As convenient as rideshares like Uber might be, they encourage inexperienced people to sign on as drivers – which is why you should know what to do if you’re hurt in an Uber car accident. When companies have unskilled and underinsured drivers serving as part-time taxis, many things can go wrong. Which is why when someone is injured in a rideshare, due to someone else’s negligence, the company should be held accountable.
Uber states that the company does not employ any drivers. They call their drivers “partner drivers” to minimize the company’s vulnerability to risk. Should these rideshares be taking more precautions? Isn’t the parent organization accountable for their approved drivers? Shouldn’t “parent drivers” take more steps to ensure the safety and well-being of their passengers and others on the road?
At Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman, our experienced New Jersey personal injury attorneys believe the answer to all of the above questions is an unequivocal “Yes.”
Uber Insurance Coverage
If a driver is working as a taxi or limo service, they may need more insurance than the average driver. Many rideshare drivers do not obtain the extra insurance — if you are injured in an accident caused by a taxi or Uber driver — you may not have enough insurance coverage to pay for damages caused by your injuries.
Uber Accident Claims
If you or a loved have been injured in a rideshare accident, there are some steps you should take after the collision.
The first step is to call 9-1-1 and seek proper medical care. Because some injuries are not immediately apparent, waiting to see a medical professional may cause further injury that could have been avoided with immediate treatment.
The second step, if you’ve been in an uber accident, is dealing with all the pain and suffering that is mounting long after an accident. You can only fight for what you can legally prove, which is why you should immediately go to the hospital if you have been involved in a rideshare accident.
The laws around Transportation Network Companies are constantly changing. In order to navigate the complexities of rideshare accidents, it is essential to contact a dedicated New Jersey personal injury law firm like Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman. Call for your free consultation and let us fight for you.
It’s almost time for 4th of July celebrations, and this means fireworks, barbecuing, journeys to the lake, and enjoying the company of your friends and family. Independence Day is always a holiday to look forward to, but make sure you’re taking steps to stay safe during your celebrations.
Here are a few easy 4th of July safety tips to make sure your holiday festivities are safe for the whole family.
Grilling Safety Tips
When thinking about the Fourth of July, you can almost smell the burgers and hot dogs browning on the grill. Grilling out is a fabulous way to make food while hanging out on the porch with your loved ones. But, before you pull out the grill, make sure you refresh your memory with a few important grilling safety tips.
Follow the manufacturer’s directions when lighting the fire.
Make sure you’re always using propane/charcoal grills outside to avoid house fires.
Set your grill at least 12 feet away from your house, garage or other buildings.
Keep your grill clean! Oil and fat buildup on the rack or the trays below the grill can quickly catch fire if not maintained.
After cooking on a gas grill, make sure you entirely close the propane valve.
Keep pets and children away from the hot grill.
Firework Safety Tips
Fireworks on the 4th of July are a beautiful long-standing tradition that many people look forward to all year. While they may be pleasant to look at, fireworks can also be dangerous if you don’t know how to use them correctly. Follow these firework 4th of July safety tips before buying or using consumer fireworks.
Make sure it is legal to use fireworks in your neighborhood.
Never allow children to light fireworks/sparklers without proper adult supervision.
Have a good amount of water on hand in case of an accidental fire.
Wear proper safety equipment when setting off fireworks at home.
Only use fireworks and sparklers outdoors.
Don’t attempt to relight a firework that did not ignite properly.
Don’t dismantle fireworks or try to make your own fireworks.
Correctly dispose of fireworks by soaking them down and placing them in a metal trash container after use.
Avoid allowing pets around firework displays.
Swimming Safety Tips
As the weather heats up, the trips to the pool, the lake, and the beach increase too! While swimming is a great way to keep cool and have fun, you should also know basic water safety to keep everyone safe as you splash around.
Swim with a friend. Swimming alone can be risky if something happens to you while you’re in the water.
Never leave children or inexperienced swimmers unattended in the water.
If you’re on a boat, make sure you every person has their own personal life jacket.
Don’t dive headfirst into a river, swimming pool, lake, ocean or other bodies of water.
Stay out of dirty or murky waters.
If you go to the beach or public pool, swim in areas supervised by lifeguards.
Check the weather forecast, and be on the lookout for any dangerous weather conditions.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident it is essential to contact a dedicated New Jersey personal injury law firm, like Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman. Call for your free consultation and let us fight for you.
As a consumer, you don’t want to think that household everyday items could be one of the most common defective products. You have individual rights as a consumer when you buy a product, and the most fundamental reason is that you want you and your family to be safe. It is essential to remember that the companies who make products, designers, and distributors are all legally obligated to guarantee that any product released to the public does not pose the risk of injury to consumers.
There could be several ways a product could injure a customer, that does not necessarily mean they are unsafe. Legal claims linked to defective products commonly involve some inherent defect in the device’s design. Common product defects include manufacturing errors that happened during assembly, marketing misrepresentation or a failure to warn the public about potential dangers.
Just about any item, that is sold to the public, can be at risk of being a defective product. However, some industries seem to be involved in the majority of legal claims and settlements. Some products like pillows or mailboxes, even when flawed, are very unlikely to cause any harm. Whereas products like motor vehicles, chemicals, medical devices, and children’s toys – if not designed or manufactured well, pose a high risk of severe injury.
List of Most Common Defective Products
Vehicle manufacturers are a common source of defective product claims. Cars have become an essential part of our lives, but there is still plenty that can go wrong in the design and production. There have been many cases involving defectively designed top-heavy SUVs which are prone to flipping over. Airbags are another commonly defective vehicle device which poses a hazard to occupants, and even faulty tires have caused accidents.
Children’s toys have been the subject of numerous lawsuits over the years, especially those toy producers who design products which are easily swallowed by small children creating a choking hazard. There have also been cases of toys which have been made with toxic paint or other potentially hazardous materials, which can cause long-term health issues.
Pharmaceuticals and medical devices represent another well-known industry within defective product lawsuits. Thousands of people may have defective medical devices implanted or may be prescribed medicines before the dangers are fully understood.
Chemicals or other hazardous materials have caused a great deal of harm and injury across a wide range of industries. A notable case was the Roundup Ready Weedkiller, which was shown to cause cancer. Another example was asbestos – used in auto manufacturing.
Manufacturers and designers of products have a duty to design and manufacture their products in a safe fashion and to warn of any dangers they know or should know.
Have you been Injured by a Defective Product?
If you or your loved one has suffered injuries because of a defective product, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. At Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman our attorneys are very experts in defective product litigation, and we will make sure that you get the settlement your case deserves. Call for your free consultation and let us fight for you.
Construction workers are exposed to life-threatening risks on a regular basis. Regulations that prevent deaths and serious injuries must be followed to keep workers protected while on the job site.
According to OSHA, more than 4,000 private industry workers are killed each year, and one-in-five of these fatal workplace accidents took place in the field of construction. Unfortunately, far too many construction companies take dangerous shortcuts when it comes to protecting their employees, leaving workers exposed to hazards that threaten their safety and their livelihoods.
Common Causes of Construction Accidents Include:
Construction sites often have high elevated structures, especially in urban environments, as a result, falls are the #1 cause of fatal injuries on construction sites. In one year, OSHA listed that falls caused 302 of the 828 total fatalities on construction sites. Construction workers are often required to work at heights on delicate structures such as ladders, scaffolding, and roofs. Workers who aren’t given proper safety gear, aren’t strapped in with fall protection, or instruction are at risk of falling from structures, which virtually guarantees severe brain injuries, spinal injuries or worse.
- Stuck by Object
“Struck by an object” is included in OSHA’s “fatal four” – the four leading causes of construction worker deaths on sites. Workers who were hit by an object made up approximately 10% percent of fatalities in the construction industry each year. When the force of an object creates an injury, it’s considered a struck-by injury – this can include being hit by a flying, falling, rotating object.
Construction sites are generally a work in progress. Often found on construction sites are exposed wires and dangerous unfinished electrical systems. Coming into contact with electrical hazards may result in electrocution, which can cause burns, shock, explosions and even death.
The most common types of electrocution accidents in construction include contact with hanging power lines, contact with bare wires, broken tools and incorrect use of extension cords. OSHA statistics demonstrate that electrocution is responsible for approximately 8 percent of fatal construction accidents each year.
- Vehicle Accidents
Many jobs on construction sites require workers to operate heavy machineries such as forklifts and other vehicles. If these vehicles aren’t accurately maintained or if workers aren’t sufficiently trained on how to run them, everyone on the job site can be put in jeopardy. Accidents involving motor vehicles are responsible for many injuries in the construction field. Transportation incidents can be a collision from loss of control, unexpected maneuvering or any event that results in bodily contact with a vehicle.
- Crane Collapse
Of the many vehicles that are common construction sites, cranes are arguably the most dangerous. Because of the large items that cranes carry, improper use or balancing of the machines makes it relatively easy for cranes to collapse entirely. Determining safe carrying weights and stability is a delicate act, and shortcuts or negligence, when it comes cranes on a construction site, can be deadly.
The last leading cause of construction workplace accidents is “caught-in-between”. These are accidents where a worker’s body part is crushed, caught, or squeezed between two or more objects. A worker can be found in an “in-between” accident as a result collapsing materials – body parts pulled into heavy machinery and equipment malfunctions.
Have You Been Involved in a Construction Accident?
If you or a loved one has been injured at a construction site, you should contact a construction accident attorney immediately. The experienced legal team of Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman will protect your legal rights and help you gain the compensation you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation.