Law enforcement as well as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration track accidents and lives lost to traffic incidents every year. It can be useful information in order to compare fatality numbers year to year. Those comparisons can create a picture of what might be working or not working to improve traffic safety around the country.
Based on accident reports from 2015 so far, it looks as though New Jersey might have some safety lessons to take to heart and possibly even teach other states. The NHTSA reports that the rate of accident fatalities in the U.S. has increased so far compared to last year. But New Jersey stands out as a state that is defying that dangerous trend.
Within the first half of 2014, there were 261 traffic accident deaths on New Jersey roads. Within that same period this year, 10 fewer people have lost their lives. It might not sound like a significant difference, but it is when you consider the impact that even one life lost has on a victim's loved ones.
This time of year in particular is high-risk for car accidents. New Jersey residents will be travelling in and out of state to attend Thanksgiving festivities. It is a fun, joyful time of year, the happiness of which can too easily be erased when a car accident happens.
The busyness of the roads, weather conditions, drunk driving and distracted driving are all risks that make the roads dangerous over the next few days. A holiday isn't an excuse for bad driving. Someone who is injured or who loses a family member to a crash this holiday has every right to work with a personal injury attorney who will aggressively represent their rights.