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Speeding and motorcycle collisions

Motorcyclists have to watch out for many risk factors on the road, from poor road conditions as a result of ice to drunk drivers. Speeding is a major concern when it comes to motorcycle crashes, and many motorcyclists have been hurt or even killed as a result of high speeds. Whether a motorcyclist goes over the speed limit or they are struck by a driver who is speeding, these accidents can be especially perilous at high speeds. Sadly, this behavior will undoubtedly result in even more fatalities and injuries in the coming months.

People speed for many reasons, whether they are running late for work or they simply do not show regard for the law. When a motorcyclist is struck by someone who was driving too fast, they should not hesitate to stand firm and consider which legal options may be on the table. Whenever a motorcycle collision takes place, the outcome can be devastating, but this is especially true when a crash happens at high speeds. A motorcyclist may be killed on impact or they may be thrown from their motorcycle and sustain massive injuries.

Tackling distracted driving in New Jersey

Cell phones have become ubiquitous in society today. Most people in New Jersey would rarely ever leave home without their phones close at hand or in their hands. When it is time for them to drive, however, these devices should not be in a person's hands.

According to a report by WFMZ.com, distracted driving is said to be involved in one out of every two accidents in the Garden State. This fact is part of what has led the state to make financial grants to fund a program designed to find and cite drivers who break the state's distracted driving laws. The money will pay to put law enforcement officers on the street with the primary purpose being to identify and stop distracted drivers.

Drowsy driving is as dangerous as drunk driving

It is no secret that drowsy driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving, but a recent article from MedicineNet reveals just how dangerous the act is — and how prevalent. Though New Jersey does not outlaw fatigued driving as it does drunk driving, the findings suggest that maybe the state should.

According to MedicineNet, those who receive less than seven hours of sleep at night are not only more likely to be involved in a car accident but also, are more likely to cause it. That risk only increases for every hour less than seven hours of sleep a person gets. For instance, a driver who gets between four and six hours of sleep each night is 2.9 times more likely to cause a car crash than those who received the standard seven to nine hours of shut eye. A person who sleeps for less than four hours in a 24-hour period is 15 times more likely to cause an accident. For comparison's sake, researchers noted that drowsy drivers had about the same odds of crashing as drivers with a blood alcohol concentration 1.5 times the legal limit.

Beware of pedestrians as the weather gets nicer

Pedestrians are going to start walking about more to enjoy the beautiful weather that is upon us in Allenhurst. This increase means that everyone needs to do their part to keep these individuals safe as they enjoy the city. Not only do the people walking need to practice safety but drivers must as well.

Being struck by a vehicle is almost certainly going to cause the pedestrian to have serious injuries. Immediate medical attention is likely going to be required, and the effects of the injury might last a lifetime. Following these tips can help everyone to remain safe during these warmer months.

Education and consequences can keep teen drivers safer

When parents are facing the task of teaching their new teenager how to drive in New Jersey, they are often not alone in their concern that their children will be able to handle the task of driving in a responsible manner. The truth is, driving can be incredibly risky and dangerous for even the most experienced drivers if they are negligent, reckless or careless. What all parents should remember is that teaching a teenager to drive is about more than instructing him or her about traffic laws. It is also about instilling a sense of responsibility and an understanding of how one poor decision could put the lives of many at risk. 

According to The New York Times, a parent's responsibility to teach their children how to drive does not begin once their children turn 16. On the contrary, it begins the minute they first buckle their infant into their vehicle. They should constantly be aware of the behaviors they are engaging in and those they are avoiding behind the wheel, in an effort to set a good example of the type of attention that should be given to driving. When they go to teach these principles when their children are driving age, it will be positively reinforced by the fact that their child has already witnessed this type of behavior for many years previously. 

Pregnancy and the consequences of a crash

Whenever someone is hurt in a car crash, they may face many challenges as they move forward. Hardships such as pain due to an injury, mental trauma and financial issues are not uncommon. Sadly, these consequences can be especially devastating for certain people, such as those who are pregnant. If you are expecting a child and were recently involved in a motor vehicle collision, you should not only take steps to protect yourself and the fetus from a short-term perspective, but you may need to look down the road and take legal action to ensure that you will be able to recover from a long-term standpoint.

Auto accidents can make people unable to work, which can not only lead to financial problems but turn one’s life on end in other ways. For example, career goals may be unobtainable and finding a new line of work may be necessary. A pregnant mother who is involved in a crash may even lose her child as a result of the accident, which can be very devastating. Each crash is different, and many will change one’s life permanently.

Why should you never pull in front of a truck?

Driving around big rigs requires a heightened awareness of following the rules of the road in New Jersey. If you are distracted or driving recklessly around a large truck, you are increasing your risks of being involved in an accident and if you are in a smaller passenger car, the sheer size and weight of a large truck could mean a dangerous outcome for you if you are involved in a crash with one. 

One of the most dangerous things you can do is to cut off a large truck. While you may think that you have adequate time to pull in front of a big rig and speed ahead, it takes them an alarming amount of time to stop if you do not leave enough room between the two of you. In fact, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a truck that has a full load may take as much as the length of two football fields to come to a complete stop if you were to pull in front of it. Even more concerning, this statistic is based on good road conditions. The stopping time would increase significantly if the road or weather conditions were poor. 

Study suggests obese truckers have higher crash risk

Back in 2002, the University of Minnesota Morris began the Truckers & Turnover Project, a multi-year study involving students, faculty and several motor carriers. The cooperating firms operate in the long-haul truckload segment of the trucking industry, a segment that has a high turnover rate. The goal of the study, initially, was to project and identify factors that predict retention rates, productivity and other on-the-job outcomes for truckers across New Jersey and other states. One such outcome is crash risk.

Over the course of the past decade and a half, the study's objectives have evolved based on the data researchers have collected over the years. In more recent years, as the project has developed the ability to combine motor carrier human resource and operational data with medical insurance claim data and diagnoses, researchers have turned their focus on the relationships between individual driver outcomes and medical conditions. The focus remains the same today.

Medical care options vary greatly after a car wreck

After a car wreck, you have a lot of things on your mind. One is where you will seek treatment for the injuries you suffered. You have a few different options, so you should think carefully about what you are going to do.

The place you seek treatment depends on the severity of the injuries and your personal medical beliefs. Obviously, you should seek emergency care if you have a serious injury due to the crash. Common sense goes a long way here.

Drugged driver kills three, does not recall incident

People in New Jersey who are concerned about the problems associated with impaired driving need to know that this issue includes not only alcohol but also drugs. Unfortunately, many people who are either addicted to drugs or who simply choose to use them for whatever reason still get behind the wheels of cars when under the influence of these substances. Just as with alcohol, this puts innocent people at risk for no reason. 

A tragic example of this can be seen in a recent accident at a gas station in which a driver was so impaired by drugs that he says he does not even recall the incident. NBC New York reports that the man, who is 29 years old, crashed at a gas station and was unresponsive to the point of requiring first responders to revive him with Narcan, the substance used to attempt a reversal of an opioid overdose. 

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