Deadly car accidents on the rise in New Jersey? Per preliminary New Jersey State Police data from 2016, the answer to that question is yes. The last week of 2016 saw six more people lose their lives in car wrecks in the Garden State to bring the total to 607 for the year. In 2015, there were 562 fatal traffic accidents in New Jersey. The rise in deadly auto crashes in New Jersey from 2015 to 2016 represents an 8 percent increase. In 2014, there were 556 deadly car wrecks in New Jersey, which resulted in a 1.1 percent increase in traffic deaths from 2014 to 2015.
Leading Causes of Car Accidents
Last year, The Huffington Post published an article about the top causes of car accidents. A few of the reasons for auto accidents included on the list were:
- Distracted Driving – Texting and driving and other forms of distracted driving have gain much attention over the last few years, and for good reason. Anytime a driver takes his or her attention away from the road while operating a motor vehicle, it limits his or her ability to react in time to avoid crashing into cars, trucks, bicyclists and pedestrians. According to Distraction.gov, the average time a person takes his or her eyes off the road while texting is five seconds. If a driver is traveling at 55 mph while texting, that’s the equivalent of driving the length of a football field blindfolded.
- Speeding – Exceeding the posted speed limit or driving too fast for road or weather conditions often results in drivers losing control of their vehicles or not being able to react quickly enough to avoid colliding with other vehicles or pedestrians.
- Running Red Lights – Not stopping when a traffic light turns red can lead to auto accidents that involve catastrophic injuries and death, especially if the vehicle running the red light is speeding at the time.
- Design Defects – These accidents involve vehicles that contain defective parts, such as faulty brakes, airbags or tires. In many cases, if these product defects are not discovered and repaired in time, they can result in car accident injuries and deaths.
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