With the end of daylight savings time come shorter days and more wildlife activity. As more drivers find themselves out between dusk and dawn, the period when wildlife is most active, they increase their risk of colliding with the animals. Autumn is an especially busy time for deer and bears. This is why experts recommend that drivers in and around New Jersey take several precautions to avoid such accidents. This advice is good year-round.
New Jersey drivers with collision avoidance systems in their vehicles may be less likely to have an accident than those who do not. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted a study using data from 2015 that looked at accidents involving blind spots and moving into other lanes. After examining 5,000 accidents, it found that those involving head-on crashes or sideswipes were lower by 11 percent for vehicles with the warning system. Furthermore, the same type of injury accidents were lower by 21 percent.
New Jersey residents may know that many experts believe that autonomous vehicle technology could one day considerably reduce the frequency of automobile accidents caused by human error. Tesla has included many of the latest autonomous safety systems on its luxury Model S sedan, and its CEO Elon Musk is on record as saying that his company's flagship model is the safest car ever built. However, the Model S has struggled to live up to Musk's comments in tests designed to determine how cars, SUVs and pickup trucks perform in real-world accident situations.
If a person is in a bus accident in New Jersey several different entities might be responsible. Since a bus is what is known as a "common carrier", it is held to a high standard of safety just like other common carriers such as planes, cabs and cruise ships. In general, a legal standard of "reasonableness" is applied when determining liability. This means that while a bus driver who is unsafe might be held responsible in case of an accident, if the bus is hit by a drunk driver, the bus driver is unlikely to be liable.
New Jersey truck drivers who get their commercial drivers licenses on or after Feb. 7, 2020 will be required to abide by new training rules. The rule went into effect on June 5, and carriers and other stakeholders must also be in full compliance with it by February 2020. Drivers must take behind-the-wheel training to get their license, and trainers must be part of a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration registry.
New Jersey residents who drive pickups, SUVs and minivans may be safer than motorists in some other types of vehicles, according to a new study. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that per million pickups registered, there were 26 driver fatalities. This was below the average of 30 driver fatalities per million registered vehicles and well below the figure for cars of 39 fatalities per million.
Authorities in New Jersey might eventually have a tool to identify distracted driving caused by cellphone usage. In the past, this has been difficult to establish, but now a device, informally called a textalyzer, is in development. The device could change the way police are able to establish when a driver had been using a cellphone illegally just prior to a crash.
While teens are often inseparable from their cellphones, all New Jersey motorists need to be aware of the dangers of using one while operating a vehicle as one in three motorists have reportedly made a habit of distracted driving. An AT&T campaign found that more than half of drivers keep their smartphones within reaching distance while behind the wheel, and people use their smartphones while driving to post on social media, use apps, get on the internet, take photos or video chat.
Car crashes happen all the time because people are not able to brake in time. Brake-related accidents include driving into the back of a stopped vehicle, not braking in time to avoid an accident or failing to stop at a red light.
A future in which self-driving cars occupy the roads in New Jersey could substantially change the nature of personal injury claims after accidents. An insurance expert with four decades of claims experience predicted that product liability claims could make up the bulk of legal actions when injured victims want to recover damages.