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Avoiding premises liability issues on Halloween

If you're welcoming trick-or-treaters or other guests to your home this Halloween, it's essential to make sure that your property is as safe as you can reasonably make it. You don't want anyone to be injured, nor do you want the potential litigation that could follow.

Remember that under the law, if your porch light is on, trick-or-treaters are considered to be invited visitors and not trespassers. Therefore, your responsibility to have a property free of hazards is higher.

Don't settle for paying out too much for accident claims

Some people who get into a car wreck due to another party's negligence might think that their injuries entitle them to an astronomical settlement from the insurance company. This isn't the case. Your company needs someone on its side who is willing to fight back against the schemes that some victims will try to run on insurance companies.

We can help you find ways to fight back against claims that are far higher in damages the complainant is seeking than what they should be. This isn't always an easy journey; however, we can put forth the effort on your behalf so you can focus on your business.

Autumn comes with risks for property owners

Adults and children enjoy being out in the lovely fall weather. Therefore, it is imperative that property owners take steps to ensure that people remain as safe as possible when they are walking around. There is a chance that you will face a lawsuit if someone has an accident on your property and suffers an injury.

One thing to remember is that the fallen leaves on the sidewalks and other surfaces will be slippery if they are wet. While this isn't likely to cause a problem for most adults, children who are running about and adults who rely on walkers or canes might be at greater risk of falling on the leaves. These falls can be devastating to them, especially if they are seriously injured.

Stay out of a semitruck's blind spots

Semitrucks require a lot of room to maneuver how they need to on the road. One thing that many drivers forget is that these large trucks have huge blind spots in which the driver can't see. Any vehicle that is in the "no zone" is in danger of being struck by the truck because the trucker doesn't see them.

A good rule of thumb is that if you can't see the trucker in the side mirrors, the driver can't see you. If you do have to drive in the no zone, get out of it as quickly as possible. In order to ensure that you are in a safe spot, remember these rules:

  • There is a 20-foot blind spot in front of the truck and a 30-foot one in the rear.
  • The passenger side blind spot extends from the front of the truck past the back and goes two lanes over.
  • The driver side blind spot extends from the area even with the cab door to about the halfway point of the trailer and is one lane wide.

Tips for talking about divorce with the children

For a married couple with children, the idea of changing family dynamics can feel intimidating and overwhelming. If a couple decides the marriage needs to end for the betterment of everyone involved, an important next step is to tell the children about this decision.

If you need to approach the topic of divorce with your children, consider a few bits of basic advice before starting this conversation. When possible, take some time to prepare for how, when and where you’ll have this discussion as well as who should be present in the family.

Am I experiencing domestic violence?

Divorce can be a difficult time for anyone, but for someone who has been in an emotionally of physically abusive relationship it can be particularly challenging. Just the act of leaving can feel like a huge step. However, many abusers will not agree to a marriage dissolution.

Domestic violence can happen in any relationship, but women are more likely to be abused in New Jersey. In the latest statewide Domestic Violence Report, covering data from 2016, 74 percent of reported cases were against women.

Protect your right to seek compensation after a big rig wreck

All drivers on the road must be cognitively, mentally and physically able to handle the duties that come with being on the road. A truck driver has to be prepared and trained properly. This is one reason why commercial driver's licenses are required for driving these large vehicles. Unfortunately, there are some individuals who drive big rigs without the proper training or when they aren't able to do so safely.

Unsafe truckers can cause serious crashes that lead to innocent parties having catastrophic injuries like those to the brain, spinal cord or internal organs. When this happens, the person is likely going to need extensive medical care. Lengthy hospital stays, intensive therapy and complex medication regimens often come with these types of cases.

Fight against premises liability claims related to escalators

Escalators provide an easy way for mobile individuals to get from one floor of a building to another. These are often used in conjunction with elevators that can help disabled people get to those different floors. For the men, women and children who take the escalator, it is imperative that they take proper safety steps. These can help to prevent accidents that might maim, injure or kill.

One thing to do is make sure that they know that they can't have any loose clothing that might be caught up in the moving parts. Securing loose clothing, such as floor-length, flowing skirts, is necessary to avoid them being snagged and pulled along.

Control your emotions after a car wreck

Car wrecks can bring out the worst in people. In some cases, they are the result of road rage, which can be an especially troublesome event. People who have been hit by another driver should try to remain as calm as possible. This might help to make a stressful situation less complicated. We know this isn't always possible, but you should still do your best.

The emotional reaction to a crash might be anger. Deciding to put that anger to good use can help victims of these wrecks to be able to seek compensation for their injuries. This can help them to cover the medical bills from serious accidents.

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