According to federal data, heatstroke is the leading cause of non-accident motor vehicle deaths among children younger than 14. In 2011, more than 30 children died of heatstroke after being left in a vehicle, and 2010 saw nearly 50 such deaths.
According to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teenage and young drivers are more likely than any other age group to be involved in fatal car accidents. The reasons for this increased risk are inexperience, distraction and a higher likelihood of engaging in high-risk behavior behind the wheel.
Two years ago, following an unprecedented increase in pedestrian deaths, the New Jersey legislature took action and passed stricter requirements and penalties for drivers and pedestrians in Bergen County and throughout the state. Under the new law, motorists are required to stop at pedestrian crosswalks, instead of merely yielding.
It is always a tragic occurrence when someone is killed in a motor vehicle accident, regardless of the circumstances surrounding the crash or the nature of victim and his or her life. But sometimes, there are details about such an incident that make it even more difficult to bear. Unfortunately, a recent fatal motorcycle accident, in which a 32-year-old father was killed while participating in a charity bike ride, is one such situation.
With all the attention that has been paid to distracted driving in recent years, it is almost shocking to read statistics indicating that drivers continue to text and talk while behind the wheel. Yet according to a new survey of teenage drivers, that is exactly what is happening: about 30 percent of respondents stated that they had sent or read a text while driving in the past month, and nearly half said that they had made a cell phone call without a hands-free device.
Despite efforts to implement more stringent graduated licensing requirements and procedures for teenage drivers, the number of teens killed in motor vehicle accidents is on the rise, according to a new study.
The wife of a New Jersey construction worker who was killed when he was struck by lightning on the job has reportedly filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the construction companies that employed her husband. In her suit, the wife alleges that the companies' on-site safety personnel had failed to sufficiently monitor the weather conditions that ultimately caused her husband's death.
After a hit-and-run accident took the lives of two New Jersey residents, police investigators had little evidence with which to locate and apprehend the unknown driver. However, after some dedicated detective work and a little bit of luck, the police located and arrested the suspect a few days ago, hopefully providing some closure to the families of the crash victims.
According to federal traffic safety data, the number of deaths on U.S. roads has decreased significantly in recent years. However, the decline in fatal car accidents is not due to safer and more conscientious driving habits, but to innovative safety features in new vehicles.
Pedestrians who walk along older state highways are at a greater risk of being fatally struck by a motor vehicle, according to a new report. This increased pedestrian accident rate is present even on streets with sidewalks, indicating that New Jersey transportation need to do more to make streets safer for walkers and bicyclists.