Many people run as part of their daily exercise routine. Not only is it great for your waistline, it’s also great for mental health, as it releases endorphins to the brain that help you stay happy and fight off depression. But as autumn approaches and days are getting darker faster, it’s a good idea to stay alert and follow some basic safety precautions while going out for your evening jog. Read the rest »
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2015, 5,376 pedestrians were killed in crashes with motor vehicles, and 70,000 were injured. If you have an inquisitive mind, you may have wondered what exactly happens when a pedestrian is hit by a car. Scientists have been studying the process and mechanics of car accidents for many years in a bid to figure out how to make cars safer and how to reduce pedestrian fatalities.
So, what exactly happens during a collision with a car, and how does it affect a human body? Read the rest »
With Memorial Day weekend coming up and tourists flocking to New Jersey, things are about to get wild on the roads. Holidays like Memorial Weekend, Fourth of July, and New Year’s Eve are inherently dangerous. Drinking, driving on unfamiliar roads, and driving at night all provide the perfect ingredients for a car accident. Read the rest »
Driving is dangerous. On average, motorists are operating 3,000 pounds of metal that can easily crush any unfortunate human in their way. That is a lot of responsibility for a driver, especially at night. Even though there is 60% less traffic on the roads, nighttime accidents account for more than 40% of overall car accidents. Read the rest »
It is a universal truth that in a battle between a machine and a man, the machine usually wins. We typically imagine this scenario involving people being hit by cars or buses, but a very real danger also exists when the machine happens to be a bicycle. As the number of people using bicycles (both for recreational purposes and to avoid growing traffic) continues to increase, these accidents are bound to happen more frequently. Read the rest »
You’ve finally reached your destination after overcoming heavy traffic, poor weather conditions, and an emergency road repair. As you pull into the parking lot, you take a deep breath of relief, unaware you are now embarking on one of the riskier parts of your trip—getting from the parking lot to the building. Read the rest »
More Americans are incorporating walking into their daily routines, whether it’s tracking steps on a Fitbit or walking to the train rather than driving. Generally, this leads to healthier bodies and a healthier environment. At the same time, however, it’s putting us at risk of being hit by a car or other vehicle. And in the United States, that particular problem is getting worse. Read the rest »
According to the State of New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, there is a disproportionate number of pedestrian injury crashes and fatalities in the Garden State compared to the nation as a whole. Pedestrian safety is a two-way street. Drivers must stop for pedestrians at crosswalks and pedestrian must observe traffic signs and signals located at intersections. As a pedestrian it is important that you understand your right of way.
It’s pleasant outside and you have nothing pressing to do. It’s the perfect time to go for a jog and in Princeton, New Jersey, you can be pretty sure that you’ll bump into other joggers along the way. More than 57 million people in the United States jog each year. That’s a big potential for joggers and car accidents. Safety is always an issue when you’re jogging and there are important things to remember so that you can avoid injury.
Schools are back in session throughout New Jersey, which means there will be a significant increase in the number of young pedestrians. According to the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, there are about 1.3 million students walking, biking, driving, or riding to school statewide. School zones in particular will be crowded with buses, passenger vehicles, and students. It is crucial during this time for motorists to exercise due care and for parents to encourage safe walking habits.
Tragically, no amount of safety precautions can prevent all pedestrian accidents from occurring. According to statistics recently cited by NJ 1015, motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for New Jersey children. Over the last three years, 71 children under the age of 18 were killed in car accidents, including 21 pedestrians.
There are a number of safety tips that all motorists and pedestrians should remember this time of year. If you are a driver in New Jersey: Read the rest »
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