When people are driving in New Jersey, they have to rely on the responsibility of one another to keep each other safe. Even if you are driving safely and committed to following traffic laws, there may be other people who are careless, distracted or fatigued among other things. These people could drive irresponsibly and leave you at risk of being involved in a serious car accident if they crash into you.
Fatal car accidents create an extra measure of trauma and emotional distress for you if you are a surviving victim or a family member of someone who has been killed in an automobile crash. Being familiar with the most common causes of fatal car crashes may help you to stay more aware of dangerous behaviors that you should avoid and that you should encourage others to avoid, in an effort to keep everyone a little safer.
According to Business Insider, speeding is one instance that can put you at risk. Even if you are confident in your ability to drive quickly, do not see any law enforcement around and are driving in an area that is not heavily trafficked, your decision to speed can cause you to lose control of your vehicle if you approach a road hazard and are unable to stop in time. Another risk factor is drunk driving. If you have been drinking, you should arrange for alternative transportation to get home and encourage your friends to do the same. Likewise, if there is inclement weather, you should plan ahead to give yourself enough time to modify your driving practices to account for risky road conditions.
The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.