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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More than 800,000 2017-2018 Nissan Rogues in New Jersey and across the US have been found to have defective automatic emergency braking systems. This safety feature, which is meant to brake for drivers when faced with stationary or slow-moving objects, will activate for no reason at all, sometimes abruptly and forcefully, putting both drivers and anyone behind them at risk for a crash.
Since 2017, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has been complementing its driver-side crash tests with the testing of passenger sides. Focusing on newer two-row pickup trucks, the IIHS has found a discrepancy between driver safety and passenger safety of which New Jersey residents should be aware.