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Interstate fatalities and concerns in New Jersey

October 13, 2014

As statistics are gathered based on the traffic accidents in the state, the information can be evaluated for insight into areas that pose special threats to the safety of motorists. New Jersey’s 2011 calendar year results include special areas of concern such as interstate fatalities. The nation as a whole during 2011 saw a reduction in fatalities associated with automobile and vehicle accidents. However, New Jersey’s number of incidents increased by 56 during the same time period, resulting in 71 fatalities.

The state’s 2011 report of fatalities notes that all portions of the New Jersey’s Interstate Highway System are complete, representing more than 420 miles of public motoring. Statistics for the time period indicate an average of more than six deaths each month. For every 5.6 miles of highway, there was one death during the year. A total of 68 fatal accidents occurred on area interstates. I-95 represents the largest expanse of highway at nearly 87 miles, and this is the highway that involved the most interstate-related car accidents during the period in question. This highway includes parts of the New Jersey Turnpike.

The types of accidents on New Jersey highways varied, with the largest single cause being a collision with a fixed object. With regard to contributing circumstances, 37 incidents involved no improper driving while 33 involved inattentive driving. Of those who died in these highway accidents, 53 were drivers, 13 were passengers, and nine were pedestrians. Only seven drivers in these incidents tested at a BAC of .08 percent or higher.

An individual injured in a highway accident might be concerned about the expenses associated with treating his or her injuries. In some situations, the specific results of an accident investigation could be helpful in determining whether legal action is warranted against another driver.

Source: State of New Jersey, “Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash Report“, October 09, 2014

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