New Jersey residents can probably imagine how hard it is to determine fault in a multi-vehicle accident. Even between two vehicles, it takes a lot of investigating before the fault can be correctly distributed. Still, those involved in a multi-vehicle accident can follow the process summarized below to determine fault.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has a study out that shows how distracting the safety features on newer vehicles can be. Drivers in New Jersey should know that smartphones are far from the only source of distraction: Anything that causes a driver to become inattentive is a distraction, including eating and drinking.
Scientists are investigating ways in which technology could reduce the number of fatalities and injuries caused by distracted driving crashes. Many of these accidents are attributed to technology; specifically texting or surfing the internet while driving or otherwise using a smartphone. However, artificial intelligence holds some potential for new safety features that could be integrated into cars and trucks. After all, distracted driving crashes cost around $40 million in damages each year and take around nine lives each day across the country. The toll of those injured in these collisions is even greater.
Parents in New Jersey may want to speak with their teens about the dangers of distracted driving. October 20 to 26 has been designated as Teen Driver Safety Week, and in time for this, researchers at Michigan State University have revealed some important facts that they discovered after a distracted driving study.
A study from Ball State University shows that more and more commercial truck drivers are reporting sleep deprivation. They are not the only ones, but their profession is among those that have been hardest hit. New Jersey residents should know that between 2010 and 2018, the percentage of respondents who said they get less than seven hours of sleep rose from 30.9% to 35.6%.
A survey looking at cars that are currently on roadways in New Jersey and across the country found that one model has been involved in more at-fault crashes than any other. The study made use of statistics gathered by Insurify as part of its insurance quote process. Drivers were asked the make and model of their cars and whether their vehicle had ever been in an accident. The study indicated that 13.64% of car models had been involved in a crash.
Drivers in New Jersey may not realize just how many distractions they face behind the wheel. Anything that takes their attention from the road can be considered a distraction. This includes calling; texting; the use of infotainment systems; and even basic activities like eating, drinking, and talking with passengers.
A study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has discovered that rear seats are lagging behind front seats in terms of safety. Automotive experts have been so busy incorporating new devices for front seats that rear-seat safety remains, in essence, the same as it was in the 1990s. New Jersey residents may want to think twice about sitting in the back of a car.
Between 2010 and 2017, a total of 1,192 people died in drunk driving crashes on the Fourth of July. This is according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System. This makes Independence Day the deadliest of the major U.S. holidays for DUI fatalities. New Jersey residents should know that Memorial Day came in second with 1,105 deaths during that same eight-year span.
New Jersey parents may be concerned about the safety of their teens driving during the summer months. With summer comes a break from school and a range of new activities that may prompt teens to drive more frequently. Jobs, internships, camps, parties and other summer activities often require teens to transport themselves, so they may find themselves driving much more frequently than they do during the school year. In addition, restrictions like curfews are often loosened during the summer, so teens may be more likely to drive at night.