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4 tips for driving safely in the rain

Driving in the rain gets some motorists on edge while others find it to be no big deal. The fact is, rain causes more fatal car crashes than any other weather hazard. While you do not necessarily have to avoid driving in the rain altogether, there are certain tips and techniques you should keep in mind the next time you drive in wet conditions.

Study finds daylight savings leads to increase in car accidents

There are many pros and cons to daylight savings. For some, the upcoming hour gained during fall translates to an extra hour of sleep. For others, it just means getting up even earlier with the kids.

Wreckage can make it difficult to free victims of car accidents

What happens to a vehicle during an accident is unpredictable. In some car accidents, the wreckage itself makes it difficult to extricate the victims, but the position of the vehicle can also complicate matters. This can make it a challenge for emergency responders in New Jersey to get to the victims in order to provide life-saving medical care.

Factors involved in some car accidents are not readily identified

In some cases, New Jersey law enforcement officials have a difficult time discerning how an accident occurred. This is often because the factors involved in some car accidents are not readily identifiable based on where the vehicles came to rest. Additional investigation and even an accident reconstruction may be necessary in order to ascertain the cause of the crash.

Drunken overconfidence can lead to car accidents

For some people, an inflated sense of confidence and invincibility seems to be a side effect of consuming alcohol. When combined with driving, this drunken overconfidence could easily lead to serious car accidents. New Jersey State Police believe this may have been the case in a recent crash on Route 80 East.

Businesses that serve alcohol can be held liable in car accidents

Without a doubt, drunk driving accidents are preventable. However, even though drinking and driving is considered to be a choice, establishments that continue to serve alcohol to customers who appear "visibly intoxicated" might bear some of the responsibility under New Jersey's dram shop liability laws if patrons are involved in car accidents. For example, a Jersey Shore bar recently pleaded no contest regarding a state enforcement action and will have to pay $500,000 in fines and suffer a 30-day suspension for serving alcoholic beverages to a patron who left the bar and was involved in a collision. Separately, the bar could face claims for financial liability in any civil action that may be filed as a result of that accident.

Objects falling off vehicles can lead to car accidents

Most New Jersey residents understand that it is crucial to remain vigilant while driving the state's highways. The majority of accidents on highways are due to driver error. However, some car accidents are caused by something completely unexpected such as an object falling off a truck or vehicle. Even skilled drivers may not be able to avoid these potentially lethal projectiles.

Number of fatal car accidents in New Jersey increases by 1

Each year, New Jersey officials calculate the total number of accidents that occur around the state. Further analysis of the car accidents tabulates certain factors such as crashes involving fatalities, speed and impairment, among other things. Sometimes, a wreck will fit into several categories, which could be the case with a recent fatal accident that took place on Route 31 near Route 518.

Car accidents can result in permanent injury and financial loss

Almost no one in New Jersey gets into a car and expects his or her life to be torn apart by an accident. However, car accidents do happen, and they can leave an individual -- and his or her family -- forever changed by permanent injury and financial loss. Nothing may undo the physical and psychological damage done, but successfully handled civil lawsuits may be able to stem the flow of financial loss.

Many car accidents are caused by unlicensed drivers

Numerous people on New Jersey's roads are driving without valid drivers' licenses. Often, there is a reason why these individuals are not allowed to drive, but they do so anyway, which can put other people's lives at risk. Car accidents caused by these individuals could be avoided if they respected the fact that they are not supposed to be driving.

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