Could These Details About Car Accidents Really Be True?
On any given day of the year, local and state police respond to hundreds of car accidents in New Jersey. In best case scenarios, it’s just to take a report that involves little or no property damage. However, that’s not always the case. Too often, first responders appear on the scene to transport injury victims for treatment.
In worst case scenarios, an automobile crash results in fatalities. According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation, the number of deaths due to car accidents continues to increase. When you compare Union County fatal car accident tallies from 2013 to 2017 – you’ll see the numbers nearly doubled.
More than likely, you’d rather not be part of any type of accident-related statistics. Just about everyone knows the risks associated with riding in a car. However, you might be shocked to learn how some details strike a familiar chord with you.
Car Accident Statistics
Did you know? The closer you are to home – the more chance that that’s where you’ll get into an accident. Truth be told, it’s an amazing statistic. However, automobile insurance experts report that more than fifty percent of car crashes occur within five miles of a person’s residence. Almost seventy percent happen within ten miles.
You might wonder why the proximity to home becomes a factor. The obvious reason is that most people head to and from home at some point. In some cases, there’s a tendency to basically cruise home on auto-pilot. Many drunk drivers figure driving a short distance puts them less in harm’s way.
Of course, if you’re an accident with someone who was driving while intoxicated, you’ll be the first to disagree. The same runs true for the motor vehicle operator who needed to sleep before getting behind the wheel. As it is, drunk driving tops the reasons for fatal car accidents.
As you go behind the scenes to determine the cause of car crashes, you’ll likely find something that was a factor in your accident. For example, was the other driver texting and driving? Even playing with the radio takes eyes off the road.
In the meantime, some other details might interest you if you were injured in a car accident. Consider these:
• Airbags become fully inflated in less than a second after sensors detect the collision
• Senior drivers in New Jersey are not required to go for additional tests
• Average reaction time for braking is 0.7 to 3 seconds
• A vehicle traveling just 30 mph needs 75 feet to stop
Once again, these are just some basic statistics. They may open your eyes a bit if you’ve been injured in a car crash. Depending on the extent of your injuries, you should think about meeting with an experienced automobile accident attorney to determine if you need to make a claim for damages.
Our Union County personal injury law firm is conveniently located in downtown Elizabeth within walking distance to the courthouse. If you were hurt in a car crash, we can help you. Contact the Law Offices of Beninato & Matrafajlo to set up a meeting. We look forward to hearing from you.