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Why car accidents occur

There are many reasons drivers in New Jersey can get into accidents. The insurance claims adjuster and law enforcement have to determine the causes of accidents to determine who is at fault. This information is important to the police because it helps identify who should receive a ticket. It is also important for the insurance company because it helps determine who is to receive a claims payment and the amount the payment is to be.

Study shows more drivers using phone in dangerous ways

New Jersey drivers might be using their cell phones to make calls less frequently, but the incidence of using them to text, email or in other ways while behind the wheel might have increased. According to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released on Jan. 24, in 2018, it was 57 percent more likely that drivers would be seen using their phones for non-calling purposes compared to 2014. However, fewer drivers were using the phone to make calls in 2018.

Collision avoidance systems will reverse spike in traffic deaths

Advanced collision avoidance technologies in cars will soon make roads in New Jersey and elsewhere much safer, according to a new analysis by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. This will reverse the increase in U.S. traffic fatality numbers that has occurred over the past seven years.

How drivers can stay safe in the winter

Drivers in New Jersey should keep the following tips in mind before they head out in icy or snowy conditions. It all starts with having a properly winterized vehicle. A mechanic could check components like the battery, brakes, spark plugs and ignition. The mechanic could also ensure the right tire pressure and antifreeze levels.

Driving safely during bright sunlight hours

Studies show that traffic accident risks increase by 16 percent during the early morning and afternoon hours in New Jersey and across the United States. This spike occurs because of the bright sunlight that can cause visual illusions during the sunrise and sunset. Taking steps to drive safely during these times can help to keep pedestrians, cyclists and vehicle passengers safe.

AAA releases data on teen driver fatality rates

Teen drivers in New Jersey should know that National Teen Driver Safety Week was held in October. As a part of this movement to raise awareness about the risks that teen drivers face, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released some new data showing that teens face higher risks for fatal accidents when they have only teen passengers.

AAA study reveals an overreliance on safety tech

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has released a study showing that many drivers do not understand the limits of vehicle safety technology like blind-spot monitoring systems, automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. This overreliance on technology has become a concern in New Jersey and across the U.S., raising questions as to whether drivers are really prepared for autonomous vehicles.

The young and old are guilty of distracted driving

Despite the many traffic laws aimed at prevention, distracted driving continues to be a problem in New Jersey and across the country. Because distracted driving often involves phone use, many people tend to assume that younger drivers are the most likely offenders. However, a new study suggests that more mature adults are actually the biggest culprits when it comes to phone use behind the wheel.

Drugged driving on the rise, says new GHSA study

Residents of New Jersey may already be aware that drugs like marijuana and opioids can impair one's driving. While there are limitations to current studies of the effect of drug use on crash risk, what's certain is that it does impair and is on the rise. The Governors Highway Safety Association has conducted a study of drivers who were fatally injured in 2016, finding that 44 percent of them tested positive for drugs.

Study says that more people are using phones while driving

More drivers in New Jersey and across the United States are regularly talking on their cell phones while behind the wheel, according to a new survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The study, which was released on March 29, asked 2,613 licensed drivers about their cellphone habits while behind the wheel over the past 30 days.

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