employee injuries and illnesses, it awaits an amendment that will waive the requirement to send sensitive employee information.

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