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Motor Vehicle Accidents Archives

Evening hours pose greatest risk for accidents

Motorists in New Jersey and across the United States are in greater danger of being involved in a motor vehicle accident when driving at night versus daytime driving. The National Safety Council estimates that driving at night puts drivers at three times a greater risk of being involved in an accident. When Daylight Savings Time ends each year, more people drive home from work in the dark. Because driving in the dark can alter depth perception, compromise peripheral vision and affect color recognition, this means that drivers need to take steps to be safe in the evening hours.

Study shows increase in fatalities with teenage drivers

New research indicates that New Jersey teenagers who drive with teen passengers may be at increased risk of being involved in a fatal car crash. The study, which was done by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, indicates that when teens drove with other teens in their vehicles, the risk of fatality increased by 51 percent.

RED program's realistic elements may boost drivers ed for teens

New Jersey residents with fears about their teenage children's driving habits will want to know about a study from Baylor University. Researchers there focused on a supplemental drivers' education program called the Texas Reality Education for Drivers program, and they found that its interactive, reality-based elements could help increase teens' risk awareness.

How drivers can safely share the road with school buses

When the school season starts in New Jersey, residents need to be more careful behind the wheel. Children can dart out into the street, and not always at a crosswalk; school buses will become a fixture on the roads; and school zones will require drivers to slow down. With the following tips, safety-minded drivers will be able to reduce their chances of an accident.

Certain drivers more likely to drive while using their phones

Distracted driving is a major road hazard in the state of New Jersey and across the nation. For example, those who use their smartphones to text while they are driving are six times more likely to become involved in a car crash than those who do not. However, even though many drivers are aware of just how dangerous texting and driving may be, they are willing to take the risk.

Study shows distracted driving at its peak in summer

As the public policy division of a leading provider of property casualty insurance, the Travelers Institute has good reason to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. Drivers in New Jersey will be interested to hear about the Every Second Matters™ event, which was just launched. The institute hosted this event on Capitol Hill on June 15 and also issued a report intended to get the conversation started about distracted driving.

Reviewing the most common July Fourth accidents

Residents of New Jersey may be too busy having fun to think about safety during the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. Still, it's wise to know what the most common risks are. For instance, Esurance and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety claim that Independence Day is the deadliest day for drivers. In fact, about 40 percent of all highway deaths between 2007 and 2011 were caused by intoxicated drivers over the July Fourth weekend.

Study provides more evidence of seat belt safety benefits

New Jersey has a seat belt law that applies to drivers and both front and rear seat passengers. Because it is a primary law, police officers in the Garden State can pull vehicles over and ticket their occupants for violating it. Advocacy groups have urged lawmakers in other states to enact similar legislation, and these calls are backed up by a growing body of evidence about the road safety benefits of seat belt use. The results of another study dealing with this issue have been published online by the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

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