If you have ever driven out of state, you know that New Jersey drivers tend to be categorized as aggressive drivers. Some believe that New Jersey drivers are not so much aggressive as they expect all drivers on the road to know what they are doing behind the wheel.
Unfortunately, a healthy mix of all driver styles can lead to accidents on the road and New Jersey is no exception.
According to a NJ Department of Transportation (NJDOT) report, in 2015 [its most recent numbers available] there were 264,582 reported motor vehicle crashes. These car accidents occurred on multiple roads and highways on both state and interstate routes. Routes that had the highest crash rates were Route 59 [rate of 19.14], Route 165 [rate of 11.31], Route 63 [rate of 10.63], and Route 5 [rate of 10.14].
Out of the 264,582 car accidents that occurred, 60,431 were crashes that resulted in injury. Another 547 of those accidents were, unfortunately, fatal.
Other traffic statistics compiled by NJDOT over the years indicate reasons why these accidents occurred, as well as where they tend to take place. Accidents frequently occur at intersections and a significant amount of fatal crashes took place on interstate roadways.
Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents while on the road. Distractions can be a number of different things, including cell phones, radios, passengers, and things outside of the vehicle.
Alcohol also tends to be a noted variable related to motor vehicle crashes. Accidents also tend to happen more often and at a higher rate during holiday periods.
Cars and roadways have proven to be a great mode of transportation for years and every year the state looks at ways to make roads safer for all involved. But, at the end of the day, accidents can still happen and statistics show they are likely to continue happening.
It may be an accident and it may be unfortunate, but even worse is that motor vehicle accidents can result in minor and severe injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in New Jersey, it is essential you find a lawyer who can represent you and fight for the compensation you deserve. The attorneys at Lombardi and Lombardi, P.A. are experienced and ready to fight on your behalf. Call 732-564-7165 or fill out our online contact form to arrange an initial consultation and case evaluation.
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