For motorists in New Jersey, going through a car crash can be an extremely traumatic experience. From the immediate injuries and damages to the extensive followup required to secure compensation, car accidents can lead to a lot of stress. That's why it's important for motorists to be prepared and understand what to do in the moments and days following an auto crash.
Traffic engineers in New Jersey and across the United States are continually looking for ways to lower the risks that drivers and passengers face on the roadways. This is especially true for intersections, as the conjunction points of roads can be some of the most dangerous locations as cars come together from different directions, sometimes at higher rates of speed. Drivers are aware that the risk at intersections often exceeds that elsewhere on the roads, but the points are often the location for fatal crashes or accidents causing serious injury.
The Federal Highway Administration reports that 22 percent of all car accidents are weather-related. With its cold temperatures, freezing rain and heavy snow, winter is perhaps the most dangerous season of all.
The winter months have been linked to an increase in heart attacks while the Thanksgiving holiday, in particular, has been linked to an increase in car accidents. An increase in heart problems has been noted in both cooler climates such as New Jersey as well as in warmer climates. Therefore, it is thought that it may have something to do with increased fat, salt or alcohol consumption during the holidays.
New Jersey motorists may have to wait a while before they see self-driving vehicles on the roads. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a report, which it will make public by the end of November, stating that it needs input on what research to conduct before it can develop safety standards for such vehicles. Advocates are pushing for Congress to act.
Working the night shift leads to an irregular sleep-wake cycle, which increases the risk for drowsiness, especially when driving. Drowsy driving is a public health hazard in New Jersey and across the U.S. To discover just how much of a danger it is, researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital conducted a study.
New Jersey motorists should be aware that the increased use of mobile phones is a factor in the growing number of fatal motor vehicle accidents. This is after the number of deaths on the road had been dropping for decades. The number of traffic fatalities in the United States has spiked by 14.4 percent during the past two years. Over 100 people perished on average each day in 2016 in America either in or near a vehicle.
While there is no way to truly predict when or where an accident will occur, it is important to know that there are specific places and times of day that are more prone to traffic crashes. With this information in mind, there are some steps drivers can take to increase their chances of avoiding an accident.
Texting on a handheld device while behind the wheel is against the law in New Jersey, yet people still do it. Cell phone use while driving, particularly texting, has become common and pushed many states to pass laws against it. A survey by Progressive Insurance finds that most people believe texting while driving should be illegal, yet many still do it anyway.
New Jersey residents may be aware that several companies have vowed to bring a fully autonomous vehicle to the market within five years, but some experts believe that this timetable is highly optimistic. While self-driving cars promise to one day drastically reduce motor vehicle accident deaths and ease congestion, there are a number of financial, legal and psychological hurdles that must be cleared first.