Road safety is only one of the many things that have seen significant changes since 2019. Because of adjustments in work schedules, virtual employment, online school and safety concerns, 2020 and the first part of 2021 saw a decrease in the number of drivers on New Jersey roads. As more of life returns to normal, there are more drivers sharing roads and interstates. Unfortunately, this is a cause for concern as it appears many drivers are engaging in risky behaviors.
Statistics and studies into driver behavior reveal troubling facts about how people operate their vehicles and how their actions affect others. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that the roads in the United States are more dangerous in 2021 than at any other point. It is more likely that crashes will occur, and you may be one of the innocent victims of these trends.
The problem of distraction
Many drivers find it difficult to focus on the task at hand because of phone use, in-car GPS systems and other factors. Even seemingly minor things, such as drinking coffee, can be dangerously distracting for a driver. Because of the increased use of phones and various other reasons, distracted driving continues to be one of the leading causes of accidents. Studies of driver behavior and car accident numbers revealed that as many as 70% of drivers are engaging in distracting behaviors while behind the wheel on a daily basis.
The problem with speeding
Speeding is one of the most common forms of reckless driving seen on the road. While speeding is not a new safety issue, recent trends indicate that drivers are going faster than ever. Traveling over the speed limit can make an accident more likely, and it can increase the severity of the impacts of a crash. In a recent nationwide report, there was a 23% increase in the number of vehicles traveling 75 miles per hour or higher.
Knowing your rights
As statistics indicate that roads are getting more dangerous, it is more important than ever for victims of car accidents to know their rights. If you are suffering because of the negligent or reckless actions of another driver, it is possible you have grounds to pursue recourse through the form of a civil claim. After an accident, you will benefit from exploring the legal options available to you based on the details of your individual situation.