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Warning devices may not detect children in hot vehicles

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.

Study: Young drivers are most likely to be in fatal crashes

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.

New Jersey law aims to prevent pedestrian accident deaths

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.

New Jersey man killed during charity motorcycle ride

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.

New Jersey teens know the risks, but continue to drive distracted

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.

New Jersey wife files suit over husband's lightning strike death

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.

Investigation leads New Jersey police to hit-and-run suspect

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.

Speeding, aggressive driving responsible for 1/3 of traffic deaths

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.

New Jersey pedestrians have greater crash risk on older highways

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.