The new year is a time for resolutions, promises we make to ourselves to lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. For New Jersey drivers, no 2017 pledge would be more impactful than agreeing not to drive while distracted.
There is no other way to say it: distracted driving kills. Check out these statistics put out by the New Jersey Department of Law and Safety.
- Nationwide, in 2014, an estimated 431,000 people were injured in accidents involving a distracted driver.
- In New Jersey, distracted driving contributed to nearly 800,000 motor vehicle crashes from 2010 to 2014.
- 10% of the drivers under age 20 involved in fatal crashes were distracted at the time of the accident.
- Frighteningly, at any given daylight moment across the United States, approximately 660,000 drivers are using an electronic device while driving.
- Headset cell phone use is not significantly safer than hand-held use.
This time of year is a time for family gatherings, homecomings, and reunions of friends and loved ones. That also means that this is a time of heavy travel, with people often driving long distances. The streets and highways of New Jersey will be filled with winter revelers as they return home or attend celebrations.
The increased traffic, combined with the inclement weather that is typical of this time of year, leads to a significant spike in the number of accidents and collisions. If you want to avoid having your holidays ruined by a tragic car accident, it’s imperative that you take extra precautions as you hit the roadways this year.
Unfortunately, no matter how safe a driver you are, sometimes accidents happen anyway. Determining whether an auto collision was purely an accident caused by severe winter conditions or was the fault of another party can be difficult and a number of factors come into play when deciding who was liable.
Winter weather can be a real pain for New Jersey residents, making the roads and highways of our state difficult to drive and, in some cases, dangerous. Residents should do everything they can to prepare their motor vehicles to avoid accidents and protect themselves and their loved ones.
Here are just a few statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration you should bear in mind this winter:
The November and December holidays are amongst the busiest days of the year when it comes to travel. More cars are on the road as people all over the State of New Jersey travel to visit family, friends, and loved ones. Of course, with the increased traffic comes the increased risk of suffering a serious accident.
According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the six day Thanksgiving travel period sees a 54 percent increase over the average in the number of long-distance trips to and from a destination that is 50 miles or more away. During the Christmas/New Year’s holiday period, that number rises by 23 percent. With so many more vehicles, there is a directly correlated spike in the number of accidents and the number of fatalities. acerbated by a couple of factors. First off, the increased shopping around the holidays means that there are more trucks and delivery vehicles on the roads. Added to that, of course, is the fact that this period brings more extreme weather, including heavy snow, sleet, and rain.
Car maintenance can be a difficult chore, and it’s often easier to let things slide until a problem becomes critical. Replacing brake pads is one such activity. Unfortunately, too many of us wait until it’s too late to do the simple things that will keep our vehicles safe and running smoothly.
There’s probably no part of your car that’s more essential to your safety than the ability to stop. That’s why making sure your brake pads are up to date is so important.
In New Jersey, pedestrians frequently use crosswalks to commute, exercise, and get across town every day. Confident that drivers are aware of their presence, an unfortunate amount of these pedestrians fall victim to accidents involving negligent drivers. Negligent driving occurs when a driver is not paying attention, or fails to take necessary steps to drive safely. Because cars can so easily injure these vulnerable pedestrians, strict laws are in place to protect the health and rights of people crossing the street. Read the rest »
In many ways, the human face is very vulnerable. Injuries to the eyes, nose, ears, or mouth can all lead to impairment of one or more senses. The skin of the face is thinner than it is on other areas of the body, which means it can be damaged more easily and may scar more severely as it heals.
During a car accident, flying glass or debris or impact against any part of the vehicle can cause serious facial injuries. If you suffer these injuries during a car accident, you may be able to recover medical bills for treating the injury. Medical bills that may be covered for facial injuries include: Read the rest »
Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of accidents in New Jersey. Whether you are stuck in gridlock coming out of Manhattan or trying to get through bumper-to-bumper beach traffic at the Jersey Shore, there are plenty of opportunities to bump into your fellow driver. In fact, how many times have you almost run into someone stopped ahead of you? But, a new study out of Detroit suggests that vehicles that have automatic braking or front-end collisions sensors are must less likely to be involved in a fender-bender.
The research conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (ITHS) suggests safety measures can have a dramatic effect on rear-end collisions. ITHS found that automatic braking systems that are able to sense proximity to oncoming vehicles can reduce rear-end collisions by as much as 40 percent. The report goes on to say that early warning collision systems are able to cut that number an additional 23 percent. Read the rest »
A notice on Ling Ling Riverwalk restaurant website states, “Words cannot express our grief for those we have lost far too soon.” The restaurant was closed for several days after a tragic accident that killed several staff members.
The car accident in question was a fatal collision between a cattle truck, a small car, and a mini-van that happened along Route 287. A truck hauling cattle had pulled over for repairs when a chain reaction collision occurred, leaving three people dead. Among the dead were two employees of the Ling Ling Riverwalk Chinese restaurant. Another 12 injured people were taken to the hospital with injuries. Read the rest »
Their vehicles aren’t inspected often and the drivers and not regularly screened for prior traffic violations or DUI convictions. Companies like Uber are able to offer cheaper rides because there is less oversight. With that freedom comes danger as well.
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