In 2012, the Motor Vehicle Occupant Death Rates were taken for each state. It was found that, per every 100,000 people, there were 3.6 people killed in New Jersey in an accident. Also in New Jersey, between the years 2003-2012, 4,185 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents.
There are many reasons why people in New Jersey are involved in crashes. However, studies have shown that many young NJ Intermediate drivers in their first month of licensure were more likely to become involved in crashes. The crash rate actually came out to be 229 young drivers per every 10,000. At each age to obtain a license, lower crash rates appeared for the more driving experience they obtained. New Jersey actually has one of the most comprehensive GDL systems in the US, which was enacted in 2001. This includes the highest minimum age of licensure.
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Solely focusing on teen drivers, how big is the problem exactly? To put a number on things, in 2013 alone, 2,163 teens in the United States aged 16-19 were killed and 243,243 were treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in motor vehicle crashes. Every day, six teens die due to the dangers and the inexperience. Don’t you wonder how many of these are located in New Jersey, a state where crashes happen repeatedly?
What Are Some Main Causes of Accidents in New Jersey?
- Distracted Driving: Have you ever used a cell phone to text or talk while driving? Have you ever focused more on a conversation you were having with another passenger in the vehicle? Have you ever chosen to eat a hard to handle food while you were supposed to be focusing on the roadways? Then you were driving distracted, and this is a huge cause for accidents. You are even driving distracted when you are fatigued. Remember this the next time you decide a conversation is more important than keeping your attention on the road.
- Weather and Road Conditions: New Jersey has potholes and construction zones just like many other states. Weather can take many forms such as heavy rain, snow, hail, and more. This can reduce visibility and make it even more difficult for you to keep an eye on the road. If you drive too quickly in these conditions, that can spell out disaster as well.
- Failure to Obey Traffic Laws: You can’t forget about lane changes, turns, right-of-way and other factors.
- Unsafe Speeds: If you drive too quickly, you could be putting yourself and others at immediate risk. You could also be putting others at risk, however, from driving too slowly as well.
- Reckless Driving: There are other factors that can make you careless or reckless aside from being distracted. This can include a failure to signal.
As of November 12, 2015, there have been 455 fatalities for year 2015 on New Jersey roads. Do you believe these numbers are too high? Something needs to be done about it, like taking better safety precautions to save others and ourselves.
If you have been injured in a car accident in New Jersey, you have a right to file for compensation you deserve. You may have had property loss or lost wages due to significant and very serious injuries. If this is the case, then you should seek the guidance of an experienced attorney. Call MDL today for the free consultation you deserve to help get your life back on track!