New Jersey Car Accidents Lead to Poor Safety Rankings

For the second straight year New Jersey's largest four largest cities - Newark, Jersey City, Elizabeth and Patterson - are among the 21 cities with the worst drivers in the U.S., according to Allstate Insurance Co.

Allstate is continuing its 7th annual rankings of our nation's 200 largest cities in terms of driver safety and car accidents

For the second straight year, Fort Collins, Colo. took the number one spot for having the nation's best drivers. The average driver in Fort Collins will have an accident only once every 14 years as compared to the national average of a crash every 10 years.

New Jersey Rankings

  • Newark is our nation's 68th largest city and is ranked 190
  • Jersey City, our nation's 78th largest city, ranked 168
  • Patterson, 168th largest, ranked 179
  • Elizabeth, 198th largest, came in at 181

The size of New Jersey cities should make the safety statistics for New Jersey drivers better than average, not worse. That is because there is a general correlation between a larger city size and a lower safety ranking: Denser cities generally mean a higher number of crashes. But as the rankings show, this correlation is not true for New Jersey.

New Jersey auto injury lawyers are very familiar with this fact.

Philadelphia is the city with our nation's worst drivers overall according to Allstate's list. It's important to note that many South Jersey motorists contribute to the driving experience in Philly due to the close proximity and shared interstates.

It shouldn't be forgotten that most accidents are preventable - and that many are caused by negligence. In short, human behavior is the root cause of car accidents. Crashes take the lives of over 32,000 people nationwide, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

New Jersey drivers can do a lot to help create a safer driving experience in our state. If human decisions and actions are at the root of poor driving, than clearly it's in the hands of New Jersey's licensed drivers to make the changes necessary to improve the state's safety standing. Even if there are improvements to be made in the state legislature and in highway repair, in the end the safety of our highways comes down to personal responsibility.