Are you taking a road trip this winter or spring as a means of escaping the cold weather? Are you already planning a trip for your family this summer?
New Jersey was the first state to criminalize drowsy driving. But has it helped? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently reported that sleep-deprived drivers are responsible for 100,000 car accidents pet year. Those accidents injure over 70,000 people and kill approximately 1,500 people.
When most people think of distracted driving, they imagine someone talking on a cell phone or texting while driving.
New Jersey is one of about a dozen states that has no fault laws relating to motor vehicle accidents and insurance. This means your sources for recovering damages from the accident are more limited. When a New Jersey driver gets into an accident, he or she must first seek to recover damages from his or her auto insurance policy. New Jersey drivers are legally required to carry auto insurance that insures themselves against damages and injuries resulting from an auto accident. There are a restricted number of situations -- in which certain statutory conditions must first be met -- when drivers are permitted to recover non-economic damages. If certain requirements are met, injured drivers may file a personal injury claim against the other driver for damages caused by the other driver's negligence.
More New Jersey drivers are replacing their hand-held devices with in-vehicle infotainment systems that allow them to do the tasks they would normally do using their smart phones. Unfortunately, these built-in dashboard features can be more distracting than helpful. If you plan to use your infotainment system, here's what you should know.
New Jersey motorists may be interested in learning more about what do to when they become involved in an accident caused by another party. Even though each motorist is responsible for contacting their own insurer, the driver who is apparently at fault may be reluctant to do so. If the crash is caused by the other driver, motorists are advised to obtain vital information and take pictures as evidence for filing a claim.
As many New Jersey drivers may know, sleepiness is often involved in car accidents. According to a joint effort by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Institutes of Health, sleepiness may cause crashes as a result of driver impairment.
According to authorities with the New Jersey State Police, a 77-year-old man was killed when a tire detached from another vehicle, striking his vehicle and causing a four-vehicle accident. Reportedly, the accident happened on I-80 near Denville around 7:00 p.m.
New Jersey residents might be interested to learn about a new study looking into teenage driving distractions. Researchers at Oregon State University say that about 40 percent of teenagers who were surveyed admitted that they send or receive text messages while they drive. The findings are apparently positive, as some earlier studies had showed higher percentages.