New Jersey residents may benefit from a recent study on distracted driving that was conducted by the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety. The study found that taking their eyes off of the road, even for just two seconds, could be extremely dangerous for drivers, especially those going 70 miles per hour. In fact, during those two seconds, a driver going that fast will have covered 200 feet, which is about half the length of a football field.
On April 26 around 8:30 a.m., a collision occurred in East Greenwich in which two 22-year-old women were killed. The driver of one vehicle is one of the deceased; she was a resident of Pennsauken. Her front seat passenger, who was from Berlin, also died. Both women were thrown from the car, and police reported that they died at the scene.
Several people were injured when a car collided with a New Jersey Transit bus in Newark on May 1. The crash happened shortly before 2 a.m.
Police have reported that a fatal car accident occurred in Morris County, New Jersey, on Saturday, April 18. The head-on collision happened in Washington Township and caused the death of a local New Jersey man.
On April 16, a 43-year-old New Jersey woman was handed several criminal charges stemming from a hit-and-run accident that had taken place one week earlier. According to New Jersey State Police, the accused woman struck a man in Bloomfield and then left the scene of the accident. The 63-year-old man who was hit by the woman's vehicle was seriously injured.
The World Health Organization estimates that between 250,000 and 500,000 people suffer spinal cord injuries worldwide each year. Of these injuries, an estimated 90 percent occur as a result of car accidents, violence and falls. New Jersey drivers are just as prone to spinal cord injuries as anyone else, with devastating financial, mental, emotional and physical consequences. Among other potential problems, the organization notes that people with these types of injuries are at a greatly increased risk of premature death from a number of complications.
According to New Jersey state police officers, a 71-year-old New York City man allegedly fell asleep behind the wheel of his car, causing a chain reaction collision involving four vehicles. The incident happened on the Garden State Parkway on April 6 around 8:30 p.m. in the highway's left lane near mile marker 168.5.
On March 26, an Englewood Cliffs man died and his wife was hurt when a tire came loose from a pickup truck and led to a four-vehicle crash on I-80 in Denville. The accident occurred shortly after 7 p.m., according to authorities.
A vehicle driven by a 71-year-old woman crashed through the storefront of the Cluck-U-Chicken eatery in Red Bank just before noon on March 3. The vehicle struck and injured a patron standing inside the restaurant as well as an employee. The car accident also caused major physical damage to the business, destroying computer equipment and refrigerators, forcing store to close.
While many New Jersey drivers know that impaired driving is a big problem, they may not understand just how many people impaired driving kills or injures every day. Across the nation, almost 30 people die every day in crashes involving an impaired driver. That amounts to approximately one person every 51 minutes.