The winter weather in New Jersey opens up the prospect of sledding, skiing, building snow forts, and other exciting adventures for the whole family. Yet a day of fun – or even a day at work – can turn into a tragedy in an instant if a slip and fall accident occurs. Slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries, or worse, result in permanent disability or death.

You can help protect yourself and others from slip and fall injuries this winter. Keep these tips in mind:
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Fair Haven Councilman Jerome Koch, 63, suffered fatal injuries when a car struck his bicycle. According to an news report, the fatal bicycle accident occurred on River Road near Elm Place in Fair Haven. He was pronounced dead the day after the crash at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. It is unclear what caused the crash, but it does not appear from the report that the driver will face citations for the crash.

Even skilled and experienced riders can suffer fatal injuries in the event of a crash. Bicyclists are simply not provided enough protection to survive a major collision. This is why all bicyclists would be well advised to:
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A 36-year-old Hillsborough man was killed in a New Jersey motorcycle accident when his 2008 BMW R12 collided with a deer. According to a news report, the fatal motorcycle crash occurred near the former Gibraltar Rock Quarry entrance on County Route 601 in Montgomery Township. Officials say he was ejected from his motorcycle after colliding with a deer. He was treated at the scene and admitted in extremely critical condition in New Brunswick. Later that day, he died from his injuries.

As the temperature begins to drop, we can expect an increase in the number of deer-related traffic accidents. In fact, autumn is when the most New Jersey deer accidents occur. Deer often act unpredictably during the fall as it is their mating season.
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Several people were injured at a New Jersey factory when a four-alarm blaze broke out following an explosion. According to a CBS New York news report, the factory accident occurred at Crest Foam Industries on Carol Place in Moonachie. Of the 17 employees in the factory, four were hospitalized with head injuries after the explosion. Officials worried that dangerous toxins may have been released into the air, but tests proved negative. An investigation is underway into the cause of the explosion, but officials know that workers were mixing hydrogen and oxygen to make polyurethane foam at the time of the accident.

Polyurethanes are a type of reaction polymer that is produced through chemical reactions. If water is present in the reaction mixture, it can create foam. Fully reacted polyurethane polymer is not considered dangerous, but it is a combustible solid that can be ignited. Furthermore, some polyurethane foam contain hazardous or regulated components.
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A 19-year-old Bridgewater man was killed in a New Jersey car accident when his 2005 Dodge Ram burst into flames after being struck by a 2015 Mack truck. According to a an Associated Press news report, the fatal truck accident occurred on Route 22 at Cramer Avenue in Green Brook. Officials say the pickup was stopped for a red light when the larger truck plowed into it. The teen’s pickup burst into flames, and he was fatally injured.

Whenever someone is killed in a New Jersey car accident, it must be determined who was at fault and how the crash could have been prevented. In many cases, the cause of the crash is driver error. A moment of distracted driving, for example, is all it takes for roadway and traffic conditions to change and for an accident to happen. Therefore, investigators will typically look into if the at-fault driver was distracted, speeding, impaired, fatigued or otherwise careless. Depending upon the results of the investigation, the driver may face traffic citations or even criminal charges.
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An 85-year-old woman was critically injured in a New Jersey car accident when a delivery van struck her and her grandson as they crossed the street. According to an Asbury Park Press news report, the pedestrian accident occurred on Newman Springs Road in Red Bank. Officials say the woman was walking with her 4-year-old grandson from Burger King to her home when the delivery van struck them. She was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in critical condition and her grandson was treated and released.
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After observing a number of fall hazards at three construction sites in Bloomfield, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) conducted a full investigation. According to an EHS Today news report, Concrete Systems Inc. now faces $52,470 in fines from the eight citations. OSHA officials cited the firm for one repeat and seven serious violations. The company was previously cited for exposing workers to fall and other hazards at worksites in Kearny and Cranford.

OSHA cited the firm because workers were allegedly exposed to a 25-foot fall hazard without adequate protection. The other serious violations were related to fall protection issues as well. Workers were even exposed to impalement risks from to rebar ends that were not guarded.
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Two women were killed and six others were injured in a New Jersey car accident involving a car and a truck. According to a news report in The New York Times, the fatal car accident occurred in the southbound lanes of the Garden State Parkway in Stafford Township. It is unclear from the report as to what led to the collision. The fatally injured women were in the front seat of the car. A boy and a girl, who were also passengers, were flown by helicopter to Atlantic City in serious condition. A man, a woman, a boy, and a girl in the pickup sustained relatively minor injuries. The investigation is ongoing.
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A 73-year-old Flanders man is in critical condition after he was injured in a New Jersey motorcycle accident. According to a news report in The New Jersey Herald, the motorcycle crash occurred on Route 206 near the Harmony Lodge in Andover Township. Officials say a 38-year-old woman stopped to turn left when her 2013 Ford Escape was struck in the rear by a 1999 BMW motorcycle. The rider was ejected, critically injured, and airlifted to a nearby hospital. The driver of the SUV was treated and released. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the crash.

Motorcycles provide little to no protection for their riders. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), if you are involved in a motorcycle accident, you have a 75 percent chance of being injured. In New Jersey, there are about 70 deaths and 2,000 injuries reported annually as a result of motorcycle accidents. Over half of these injury accidents occur at intersections, over two-thirds involve drivers who did not see the motorcyclist and the majority of them involve excessive speed.
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Summertime is a great time to get around New Jersey on your bike. You can stay fit, have fun, and save money. However, bicycling in New Jersey can prove dangerous if you are not careful. Make sure you always wear a helmet and exercise safe riding habits.

Here are a few tips to help you stay safe when riding this summer:

  • Increase your visibility. Under New Jersey law, all riders at night are required to have a front headlamp that emits a white light, a rear lamp with a red light, and a red rear reflector. Whether you are on your bike at night or during the day, you should wear bright clothes and put reflectors on your shoes, helmet, and bags.
  • Make sure motorists hear you. All New Jersey bicyclists are required to equip a bell or other audible device that can be heard at least 100 feet away.
  • Obey the rules of the road. Under New Jersey law, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as other motorists.
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