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.
Four people are recovering after a chain reaction car accident that took place on the Garden State Parkway earlier this week. One man suffered severe head and hip injuries after his car was forced off the road and into a tree. He was said to be in critical condition following the crash.
In recent years, state and federal government traffic safety officials have run a massive campaign, attempting to educate drivers on the many dangers of talking, texting or emailing on a cell phone from behind the wheel. And, in some ways, that campaign has been highly successful. Multiple surveys show that drivers in Hackensack and throughout the state and country are now well aware that distracted driving significantly increases the chances of car accidents, injuries and fatalities. But, as those same surveys indicate, motorists continue to text and drive.
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.
Under a new state law, New Jersey drivers who fail to properly restrain their pets in the car could face criminal charges and financial penalties. The goal of the new restraint requirement is to reduce the number of car accidents caused by drivers who are distracted by their pets, and to protect animals from harm in the event of a crash. In a 2010 AAA survey, more than 31 percent of drivers said that they were distracted by their dog while driving.
The United States Secretary of Commerce has reportedly decided to take a leave of absence following a series of car accidents that took place over the weekend. According to media reports, the crashes occurred when Commerce Secretary John Bryson had a seizure behind the wheel. No one was injured in either accident, but the Secretary's health is reportedly motivating his decision to temporarily leave his post.
After a rigorous series of tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an independent analysis has created a list of the seven most dangerous motor vehicles sold in the U.S. Topping the list is the Dodge Ram, which earned the dubious honor through its low crash test scores and low JD Power Initial Quality rating.
In a decision that was widely tracked both in and outside of New Jersey, a judge has ruled that the sender of a text message cannot be held responsible for any accidents that take place as a result of the recipient's reading or responding to that text message.
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.