Drivers need to sleep for at least seven hours each night to be safe on the road. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that drivers who get one or two fewer hours of sleep within a 24-hour period almost double their risk of getting into an accident. For this reason, AAA has continually reminded people in New Jersey and across the US to readjust their sleep schedules when preparing to "spring forward" for daylight saving time.
Autonomous cars are being developed by automakers like Ford, GM, Tesla, Toyota and Volvo. Google started testing systems for driverless cars back in 2009, and Waymo is managing them in Arizona. All of this shows that self-driving cars are becoming more and more of a reality, yet New Jersey residents should know about the many safety concerns.
There are many steps people in New Jersey can take to protect themselves and other individuals from drunk drivers. These include recognizing drunk drivers, reporting them, driving defensively and avoiding times and places when people are more likely to be driving drunk.
Accident victims in New Jersey may be upset or seriously injured after a car crash, and it can be difficult to consider all of the things to look out for immediately after a wreck. However, keeping some tips in mind can help to establish a record that can help people when they go to their insurance company. It can be important to document both property damage and injuries at the scene and after a car accident in order to protect accident victims later on.
There are a number of different reasons car accidents can occur in New Jersey. The police and the insurance claims adjusters have to identify the cause or causes of the crashes for various reasons. Law enforcement needs the information to determine who has to be given a ticket. The insurance company requires the information to identify the at-fault party, to whom the claims payment should be issued and the amount of the payment.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine brought attention to a widespread issue in the ride-sharing industry back in April 2018, and its position statement on the matter should be of interest to New Jersey road users. Many ride-sharing drivers, compelled by salary incentives and low fares, are overworking themselves to the point that they become drowsy behind the wheel.
The 2018 Global Status Report on Road Safety has revealed that traffic fatalities have increased and are now listed as the eighth leading cause of death worldwide. There were approximately 1.35 million traffic-related deaths in 2016, the most recent year that information is available. This new study has implications for drivers in New Jersey, where 624 people died in 2018 in traffic-related fatalities.
Side collisions can be some of the most dangerous auto accidents on New Jersey roads. However, the ZF Group is developing a new safety feature that could reduce the severity of vehicle occupant injuries in such crashes. The feature is a predictive system linked to external airbags on both sides of a vehicle.
Many New Jersey motorists have unfortunately been in a rear-end collision. Such crashes can cause debilitating whiplash injuries even when they occur at low speeds, but a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggests that forward collision sensing technology and automatic braking systems can prevent them about 40 percent of the time.
Driving in direct sunlight can increase the risk for a fatal auto accident by 16 percent. The rays can create visual illusions, hurt drivers' eyes and even slow their reaction times. This is why drivers in New Jersey who go out in the early mornings or late afternoons need to know how they can keep themselves safe.