Drivers in New Jersey and elsewhere love their cellphones and in-vehicle infotainment systems. Unfortunately, these devices are causing an increase in distracted driving accidents on U.S. roads.
Many New Jersey motorists are concerned about the threat that road rage can pose. People have lost their lives in road rage incidents, especially when guns are involved. There were 247 incidents around the country of drivers brandishing guns in 2014, and that number rose to 620 in 2016. In the first half of 2017, there were 325 such incidents, pointing towards a new high. In some cases, raging drivers use their cars as weapons, running over or hitting people they believe have wronged them.
More and more people in New Jersey and across the U.S. are dying at the hands of drivers who run red lights. Red light running crashes led to 939 deaths in 2017, which the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says is the highest the number has been in 10 years. Approximately 46% of the victims were drivers or passengers in the other vehicle while 35% of those killed were the offending drivers.
When people in New Jersey go to a hospital or a doctor, they expect to receive an accurate diagnosis of their health conditions. However, they may face a surprisingly common likelihood of misdiagnosis in some cases. Vasculitis is a type of inflammation of the blood vessels, which can be dangerous at times. However, there are other conditions that can appear to resemble vasculitis, but the effective treatments for the inflammatory condition could actually lead to worsened health in these cases.
Drivers in New Jersey and around the country who get behind the wheel after taking opioid medications are twice as likely to die in a crash, according to a study published recently in JAMA Network Open. A research team from Columbia University came to this conclusion after scrutinizing 18,321 accident reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Residents of New Jersey who feel drowsy after daylight saving time should know that this can increase their risk of a car crash. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety upholds the opinion that everyone should sleep at least seven hours each night. The organization found that those who miss one to two hours of sleep in a 24-hour period nearly double their risk for an auto accident.
Driving distracted is a menace to the motorists of New Jersey. According to federal data, distractions account for about 10 percent of all fatal car crashes. What's more, these unnecessary diversions come in all shapes and sizes: for example, a hot cup of coffee that gets spilled, a child begging for attention or a call on a cellphone that needs to be answered.
Ridesharing drivers in New Jersey run the risk of becoming sleep-deprived at the wheel. Especially in the early morning and late at night, when sleepiness is at its peak, drivers can put themselves and others in danger. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine published a position statement back in April 2018 that brought attention to this public safety issue.
Many motor vehicle accidents in New Jersey result in blunt abdominal trauma with two of the most frequently damaged organs being the liver and spleen. In the case of a severe injury, the spleen can be removed but not the liver, which is why everything possible should be done to protect against liver injuries. One important step is to use the seat belt.
Residents of New Jersey may want to think about how much sleep they are getting and how that affects their driving abilities. Experts recommend between seven and nine hours of sleep, but surveys from the U.S. Department of Transportation and other organizations show that about one in three adult drivers fails to get this much. This is important to know because drowsy driving accounts for 7 percent of all car crashes in the U.S., including 16 percent of fatal crashes.