Every year in the U.S., many thousands of people die in vehicle accidents, several hundred of them in New Jersey, while those injured in car crashes number several million, according to Fortune magazine. Along with this tragic cost in lives comes a cost to society. A very real financial cost that in 2016 was $432 billion. This total accounts for property damage, medical expenses, administrative expenses and lost wages and productivity. Worse even than these costs is the knowledge that many accidents can be avoided.
On the road, many different risks are present. For example, drivers have to watch out for the recklessness of other drivers, poor weather conditions, and other hazards such as downed signs. However, it is essential to realize that wildlife can pose a serious risk, especially in certain parts of the country. Sadly, a large animal can run onto the road, giving a driver little time to come to a stop or avoid a collision. When this occurs, a fatal crash may follow, causing incredible suffering.
Ocean County residents may often believe that the strength of their own driving skills will help them to avoid accidents out on the road. While defensive driving may certainly help reduce the chances of one causing a collision, he or she may have little control over the actions of others on the road. Sadly, the negligent choices of a select few while behind the wheel can often produce devastating consequences for others. Those consequences may range from extensive damage to a vehicle to serious injuries or (in some cases) even death.
New Jersey news media is reporting that a new study claims that drowsy drivers can be just as dangerous to other motorists as drunk or drugged drivers. The AAA study says that drowsy driving causes many more motor vehicle accidents, injuries and fatalities than was previously believed.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls from heights continue to be the leading cause of preventable death for construction workers. Winter weather hazards like icy surfaces, extremely low temperatures, and weather-related factors like wind or freezing rain can all contribute to worker illness and injury.
Snow, ice and black ice are common dangers that New Jersey drivers may experience while on the roads during the winter months. Black ice may be especially dangerous because it isn't always apparent that it is there until a driver loses control of a vehicle. It may be possible to avoid accidents and other winter driving dangers by allowing more time to reach a destination.
New Jersey motorists who use their smartphones while behind the wheel should know that they increase the chances that they may be involved in a motor vehicle accident. Their behavior may also be a factor in the rise of traffic deaths.
Drivers in New Jersey may think that a car is more convenient or fun to drive with voice controls or other modern features. However, research has shown that many dashboard features and other technology included in new vehicles may be more of a safety risk. A study was conducted by the University of Utah that had drivers between the ages of 21 and 36 perform a series of tasks while driving.
New Jersey residents might like to know about multiple studies regarding headlight usage while driving. Using headlights throughout the day, even when it's bright out, may reduce the chances of an accident. Some vehicles do come with daytime running lights, but most do not have this feature. Therefore, it's usually up to drivers to turn on their headlights.
A recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) indicates that collision avoidance systems are helping to prevent accidents in New Jersey and throughout the U.S. These safety mechanisms are designed to prevent drivers from drifting into other cars or obstructions.