According to NJ.com, although fatal accidents increased nationally during the first six months of 2015, deadly crashes in New Jersey declined during the same period.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 16,225 people died in traffic crashes nationally during the first six months of this year, an 8.1 percent increase over the same period from 2014.
Officials told NJ.com that this increase is attributed to many factors, including an increase in the number of miles driven by Americans, as gas prices have fallen. However, in New Jersey, although miles driven by drivers have increased over the last year, fatalities are down by 10 deaths on roadways.
NJ.com reported that 251 people were killed in fatal Garden State accidents during the first six months of the year. At the same time during 2014, 261 people had died. The county with the highest number of fatal accidents during the first six months of 2015 was Burlington County, where 22 people died. Next was Middlesex County with 21 fatalities and Camden County with 19 deaths.
According to NJ.com, the county with the biggest swing in traffic deaths during the first six months of 2015 was Morris County, which had six fatalities in the first half of 2014 and 16 during the same period in 2015.
It is unclear why the number of fatal crashes is decreasing in New Jersey, although some safety experts have attributed it to law enforcement cracking down on distracted and drunk drivers.
What Can I Do If My Loved One Is Killed in a New Jersey Car Accident?
This is mostly good news for the people of New Jersey. We hope that awareness over issues like drunk and distracted driving, as well as other forms of reckless driving, has helped reduce the number of fatal accidents occurring.
If your loved one is killed in a fatal vehicle accident, you should look into holding the driver responsible liable. This is especially true if his or her reckless actions contributed to a crash. By holding the driver liable, you can help ensure that others are not harmed by his or her negligent actions in the future.
We hope that the number of fatal accidents occurring in New Jersey continues to decrease throughout the end of the year! Continue to follow our blog for more information about Middlesex County traffic accidents.