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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Bad winter weather often coats New Jersey roads with ice and snow, and the slippery conditions contribute to many motor vehicle accidents. Drivers who follow the best practices for driving in the winter reduce their chances of getting into a wreck.
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.
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.
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.
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.