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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.

New Jersey's car seat laws strive to save lives

The idea of losing a child is raw and unbearable. Across the nation, more and more grieving parents are sharing their stories about the catastrophic consequences of the improper use of child safety seats. Unbeknownst to many of these parents, while they thought they were safeguarding their children by using car safety seats, they were misusing them.

What are the hazards of driving at night?

Many people are not through with their day once the sun sets. As winter approaches and the days gradually become shorter, nighttime driving is a part of daily life. While you may be familiar with navigating the roadways in the dark, you may not fully understand the dangers that come with driving at night. Nighttime driving is associated with certain hazards that increase your risk of becoming involved in a deadly car accident. It is critical that you are aware of these dangers so you can minimize this risk and stay safe while driving at night. 

Be wary of insurance company tactics

Insurance companies provide a valuable service for many people. They help accident victims put their lives back together. However, insurers in New Jersey are probably not entirely on your side when it comes to paying for the damages you incur from truck or car accidents. At Escandon, Fernicola, Anderson, Covelli & McPherson, we believe everyone deserves an ally in these types of struggles.

The link between road construction and car wrecks

Road construction is virtually impossible to avoid when you make your way across New Jersey by car, but it may surprise you to know just how many automobile crashes take place in the nation’s work zones. At Escandon, Fernicola, Anderson, Covelli & McPherson, we recognize that, while, nationally, road fatalities are decreasing, the number of people dying in car wrecks in the nation’s road construction zones each year is on the rise.

Study: Measuring the safety of hands-free cellphones

In New Jersey and in many other states in the nation, drivers are prohibited from using hand-held cell phones while behind the wheel. This legislation came after the rise in fatal car accidents caused by distracted drivers and people using their cellphones while driving. As a result of the ban of hand-held cell phones, motorists started using hands-free cellphones. While these devices allow drivers to keep their hands on the steering wheel and eyes on the road as they talk on the phone, they may not be as safe as some think.

Can you encourage your child to be safe in the car?

Helping your children realize the value of being safe in the car is imperative to set a foundation of good habits that promote responsibility and vigilance. When you prioritize safety in and around a vehicle, you can feel more confident in your children and their ability to make decisions that will serve to protect them even if they are traveling with friends in New Jersey. 

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