In New Jersey alone, since January 1, 2015, there have been approximately 450 fatalities in car accidents. There has been a program instilled called “Put the Brakes on Fatalities,” which is a national program means to deliver to the public the major causes of transportation fatalities and their avoidance. According to Put the Brakes on Fatalities, every October 10, every driver, pedestrian, and motorcyclist is encouraged to be exceptionally careful. This is so that, for one day every year at least, there are no fatalities on New Jersey’s roads. However, safety is something that should be considered each and every day as a major concern. Lives are more fragile than we may think.
In just 2014 alone, 556 individuals died in vehicle crashes on New Jersey roadways. There were an outstanding 170 pedestrian fatalities included in this, which represent a huge percentage of 31% of all motor vehicle fatalities. This led public officials to believe that New Jersey must take action to bring these rates down. From Sunday, October 4 through October 10, 2014, the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety partnered with the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police and other law enforcement agencies statewide. Their goal? To raise awareness throughout all of New Jersey on the fact that traffic fatalities are a very real phenomenon. Roadways users were also told to take precautions such as slowing down, avoiding distractions, stopping for pedestrians, and using crosswalks and obeying crossing signals.
Deadly Accidents On The Rise
In 2014, between January and June, there were nearly 19,000 people killed as a result of motor vehicle accidents, which was a 14% increase over the same period in 2013. This made it the deadliest traffic year since the year 2007. There were nearly 2.3 million “serious injuries” (those requiring medical consultations) sustained during the six-month period. In those accidents sustained in that period in 2014, there was an estimated cost of the crashes, which included things like medical expenses, wage and productivity losses, and property damage – it equaled out to an alarming $152 billion!
In 2014, unfortunately only 14 states and Washington, D.C. showed a decrease in driving deaths. The National Safety Council (NSC) blames it, in part, on lower gas prices. Lower gas prices means increased cumulative mileage traveled and an improved economy. When the economy does well, more fatalities tend to happen, according to research. Also, when people are working (improving the economy), they tend to spend more time on the road driving to work and have more disposable income for vacations.
What Plays the Biggest Part in Accidents?
- Reckless Driving
Distracted Driving is a killer! Each day, it claims the lives of 9 people and injures even more. The sad fact of the matter is that 1 out of 3 people text while driving, putting others and themselves at risk! In fact, 40% of American teens say that they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put others in the car in danger. Driving while using a cell phone actually reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37%.
If you have been seriously injured or know somebody who died in a fatal accident, you or a loved one may be in need of an attorney that has your best interest at heart. You can contact MDL today for a free consultation and review of your case. Find out more about your rights and what compensation you are entitled to!