The Statistics on Traffic Fatalities: The Sad Truth
If you’ve lost a loved one to a motor vehicle accident, it’s doubtful that you’ll find solace in the fact that you are not alone. Truth be told, the statistics on traffic fatalities are entirely too gruesome.
Admittedly, navigating traffic in New Jersey is a challenge, especially with an ever-increasing population and busy highways.
Unfortunately, traffic deaths in New Jersey have risen since 2013. In 2017, the number of traffic deaths on New Jersey roads was up for a third straight year and was the highest in 10 years. According to the New Jersey State Police, there were 625 deaths on New Jersey roads in 2017. It was the deadliest year on New Jersey roads since 724 people were killed in 2007. And so far this year, there were 340 traffic fatalities in New Jersey.
New Jersey Traffic Fatalities by the Numbers
Unfortunately, the traffic fatality rate in New Jersey is trending upward. The number of people killed in New Jersey traffic accidents in 2017 is a 6 percent increase over 2016, which had 602 fatalities. By comparison, 2015 saw 542 traffic fatalities, the most recent low.
Of the people killed in crashes in 2017, 187 were pedestrians and accounted for 31 percent of the total fatalities.
According to a county-by-county breakdown of the statistics of 2017 New Jersey traffic fatalities, the most significant number of deaths was in Ocean, Burlington, and Middlesex counties. Also, motorists under the age of 21 accounted for 18 deaths in 2017.
To increase awareness of the problem both in New Jersey and across the country, October 10th is recognized nationally as Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day. New Jersey drivers, pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclist are “encouraged to be exceptionally careful so that for at least one day, there will be no fatalities on New Jersey’s roads.”
Causes of Fatalities
New Jersey was recently ranked in a tie for fourth as having the best drivers nationwide. That said, traffic accidents are still going to happen in the Garden State, especially in bad weather where visibility and road conditions are poor. Meanwhile, accidents can certainly occur while white-knuckling dangerous stretches of highways with complicated interchanges—or motoring on the high-speed Garden State Parkway or New Jersey Turnpike.
But the regrettable fact is that many of the deaths on New Jersey roads are preventable. The notable causes of fatal accidents in New Jersey include:
- Distracted or reckless driving
- Driving while intoxicated
- Not wearing seatbelts or child safety restraints
- Careless driving
- Failure to stop or yield at a red light or stop sign
- Road rage
- Drowsy driving
- Unhelmeted motorcyclists
It is an unfortunate and difficult situation if you are faced with the loss of a loved as a result of a fatal crash. Furthermore, determining the cause of the accident and proving liability can be complex. Another driver could very well be negligent, or perhaps there was a defective part in the vehicle your loved one was driving. You should retain legal counsel. You may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim.
Contact a New Jersey Lawyer
If you are a surviving family member of a loved who was involved in a fatal auto accident and suspect another driver was negligent, you and your family will suffer both emotional and financial consequences. Beninato & Matrafajlo Attorneys at Law will help you in your quest to secure compensation for your losses. Contact us today for a free consultation.