November 2019 Archives

Truck accidents, and their five common causes

Collisions between large trucks and passenger vehicles are usually due to one of five things. Drivers in New Jersey should know these five factors as it may help them be more responsible while sharing the road with big rigs. The first is driver error. In the majority (81%) of truck crashes that involve error, the passenger vehicle driver is at fault. However, truckers can nevertheless cause a crash through drowsy, drunk, drugged or distracted driving.

Distracted driving is a major roadway danger

Distracted driving has a serious impact on roadway safety in New Jersey. Every day, across the country, nine people lose their lives and 100 more are injured, often severely, in motor vehicle collisions linked to drivers who are distracted or inattentive. There are a number of causes of distracted driving. Perhaps the best-known is texting or surfing the internet while using a cellphone behind the wheel, but smartphones are not the only problem. Some drivers are easily distracted by the touchscreen entertainment and GPS systems built into many newer vehicles while other accidents and problems on the road outside the car are common reasons for driving while distracted.

Are your kids making you a worse driver?

You may be a good driver generally, and you may even try to be especially cautious when your kids are in the car with you. However, many parents do not realize that, despite their intentions, they are worse drivers when they are transporting their children than when they are driving otherwise. 

AAA: end of DST linked with rise in drowsy driving

In AAA's 2018 Traffic Safety Culture Index, 96% of respondents said they consider drowsy driving very or extremely dangerous, yet 27% admitted they had trouble keeping their eyes open while driving at least once in the past 30 days. Residents of New Jersey should know that drowsy driving, a form of negligence, is behind some 328,000 car crashes every year in the U.S. Of these, 109,000 end in injuries and 6,400 in death.

Fatalities caused by running red lights reach 10-year high

Twenty people were killed in New Jersey in 2017 by drivers who ran red lights, according to new statistics released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Nationwide, more than two people are killed each day by careless and reckless drivers who run stoplights.

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