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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. 

Why should you contact the authorities after a car accident?

If you are involved in a car accident, your injuries and the damage to your vehicle can range in seriousness depending on the point of impact, how fast you and the other driver were traveling and the area the collision occurred in. Assessing your situation and making calm and responsible decisions can sometimes be challenging when you are in shock or trying to take in the seriousness of your situation. Understanding when to contact the authorities in New Jersey is vital to helping you make an informed decision if you are ever involved in a collision. 

Distracted driving high among millennials

People in New Jersey who are concerned about the ongoing problem of distracted driving have good reason for their fears. Data shows that among teens, distracted driving contributes to almost six out of every 10 vehicular accidents. It also seems that texting and driving, while the most common form of distracted driving, is not the only thing people still do with their phones when they should be focusing on the road. 

Can allergy medication affect driving abilities?

There are all sorts of reasons why a driver’s abilities behind the wheel may be disrupted, whether they consume alcohol before getting in their car, do not get enough sleep at night or have worked a very long day. However, some people do not realize that the allergy medication they take could also have a negative impact on their ability to stay safe on the road. If you struggle with seasonal allergies, it is especially important to be aware of how allergies—and certain drugs you may take to help with your symptoms—could increase the chances of a motor vehicle crash.

How can I prepare for a road trip this summer?

With summer practically here, many New Jersey families are already planning epic road trips. While fun and relaxation are top priorities, you also want to ensure that you and your family remain safe on the way to your destination. In this case, Nationwide recommends the following road trip safety tips. 

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