The first five months of this year have seen a 9.5 percent increase in
traffic fatalities over the same period last year, according to New Jersey police.
Here’s the breakdown of the top five counties with the most traffic
- Middlesex County: 19 fatalities
- Monmouth County: 18 fatalities
- Essex County: 18 fatalities
- Ocean County: 15 fatalities
- Gloucester County: 15 fatalities
What is to blame for this spike in traffic deaths? According to Pam Fischer,
former state Division of Highway Traffic Safety executive director and
safety consultant, a rebound in the economy may be one factor. With employment
up 1.8 percent in the state in March, more people are on the road, increasing
the risk of an accident. Distracted driving is also a huge concern, which
was listed as a top contributing factor in fatal crashes. Dangerous driving
behaviors including texting, talking on phones, eating, and even listening
to excessively loud music all contribute to crashes. In fact, a AAA report
has found that distraction is an even larger cause of car crashes involving
teens than previously reported by government statistics.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a car crash caused by the
negligence of another driver, you may be eligible for compensation. We
encourage you to get in touch with a New Jersey car accident lawyer at
the firm of Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law. With a sole focus on
personal injury cases, we have recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars
in compensation for injured clients. Whether your case can be settled
outside of court or warrants a trial, our firm is ready to stand by your
side and advocate relentlessly on your behalf.
Call us today at (201) 870-1909 to schedule a
free initial consultation.