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Drivers more likely to text or email than talk on phone

A recent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety report found that drivers in New Jersey are talking on their cellphones less but using them more in other ways. While behind the wheel, people were 57% likelier to use their phones to send emails, text or perform other actions than they were to make phone calls. The study compared two observation-based surveys that were conducted in 2014 and 2018.

Number of large truck accident deaths on the rise

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released data showing that the number of accidents causing trucker fatalities is rising. According to the NHTSA, 885 truck occupants were killed in crashes during the year 2018, representing an increase of nearly 1% over 2017 and the highest number of truck occupant deaths since 1988, when 911 large truck occupants died in crashes. The overall number of fatalities related to large truck crashes in New Jersey and other states also rose.

Saying no to distractions behind the wheel

Drivers in New Jersey know that distractions behind the wheel can endanger them. Everything from phone use to eating and drinking can take their eyes off the road and raise the risk for a crash. Distracted driving crashes lead to thousands of deaths every year with 2017 seeing 3,166 such deaths according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Older drivers struggle with modern vehicle technology

Traffic accident fatality figures have risen sharply in New Jersey and around the country in recent years, and most road safety experts say a surge in distracted driving is most likely responsible. This problem is most often blamed on cellphone use behind the wheel, but the sophisticated information and entertainment systems found in most new cars also seem to be playing a role. Programming navigation routes into these systems or changing audio settings can take several seconds, and a report released on July 25 by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests that older drivers are especially prone to distraction when using them.

Women 73% likelier than men to be injured in front-end crash

Front-end collisions are the most common type of car crash in New Jersey and across the U.S., and the risk of being injured in one of these is 73% higher for women than for men. Not only that, but women run double the risk for incurring a lower-body injury to the abdomen, legs and spine. These are the conclusions of a study published in the journal Traffic Injury Prevention.

Allstate finds Baltimore is home to the worst drivers in America

New Jersey readers know there are bad drivers everywhere. After all, around 6.5 million U.S. drivers crashed their vehicles in 2017, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, a new report by Allstate Insurance finds that some areas have significantly more dangerous drivers than others.

Fourth of July deadliest holiday for drunk driving

Though most people in New Jersey celebrate the Fourth of July by barbecuing, watching fireworks and swimming in the pool, some may choose to drink and drive. The number of people who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs during Independence Day makes it the deadliest holiday for DUI fatalities.

How ADAS are saving the lives of drivers and pedestrians

In 2018, J.D. Power conducted a study to find out how effective new vehicle safety tech is in preventing accidents. This tech, known under the title of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, includes devices like automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. Many drivers in New Jersey and across the U.S. may save their own lives, the lives of other drivers and the lives of pedestrians through the help of ADAS.

How New Jersey residents can help prevent car accidents

To stay safe on New Jersey roads, drivers should be aware of several important tips that can go a long way toward preventing car accidents. Vehicular collisions are the leading cause of death among Americans between the ages of 2 and 34. However, these accidents are often preventable.

Even light rain increases the chances of a fatal accident

The chances of being involved in a deadly car accident in New Jersey and around the country increase greatly in poor weather, and even rain that would prompt few drivers to switch on their windshield wipers poses a significant danger. These were among the conclusions drawn by a team of researchers who studied more than 125,000 fatal crashes that took place between 2006 and 2011 and then published their findings earlier this year.