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Can you plan ahead to avoid distracted driving?

If you have to commute to your job each day in New Jersey, you have probably encountered times where the temptation to multitask while driving is quite appealing. You may even feel justified with your decision if the road around you is not busy or if you are confident in your ability to maintain attention on the road. However, distracted driving is deadly and even the simplest of tasks can create a major danger. Fortunately, there are proactive things you can do to lessen your temptation to drive distracted. 

Farmers Insurance suggests that you ask for help to do certain things if you have other passengers in your vehicle. For example, you could ask your passengers to read you instructions to a destination, to change the radio station and even for help opening your water bottle. Other tips they recommend to keep you safe from the temptation to drive distracted include the following:

  • Do not use your phone at all while driving. 
  • When talking with passengers, avoid topics that evoke deep emotion.
  • If you are traveling someplace new, have your directions ready to go for brief and convenient access. 
  • Utilize resources that encourage you not to use your phone. Many smartphones have software that allows you to disable usage while driving. 

Why should we all care about truck driver health?

It may be challenging for you to find the time to exercise, and eating right when you're so busy with work and life in New Jersey may seem next to impossible. For truckers who often work 14-hour days and eat every meal at a restaurant, the struggle may be even more difficult.

Unfortunately, per Science Daily, research indicates that the health problems that arise due to the typical trucker lifestyle may be causing truck crashes.

Please tell your friends to 'buckle up'

When you're driving friends or family in your car, and you notice that they're not using a seatbelt, politely ask them to please "buckle up." If you do so, and they comply, you might just save a life. If you do so, and they don't comply, at least you know that you did your best to help prevent a catastrophic injury or death in your vehicle.

If you're having trouble convincing your passengers why it's so important to use a safety belt, the following information could help you convince them:

Suggestions for planning an affordable funeral for your loved one

When you are faced with the unexpected death of a loved one in New Jersey, it can be overwhelming to begin sorting through emotions and planning a funeral. Because coordinating a funeral involves several important factors, chances are you want to spend time preparing so you can give your loved one the memorial he or she deserves. At Escandon, Fernicola, Anderson & Covelli, we have helped many grieving families as they navigate their way through the legalities following the death of their family member. 

Funerals are costly and each component can add up quickly. While you may have considered the costs of a funeral previously, you may have never considered just how costly planning and executing a memorial is. As you attempt to budget for your family member's service, MarketWatch suggests some ways that you can save money along the way. Some of the things you can do include the following:

  • If you are able to have the funeral relatively soon after your family member's death, consider asking the mortuary if they could refrigerate the body rather than embalming it.
  • Explore your options for caskets and urns. Contrary to what many believe, you do not have to purchase either directly from a mortician. 
  • Look around and compare your options for different aspects of the funeral. As with anything else, comparison shopping may be able to help you narrow your options to the ones you can afford. 

Brain tissue injuries may develop slowly

Immediately after your car accident on the New Jersey highway, you may feel shaken up and disoriented. However, you are able to get out of your car, exchange information with the other driver and give your account of the event to the police officer who comes to make a report. We at Escandon, Fernicola, Anderson & Covelli, LLP, often advise people who have been in a collision to seek medical attention as their next step.

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons warns that even though a bump on the head may not seem significant at the moment, it could later lead to permanent brain damage.

A look at why driving under the influence is so dangerous

When people have been socially drinking and entertain the thought of driving home on their own, they are mistakengly making a decision that could ultimately put themselves, their passengers and all other motorists around them at extreme risk. While driving under the influence has legal consequences in New Jersey, it can also create major hazards when impairment affects a person's ability to make responsible decisions. 

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, people who consume alcoholic beverages in large quantities are prone to suffering memory loss. This impairment can lead to confusion, ignorance and irrationality. When people drink on an empty stomach or when they gulp their drinks, they are even more likely to suffer memory loss because their blood alcohol content levels skyrocket at much faster speeds. 

Will my motorcycle helmet make me safer on the road?

Allenhurst motorcycle riders should always think safety, and one important component to preserving your life while riding your bike on a New Jersey highway is finding the right motorcycle helmet. But how can you be sure your helmet will provide the proper protection and not hamper your performance on your bike? Jalopnik.com suggests a few ways to evaluate a helmet when you seek to buy one.

First, do not purchase a motorcycle helmet right away. The best helmet is the one that provides the best fit. Any other consideration is secondary. A helmet that is too loose will spin around on your head and block your vision, and a tight helmet will not let you turn your head when you need to. It is a good idea to shop for a helmet at a physical retail outlet so you can try on the helmet first. The helmet should feel firm on your head but not apply too much pressure. Helmets should also not possess gaps between the cyclist’s head and the interior of the helmet unless they exist for the cyclist’s ears.

Are LED daytime running lights safe?

We've all seen them on the road -- and maybe your car is equipped with them: daytime LED running lights. These bright, bluish-white and iridescent lights certainly look flashy when a modern vehicle passes you buy, but are they safe?

You might think that the increased visibility and extra illumination of the road in front of you would help in terms of safety, but do they help or hinder in this regard? In some ways yes, but in some very big ways, no.

How you can stay safe from common hazards when cycling

You have dreamt of getting a motorcycle for quite some time now and have recently made your first purchase. Aside from your bike looking sleek and providing promising adventure, you are excited to begin learning about how your motorcycle functions and what kind of power it has. At Escandon, Fernicola, Anderson & Covelli, we are familiar with the potential risks and hazards faced by motorcyclists in New Jersey.

As with anytime you are driving a vehicle on the road, you are subject to the risks associated with operating your motorcycle. Perhaps you have acknowledged this by already investing in proper riding clothing and gear, but what if you are faced with a sudden hazard that puts you in harm's way and threatens an accident? According to rideapart.com, many motorcycle accidents fall into one of several categories of common crashes. Here are some of the accidents you should be aware of and how you can potentially avoid them:

  • You take a corner too quickly: Do your best to avoid leaning your bike, and never panic by fidgeting with the throttle or slamming on the brakes. These behaviors may cause your bike to lose traction and crash.
  • A car rear-ends you: Whenever you have to stop at a traffic light, be aware to stop behind another car if possible. This will give you a designated "crumple space" if you are hit, instead of your body flying onto the open road. 
  • A car turns left in front of you: Contrary to what many believe you should do in this situation, you should never try to lay your bike down. The most effective way to protect yourself is to reduce your speed as much as possible by using your brakes and keeping your motorcycle in an upright position with both hands on the handlebars. 

How you can use evasive action to avoid deadly collisions

You are cruising along at highway speeds on a busy thoroughfare in New Jersey when out of nowhere, a small passenger car cuts you off. Because you are driving a big rig, you are unable to slow down and find yourself violently swerving into the next lane to avoid a deadly collision. What would you have done if there was not another lane next to you? At Escandon, Fernicola, Anderson & Covelli, we are familiar with the risks that truckers face when they spend hours traveling between destinations. 

When you practice vigilant driving, you may be able to react faster and more effectively when faced with sudden road hazards. Known as evasive action, your ability to evade potential dangers can be more successful with practice and awareness of some important tips. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, many trucking accidents happen because the driver is unable to stop when approaching slowing traffic, other vehicles or objects in the road. Here are two things you can do to practice evasive action at all times:

  • Be aware of your surroundings: This is easily done by frequently scanning everything around you. Watch for signs of danger so you can recognize hazards with enough time to react in an effective and safe way. 
  • Look for braking vehicles: As soon as a vehicle in front of you puts its brakes on, immediately be prepared to slow down or move out of the way. Studies show that once you tell your brain to move your foot from the gas to the brake pedal, it takes nearly a second for that action to happen. While seemingly insignificant, that one second can make a considerable difference in your ability to react on time. 

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