NJ.com recently published an article on the deadliest roads in our state. These highways and roads are responsible for countless deaths and catastrophic injuries each year. You or loved ones may have even had close calls while driving on these roads. The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and New Jersey State Police statistics used by NJ.com for the article cover crashes that occurred during 2016 and 2015.
Deadly New Jersey roads mentioned in the article included:
- The Garden State Parkway: NJ.com mentions that 32 people died in motor vehicle accidents on the Garden State Parkway during 2016. By comparison, ten people were killed in accidents on this road the year before. New Jersey State Police named several possible culprits, including speeding, impaired driving, not wearing seatbelts, mobile phone use and drowsy driving.
- The New Jersey Turnpike: The New Jersey Turnpike has an infamous reputation in our state for being a dangerous road. During 2016, there were 21 fatalities on the New Jersey Turnpike. Fatal accidents on this road remained consistent from last year, where there were 18 deaths.
- Route 30/White Horse Pike: NJDOT statistics show there were 18 deaths on Route 30 last year. Twelve people lost their lives on this road during 2015.
- Route 9: According to NJDOT, there were 15 deaths on Route 9 last year. During 2015, there were 14 deaths on this road.
- Route 47: NJDOT statistics show that Route 47 and four other New Jersey roads had eight traffic deaths each during 2016. Route 47 runs 75 miles from Wildwood to Cape May County. There were six deaths on Route 47 during 2015.
Should I Call a New Jersey Car Accident Lawyer After a Wreck?
Regardless of whether they are fatal, car crashes can cause individuals and their families immense physical and financial pain. Lost income from no longer being able to work or from losing a loved one could be an outcome after a car crash. Survivors of car accidents may require rehabilitation for their injuries. Home modifications and long hospital stays are other possible expenses that may be incurred after a wreck. Family members and accident survivors may be left distressed because they are unsure of how they are going to pay for these expenses.
Depending on the circumstances of a crash, it may be possible to hold another motorist or business accountable for damages that could help pay for these costs. For example, as New Jersey State Police noted while discussing the Garden State Parkway with NJ.com, distracted and impaired driving are responsible for some of these fatal crashes. Speeding and drowsy driving may also be responsible for some fatal car wrecks that occur each year. These are instances where motorists might be liable for damages.
If you or a loved one were involved in a car crash and believe other motorists or businesses may be responsible, then please reach out to our attorneys. The New Jersey car accident lawyers at Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. can investigate what happened to help you determine whether you could file a lawsuit.