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What to know if you've been the victim of a distracted driver

In 2014 over 430,000 people were involved in car accidents as a result of distracted driving. For five consecutive years, this was the number one cause of fatal crashes in New Jersey. Distracted driving happens when the person operating the vehicle engages in an activity that is not related to driving. This can include anything that causes the driver to take one's eyes off the road, hands off the steering wheel, or one's mind to wander.

The United States leads the world in number of fatal crashes

The numbers are in and New Jersey drivers may be surprised to learn that there are more motor vehicle deaths in the United States than in other first-world countries. A study was conducted over a 13-year period and while deaths per capita have been reduced in the U.S. by more than 30 percent, that is far behind other countries with a lot of wealth reports CNN. In fact, during that same period, Spain reduced its road deaths by 75.1 percent.

3 ways to prove a distracted driving case

It's rare to be able to get where you want to go without traveling by car, truck, bus or other motor vehicle, but every time you get behind the wheel, you're at risk of being involved in an accident. In the United States, distracted driving leads to around 421,000 injuries every year; around 37,000 people are killed as a result. Things as simple as checking a text message can take five seconds or longer; in five seconds, your vehicle, going 55 mph, travels the length of a football field. For this entire time you aren't looking at the road, so you don't know what is coming up ahead of your vehicle.

Some question how self-driving cars will make decisions on safety

Self-driving cars are looking to be a reality for New Jersey drivers in the near future. However, questions are now being raised as to how these cars will react when faced with situations where they will have to make split-second decisions to protect their occupants.

44 injured in Lincoln Tunnel bus crash

Injuries suffered in a crash can affect a person in many areas of life even if they are considered minor. A broken bone may impact a person’s ability to work. A neck or back injury may require weeks or months of physical therapy or even surgery. Therefore, New Jersey residents who are injured in a crash may find themselves dealing with the consequences long after the accident occurs.

Speed limiters for trucks proposed by federal agencies

In an effort to reduce roadway fatalities and greatly reduce fuel costs, two federal agencies have proposed that speed limiters be installed in certain commercial vehicles that would limit how fast they can travel. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are behind the proposed rule.

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