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What to make of coverage of autonomous vehicles

When a semi-autonomous vehicle gets into an accident, there tends to be a lot of scrutiny about why it happened. Some believe that the coverage is unfair compared to how accidents involving traditional vehicles are covered. However, there can be a benefit for New Jersey residents to making sure that new technology is as safe as it is touted to be. It can also be considered irresponsible to overlook any accident case regardless of what type of vehicle was involved.

Tired drivers could pose a risk for rideshare passengers

According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, those who drive for ridesharing companies may do so while experiencing a variety of health issues. For example, they could be prone to driving while tired because they are sleep deprived or develop problems maintaining a normal circadian rhythm. In addition, drivers may not be screened for health problems that make them less alert while behind the wheel.

Daydreaming can be dangerous behind the wheel

Many people in New Jersey are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, especially as legislation, public awareness campaigns and police activity have targeted cell phone use and texting while driving. Distracted driving comes in all forms, from eating while behind the wheel to tuning the radio. However, the most common and dangerous form of distracted driving involves no technology at all and may be the most difficult to combat: daydreaming while behind the wheel.

Fall safety the subject of annual construction stand-down

Construction workers in New Jersey should know that falls are the leading cause of death in their industry, accounting for roughly one-third of worker fatalities. Though OSHA has guidelines in place to protect workers on scaffolding and other elevated surfaces, these are not always followed. This is why OSHA, together with NIOSH and the Center for Construction Research and Training, encourage construction employers and employees to participate in the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction.

How to improve the safety of autonomous vehicles

New Jersey residents may have heard about the Uber vehicle that fatally struck a pedestrian in Arizona on March 18. At the time of the crash, the vehicle was traveling on a dark road at night, and there was not enough light for it to detect the pedestrian before impact. The professor says that the car should have been designed to assume that there could have been a person or another object in that poorly lit area.

Soft tissue damage can bring pain after car crashes

Drivers in New Jersey who have been victims of a car crash may experience lingering pain and ongoing problems due to the soft tissue injuries that frequently accompany motor vehicle accidents. This type of injury is distinguished from a hard tissue injury because rather than affecting bone or cartilage, these affect softer body parts like ligaments, tendons and muscles. There are a number of signs and symptoms that can point to soft tissue damage after an auto accident, including sprains, tears and other pains and injuries.

NGA report gives tools to streamline road safety improvements

State governors have a key role in the improvement of road safety conditions, according to a report from the National Governors Association. In fact, the report not only points out what governors could do but also gives concrete recommendations and strategies. It's something that should interest drivers, law enforcement, and anyone else in New Jersey who is concerned about the safety of America's roads.

Staying safe in a building

New Jersey residents generally don't walk into a building expecting to get hurt. However, there are a number of dangers that may be present once inside. For instance, it may be possible to slip on a wet floor or run into something because there wasn't enough light to see. Injuries may also be the result of a falling object or because a premises had insufficient or negligent security.

Study finds speeding is behind increase in traffic fatalities

New Jersey motorists might have seen that U.S. traffic fatalities have been rising. Traffic safety experts have offered different reasons for the increase, including smartphones and the fact that people are driving more. However, according to a study by the National Transportation Safety Board, a primary culprit is speeding.