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Failure to yield: A huge reason for serious car accidents

When looking at accident causes, the discussion often turns to things like drunk driving, distracted driving or teen drivers. All of these things factor in, but studies have shown that one of the biggest causes is far more simple: failure to yield.

Study finds that small cars are more dangerous

Those of us who don't have kids to transport to and from school often choose small vehicles. They don't use a lot of gas, and they are easy to maneuver in and out of parking spaces. Many of them are also very cool-looking. However, they also account for the highest rate of traffic fatalities, according to a new report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Distracted driving fatalities continue to rise

Despite the increasing laws across the country against cellphone use and texting while driving, even more people than ever are dying on America's roads because of distracted drivers. The number of distracted driving-related fatalities rose by nearly 9 percent between 2015 and 2016, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Did road conditions contribute to your wreck?

New Jersey residents are just digging themselves out from Winter 2017's worst storm to date. That means that the highways and streets are being subjected to more harsh salt treatments that melt the ice but contribute to the problem of eroding roads and potholes.

Google creates interesting safety tech to help pedestrians

A new and amazing "sticky" technology has been patented by Google. The technology is intended to help protect pedestrians from serious harm when they are hit by Google's self-driving cars. The patent for the technology was granted on May 15.

Could the Textalyzer save us from smartphone-using drivers?

Let us consider the dangers of texting while driving for a minute. In order to operate a smartphone, New Jersey drivers need to take at least one of their hands off the steering wheel — some might even take both of their hands off the steering wheel. In addition, the smartphone user has to take his or her eyes off the road in order to navigate the cellphone screen and its keypad. Researchers have determined that smartphone users on average remove their eyes from the road for as long as five seconds at a time in order to manipulate their smartphone devices.

Highway pedestrian accidents

Pedestrian accidents usually happen on busy city streets in New Jersey, where people are walking to and fro and cars are darting in and out of traffic. Less common are pedestrian accidents that happen on highways and interstates. This is because there are not a lot of pedestrians present on these high-speed roadways. However, because drivers are not expecting them to be there, pedestrians are particularly at risk on highways and these kind of interstate accidents do, at times, occur.

Honda announces it will compensate dealerships for airbag recall

American Honda Motor Co. announced that it will compensate automotive dealers for the financial losses they suffered due to the massive Takata airbag recall that affected its vehicles. Compensation is scheduled to start this month relating to Acura and Honda vehicles that could not be sold as a result of their defective Takata airbags.

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