Some ridesharing drivers in New Jersey and across the U.S. are endangering both themselves and others through sleep deprivation. This is because many of them overwork themselves to meet certain salary incentives. Most ridesharing drivers are independent contractors, which means they are never screened for medical conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea.
Traffic accidents are a major concern to people in New Jersey and around the world. Indeed, World Health Organization statistics indicate that motor vehicle accidents are the eighth most common cause of death on a global level. In 2016, deaths related to traffic reached 1.35 million in 2016, moving ahead of tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS as a major public health and safety risk. The figures were released as part of the WHO's 2018 Global Status Report on Road Safety. The report's foreword noted that roadway safety often does not receive sufficient attention as a global issue.
While it may be tougher to drive on New Jersey roads when the weather gets cold and snowy, it is not impossible to do so safely. To avoid an accident, drivers should increase their following distance to at least eight seconds behind the vehicles in front of theirs. Furthermore, it is not a good idea to use cruise control or to accelerate too quickly. Those who are driving up a hill should not stop or slow down.
Truckers in New Jersey, as elsewhere, may find themselves frustrated by current hours-of-service guidelines. For example, many complain about the rule requiring them to take a 30-minute rest break after driving for eight consecutive hours; according to them, it can create delays, force them to speed to make up for lost time and bring on drowsiness earlier in their shift.
New Jersey residents who are mobile workers or the employers of a grey fleet may be interested to know the results of the 2018 Distracted Driving Report offered by Motus, a workforce management company. Motus has linked the increase in car crashes among mobile workers to an increase in smartphone ownership.
New Jersey residents who plan on taking a road trip during the summer are probably aware that others have similar plans. This means more cars on the road and, unfortunately, more crashes. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car and motorcycle crashes are the number one cause of traumatic brain injuries. This should be a cause for concern for everyone out on the road.
On New Jersey roadways and highways across the nation, drowsy driving is one of the leading contributing factors in catastrophic motor vehicle accidents. Truck drivers are particularly prone to falling into the drowsy driver category because they can often feel pushed to deliver the load they're hauling in a timely manner. Since trucking is their livelihood, some truckers may literally drive themselves to their own physical limitations.
In 2017, there were 37,150 fatalities on the nation's roads, according to U.S. DoT data. This is a 10 percent increase from 2014, and many experts believe that distracted driving has a large part to play in it. Drivers in New Jersey who are concerned about this trend, which is being aggravated by advances in technology, can consider the results of several recent studies made on the subject.
Drivers in New Jersey should exercise caution when sharing the road with large trucks. One thing to remember is that truck accidents often end in death, and that in 97 percent of these fatal crashes, it is the occupant of a passenger vehicle who dies. When victims survive, they are usually left with serious physical and mental trauma.
New Jersey residents likely know the dangers posed by not paying attention while walking in the street. According to a Governors Highway Safety Association report, 5,984 pedestrians were killed in car accidents in 2017. That is roughly the same as 2016, and there was a 9 percent increase in pedestrian deaths between 2015 and 2016. A variety of factors are attributed to the increasing number of such deaths in recent years.