Thanks to advances in vehicle safety technology, New Jersey pickup truck drivers are less likely to be injured in a crash than ever before. However, a recent study finds that truck passengers aren't as lucky.
Drivers in New Jersey will want to be more careful around signalized intersections because the number of deaths due to red light running is increasing. In 2017, there were 939 such deaths: the highest it has been in 10 years according to a recent AAA report. Just over a third of the fatalities were the offending drivers while the rest were pedestrians, cyclists or occupants in the other vehicle.
Aggressive law enforcement and powerful public information campaigns have helped to lower drunk driving fatalities by about a third in just 30 years, but more than 10,000 road users still die each year around the county in motor vehicle accidents caused by a motorist impaired by alcohol. The legal intoxication threshold for New Jersey drivers is a blood alcohol concentration of .08%, but medical research reveals that motorists can be dangerously impaired with far lower BACs.
Insurify has looked into its database of more than 1.6 million insurance quotes in order to compile a list of 10 newer vehicles that are involved in the most at-fault accidents in New Jersey and across the U.S. To be considered, the insurance quotes had to mention the vehicle's make and model and whether the vehicle had been in a crash before.
The audio commands and touchscreens used to control in-vehicle technologies are too distracting for many older drivers in New Jersey and around the country, according to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the University of Utah. As a result, the authors of the study are calling on car manufacturers to develop designs that are user-friendly for all ages.
Motorists around the country were involved in approximately 6,452,000 traffic accidents in 2017 according to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Auto insurance companies study data from NHTSA and other agencies when assessing risks in New Jersey and other parts of the country, and they sometimes release their findings to the public.
Driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious offense in New Jersey, as anywhere else, and can lead to fatal car accidents. Based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it appears that DUI-related fatality rates are their highest on the Fourth of July than during any other major U.S. holiday. From 2010 to 2017, a total of 1,192 people died in DUI crashes on the Fourth of July.
As a general trend in urbanization continues, the rates in some categories of traffic fatalities have increased as well, which would be of interest to drivers in many New Jersey urban areas. Of some concern is the very slight decrease in traffic fatalities overall as well as the higher increase in pedestrian and cyclist fatalities.
Much has been made of promoting highway safety throughout New Jersey and the rest of the country. The recent focus of public awareness campaigns have been on issues such as drunk and distracted driving. 'Don't drink and drive" and 'don't text while driving" are the clear and simple messages for these widely known problems. However, these campaigns have done little to address another major threat to the roads -- drowsy driving.
New Jersey motorists who drive too fast should beware. From July 14 to 20, law enforcement officers throughout North America will be targeting speeding drivers during Operation Safe Driver Week, an annual event sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.