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Fatal car accident causes vary by state

Most fatal car accidents in New Jersey are caused by a driver's failure to stay in the proper lane, according to a study by the Auto Insurance Center. The data for the study was gathered from statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatal Accident Reporting System on fatal accidents occurring between 2009 and 2013. Researchers used that material to determine the factors that are most likely to cause fatal crashes in each of the 50 states.

The study found that failure to stay in the proper lane is also the leading cause of fatal accidents in many other states. Statistics from seven other states showed that failure to yield the right of way led to the most fatal accidents while reckless driving was the leading cause of fatal accidents in six other states. California was the only state where improper turns led to the most fatal crashes, and Louisiana was the only state where drivers operating without required equipment caused the greatest number of fatal accidents.

Researchers found that certain unsafe driving behaviors were more likely to occur in states with large rural areas. For example, there are a large number of fatal drunk driving accidents in states such as North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. In densely populated states like New York and Massachusetts, fewer drunk driving accidents occur. The Auto Insurance Center concluded that the lack of available public transportation alternatives in rural areas may be a factor.

A driver who recklessly causes an accident may be held responsible for the deaths and injuries that they caused. The surviving family members of a deceased motor vehicle accident victim may want to meet with an attorney to discuss the advisability of filing a wrongful lawsuit against the at-fault driver in order to seek monetary compensation for their losses.

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