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Ford Explorers reportedly still leaking carbon monoxide

It's been two years since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began investigating complaints that some Ford Explorers were leaking carbon monoxide inside the vehicle. Since then, more than 40 people have reported suffering negative effects from the toxic fumes seeping into their SUVs.

One consumer described the fumes as having "a rotten egg smell" that caused headaches and nausea among family members, including his child. The problem became so concerning that multiple police departments around the country with Ford Explorers in their fleets took them out of service.

Chlorine poisoning at your public pool? Claim personal injury

A hot summer on the East Coast has New Englanders heading to the public pool or water park. Yet escaping the heat comes at a costly rate should you encounter chlorine poisoning

Blaming the owners of the pool may seem easy. After all, your serious symptoms resulted from swimming on their property. Receiving compensation, however, includes the proof of negligence.

How trucking companies can avoid negligent hiring suits

Virtually all trucking companies are dealing with a shortage of qualified drivers. As a result, many have relaxed their standards and loosened their age restrictions in order to have enough drivers to meet the demand for their services.

However, unqualified, reckless, negligent drivers can prove far more costly to companies than having to turn down work. Truck crashes often result in serious injuries and fatalities, not to mention significant property damage.

When people drive while exhausted, they put you at risk

Every time you travel on public roads, you take some risks. Riding in or driving a motor vehicle means traveling at high speeds. Biking on the road or walking in proximity to public roads means that you could end up struck by someone in a vehicle. No matter how hard you try to stay safe, someone else can always put you at risk.

When other people choose to make poor safety decisions, like driving while drowsy or fatigued, the risk to you is higher. People who end up hurt as the result of someone else's bad decision should not end up saddled with medical costs, lost wages and property damage.

What licenses do businesses need?

Businesses don't always need the same licenses, but the majority do need at least one or two to run legally. When you become a registered business in New Jersey, you may need to show that you have professional licensing or occupational licenses.

The State of New Jersey has a website where you can find the licenses and permits you need for your specific business, but where do you start?

Motorcyclists and cyclists can stay safe on the roads

It may not be surprising to find out that the number of cyclist deaths increases in the summer. After all, this is when more people choose to ride their bikes. Motorcyclist and bicyclist deaths both increase during this time because the vehicles aren't as expected as larger passenger cars and trucks.

Despite that, both motorcyclists and cyclists have a right to the road, so it's necessary for drivers to pay attention and give them space. They need to be aware of the potential for riders to be on the roads and to keep a safe distance from them to prevent accidents.

Commercial leases: What you should know

Making sure your commercial lease agreement is a good arrangement is important to the health of your relationship with your landlord or the property owner. A commercial lease is your contract dictating how much you pay, what kinds of additional expenses there are in the building and other rules and regulations.

Commercial leases are significantly more complicated than residential leases, and the terms of contracts could vary between each lease. There is a lot of room for negotiation in some leases, while others are simple and straightforward.

Keeping your teen driver safe in a dangerous time of year

As a parent of a teen, you regularly worry about your child’s well-being and safety. You may be especially worried when your teen is out driving here New Jersey. The roads can have many dangers for teens. This can particularly be the case this time of year.

We are currently in what some refer to as the “100 Deadliest Days.” This period, which goes from Memorial Day to Labor Day, tends to see a particularly high number of fatal accidents involving teen drivers in the United States. In 2016, there was an average of 10 fatalities a day from such crashes during this period.

School bus crashes: The legal implications

In Morris County, there was a fatal school bus crash that is still under investigation. According to the story, a Paramus teacher and student lost their lives in the collision on the way to Waterloo Village.

The child who passed away, a 10-year-old girl, has parents who may be like yourself if you found yourself struggling with the death of your child. They want to know who's to blame and who can be held accountable. That little girl wasn't the only person injured, so the reality is that there will be many people looking to find out what exactly happened. With several adults and dozens of students hurt, there's no question that answers are necessary.

The importance of a buy-sell agreement shouldn't be overlooked

Your business is important to you, and against all suggestions, you opened it with friends. You want to make sure you can buy them out if they don't get along with you later and need to know that there's a way to obtain full ownership if the need arises.

One option is a buy-sell agreement. A buy-sell agreement could be a good idea for your business, but what is it and how does it work? It's a simple reality that there are things that could go wrong in your life or in the life of your business partners. A buy-sell agreement answers those "what-if" questions that may come up, like, "What if my partner suddenly dies? What if we disagree on how to run the business? What happens if one person wants to step down and give up his or her shares?"

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