New Jersey residents who are concerned about road safety have a right to be worried considering that vehicle collisions in the United States are the current leading cause of death in pedestrians, drivers and passengers between 2 and 34 years of age. Fortunately, many motor vehicle accidents are preventable. Drivers should consider following several safety tips that might help them avoid accidents.

First, drivers should make sure they follow the law at all times. They should never drive under the influence, and they should avoid habits such as speeding, failure to stop at red lights and stop signs, failure to yield and failure to use their headlights when it is dark outside or there is inclement weather.

They should wear their seat belts at all times, and they should make sure their passengers are properly secured as well. On top of using seat belts, passengers and drivers alike should make sure they are seated correctly so that the seat belts do not fail or cause further injury. They should not slump or slouch in their seats, nor should they lie down while the vehicle is moving.

Another way that drivers can prevent accidents is by getting a good night’s rest before heading out on the road. Tired drivers are dangerous drivers as their reaction times are slower, and they are not as attentive or alert as they would be if they were well-rested.

A passenger, driver or pedestrian who has been injured in a car accident might consider working with an attorney experienced in motor vehicle accidents. A qualified attorney may be able to help the injured party seek compensation for damages, such as lost wages, medical expenses and transportation to and from medical appointments. An attorney may be able to prove that the other driver was negligent and therefore at fault for the accident.