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Distracted driving can be prevented by attentive drivers

Distracted driving is a serious problem that must be quelled quickly. It is a preventable issue that, tragically, leads to catastrophic injuries for innocent people. Understanding a bit about distracted driving can help to curb the problem.

There are several points that people should understand about this before they get behind the wheel. If everyone took steps to avoid distracted driving, the roads would be a bit safer. Here are some important reminders:

What behaviors are considered to be distracting while driving?

You are running late for an important appointment and decide to hurry and call your doctor's office to let them know. Once off of the phone, you try to hurry and finish your sandwich while driving to your appointment. At one point, your drink starts to tip. Your jerk your steering wheel a bit as you fumble your sandwich and try to catch your drink. This is distracted driving and it is surprisingly, more common in New Jersey than many people realize. 

If you are like the majority of people, you may first think of texting when you hear the term " distracted driving." However, there are actually three different types of distracted driving according to Esurance. These include the following:

  • Visual: This kind of distraction involves anything that removes your eyes from the road ahead. Examples include looking at your GPS, fixing your child's seatbelt and adjusting the radio station.
  • Cognitive: This kind of distraction involves anything that causes a mental deviation from driving. Examples include talking with your passengers, being emotionally affected by work or family issues, and even becoming too thoughtful about the podcast you may be listening to. 
  • Manual: This kind of distraction takes both of your hands away from the steering wheel to complete a task. Examples include eating, doing your makeup, programming an electronic or reaching to retrieve something that has dropped. 

Learning these motorcycle riding tips can keep you safer

You have recently invested in a new motorcycle; a dream of yours for many years. Now, you are learning how to use your bike, which requires practice to get familiar with the way it drives, its power level and how it feels on different roadways. At Escandon, Fernicola, Anderson & Covelli, we have helped many people in New Jersey who have been injured in motorcycle accidents and hope to help educate people on what they can do to stay safer on their ride. 

Taking the time to learn about your bike and educate yourself on proper riding techniques is imperative to your safety, confidence and enjoyment while riding. According to Sport Rider, part of your ability to improve as a rider and stay safe on your ride, is acknowledgement of the fact that your skills need to be regularly refined and practiced in order to strengthen them. When you make time for personal assessment and implement steps to help you become a stronger rider, you can learn about and experiment with various techniques to find your own methods. 

NJ man accused of drug possession previously, charged with DUI

When criminals in New Jersey are caught and reprimanded according to the severity of their actions, it is the hope of everyone that adequate measures will be implemented to prevent that same person from committing the same crime again. However, there are times when even with seemingly appropriate consequences, repeat offenders can find a way to get past the radar. Unfortunately, this danger can make subsequent offenses even worse and put the lives of innocent bystanders at risk. 

In a recent accident in Raritan Borough, a mother and her two young children were on a sidewalk walking together when they were hit by a driver who was allegedly DUI at the time. The unsuspecting family was hit while they were on the way to a local park to celebrate the birthday of a 1-year-old being pushed in a stroller by his mother. The violent collision left the baby dead and ended up severely injuring his mother and brother. Investigators concluded that the driver had crossed several lanes of traffic, hit two parked cars, continued driving on the sidewalk, hit three pedestrians, reentered the street and hit a couple more parked cars on the opposite side of the road.

What can I do to feel comfortable driving after a crash?

Getting back behind the wheel after you have been involved in a serious motor vehicle accident in New Jersey can be difficult. For many people, anxiety and fear creep in. Memories of the accident can plague your mind. It can be tough to let go of your worries and drive again when your last experience was so traumatic. However, as with anything like this, you just need to "get back in the saddle" so to speak because unless you never drive again, there has to be a first time after the accident.

Geico suggests preparing for your first time behind the wheel after an accident ahead of time through taking a defensive driving course. This type of course helps you to learn how to handle adverse driving conditions and errors by other drivers while keeping you and your vehicle out of harm's way. It can instill you with confidence and give you important skills to avoid an accident again in the future.

Car accident lawsuits: What is recklessness?

No human being who cares about the welfare of others would act in a way that could hurt someone else. Whether it's out of sheer stupidity or forgetfulness, however, people act in reckless and dangerous ways that put themselves and others at risk of serious harm all the time.

When a driver acts recklessly or wantonly like this, and it does result in someone else getting hurt, that driver will be financially liable for damages, injuries and deaths he or she causes.

Safety tips for new motorcycle riders

New motorcyclists in New Jersey are no doubt eager to get on the road for the first time. However, safety should always be on the mind of new riders, especially when they are in the process of building their skill set. To make certain you have the tools they need to remain protected, Consumer Reports offers the following tips.

Always Use a Helmet

Steps you should take if you witness a car accident

You are driving along and almost through your daily commute on your way to work when you witness a bad car accident. Your initial reaction is one of shock. The people involved are visibly shaken and some of them look to be injured. At Escandon, Fernicola, Anderson & Covelli, we have helped many victims of car accidents in New Jersey to work towards receiving compensation for their injuries and lost wages. 

Witnessing a car accident can be scary, but the way you react can be detrimental in providing help to the victims and valuable evidence to the responding authorities. According to Esurance, as soon as the vehicles involved have come to a stop, find a spot to pull out of the way of other moving vehicles. Look for cars and cautiously make your way to the damaged vehicles. Call 911 and provide as much detail as you can about the location of the accident, the appearance of the vehicles involved and the condition of any victims. 

Can you encourage responsibility from your fleet drivers?

One of the benefits of owning your own company is being able to dictate hiring policies and put guidelines in place that determine how potential candidates will be assessed to determine their eligibility for a job. Because you run a trucking company in New Jersey, you are looking particularly close at people who show responsibility and have a clean driving record. You want to guarantee that all members of your fleet understand that their driving is a reflection of your company's reputation and that irresponsibility could not only damage your company's success but jeopardize their safety and that of other motorists on the road. 

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, your vigilance in recognizing deficiencies and potential safety hazards and addressing them before they become a threat is critical in protecting everyone's safety. Likewise, if one of your trucks is not operating the right way, it should immediately be put out of service until proper repairs are made. Finally, if you have any suspicions at all about the behavior of any member of your fleet, their driving privileges should be suspended until you can adequately address your concerns. 

Could the answer to texting while driving lie in new technology?

"The cure is in the hair of the dog that bit you." It's an old wive's tale that says a sip of alcohol the following morning is the perfect cure for the hangover that ails you, but it can apply to many other situations — like texting while driving.

If technology created texting-while-driving, which has caused fatal accidents throughout the United States, perhaps we can turn to technology for the cure. Perhaps, if computer scientists put their minds to it, they could create special apps and in-vehicle tech that render motorists unable to operate their smartphones while behind the wheel.

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