Per The Press of Atlantic City, in late March, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a bill that will inject $400 million into the Garden State’s transportation budget. The massive influx of cash has many wondering, will increasing NJ transportation spending help make our state’s transit system, bridges and roads safer?
Lawmakers Hope Raising the Budget Will Make Our Roads, Bridges and Transit System Safer
Reportedly, the $400 million will be used for $260 million in improvements to New Jersey’s roads and bridges and $140 million worth of upgrades to the state’s transit system. The Hoboken train accident last year caused around $6 million in damages to tracks and equipment. The incident was a clear indication that New Jersey’s transit system is overdue for technology and safety improvements.
Will Spending More on Transportation Improve Safety?
While there are no guarantees, efforts to make traveling in New Jersey safer should help lower the chances that residents and visitors are involved in car, truck and train accidents. Still, safety improvements can only do so much to prevent accidents and injuries. Unfortunately, there are still people getting behind the wheel drunk and texting while driving, and there are still auto manufacturers knowingly providing consumers with defective automobiles. In such cases, the best bet for victims and their families to fight back is through a personal injury lawsuit.
Our New Jersey personal injury law firm has years of experience successfully assisting victims and their families in Cape May and Atlantic City with their legal needs, including recovering several multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements.