Car Accidents Archives

Motorists often oppose red light cameras despite safety benefits

Red light cameras are a contentious subject in New Jersey and around the country. Road safety advocates point to data that shows installing cameras on traffic signals prevents accidents and saves lives, but many motorists believe the devices are primarily used to generate revenue for cash-strapped municipalities. Red light cameras were in use in 533 American cities and towns in 2012, but that figure has since dropped to just 421. Deaths caused by red-light runners rose by 17% in the years following the removal of the cameras.

How can daydreaming do damage while driving?

It can be all too easy to drift off into a daydream during a long car ride. After a while, the road can become monotonous. You might find yourself thinking about how good it will feel to reach your destination, stretch your legs and embark on fun adventures. Even on your commute home from work, it can be easy to imagine the comfort of your home that's waiting for you.

AAA Foundation study: car safety tech causes distraction

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has analyzed the safety features on a number of newer vehicles, including the Tesla Model S, Acura MDX, Ford Fusion and Hyundai Sonata, and it has come to an important conclusion. Drivers in New Jersey should know that two features in particular are liable to make them complacent behind the wheel: adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist.

Tips from the AASM for avoiding drowsy driving

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is clear that drowsy driving is 100% preventable. Unfortunately, many in New Jersey and across the U.S. engage in it. The AASM conducted a Sleep Prioritization Survey involving 2,003 adults, and 45% admitted that they have struggled sometimes to keep their eyes open while behind the wheel.

Study shows the growing road safety dangers of opioid use

Drivers who cause fatal car accidents in New Jersey and around the country are more than twice as likely to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol as the other motorists involved. This was what researchers from Columbia University discovered after studying accident data on more than 18,000 deadly crashes from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, which is managed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The results of the study were published in the February 2019 issue of JAMA Network Open.

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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