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What is New Jersey doing to reduce its crash numbers?

Motor vehicular accidents are unavoidable for many reasons. Regardless of how careful a driver might think they are, other drivers might speed, drink and drive and get distracted. Deciding to get behind the wheel is a choice which if not evaluated correctly, could leave you and other commuters, severely injured or worse.

While many people continue to practice safe driving, they can never truly be safe on the road if the state doesn't take action to help reduce the number of accidents. The state could do this by enacting stricter driving laws or creating programs that effectively help to reduce crash statistics. 

New Jersey's accident problem

According to the state of New Jersey's Department of Transportation (NJDOT), the 2018 crash report summary stated a total of 68,778 crashes at/between intersections on state system roads. 188 of those crashes were fatal and 305, 2468 and 14,229 resulted in major, moderate and minor injuries, respectively. Almost 70% of accidents occurred during the day and resulted in over 75% of property damages.

With an increased total of crashes, drivers are never safe on the road. According to the New Jersey State Police accident statistics, in 2019 alone, there have already been 408 accidents leading to 433 fatalities.

Programs to help reduce crash totals

According to the NJDOT, the state plans to implement a crash reduction program. This program will use crash statistics from locations where crashes often occur to analyze collision types, such as pedestrian, head-on, fixed object, etc., to come up with new rules and fixes to assist in reducing crash rates.

New Jersey is also a participant in the national program "Put the Brakes on Fatalities" which urges drivers to be extra careful on the road on October 10th. The state met its goal of zero fatalities on that day last year, but as the statistics show, we have a long way to go.

Drivers need to be extremely cautious on the road to avoid adding to these statistics. It's important to follow all traffic laws, slow down and remember that everyone holds a high responsibility when getting behind the wheel. Drive with caution and don't hesitate to seek medical attention and get help with compensation if injured by a careless driver.

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