Motor vehicle crashes can lead to many undesirable consequences, such as permanent injuries, loss of income, and even death. According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), auto accidents are the leading cause of death for Americans ages one to 34 years old. The primary cause for auto accidents is negligent behavior, including distracted driving, speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol. To help protect yourself and others on the road, read on to learn more about the leading causes of auto accidents in NJ.
Distracted driving is the leading cause of auto accidents in NJ, as well as the United States. A distracted driver isn’t just the person who’s texting or talking on their cell phone while driving. Distracted driving refers to any driver who diverts his/her attention from the road. This includes eating, personal grooming, viewing a map or GPS, talking to passengers, and adjusting the audio. Nearly half of all motor vehicle accidents in NJ between 2004 and 2013 were the result of distracted driving. An estimated 1.4 million accidents involved driver inattention, which led to 1,600 deaths.
A road’s speed limit is determined based on the surrounding area, but many drivers choose to ignore speed limits and instead drive 10, 20 or even 30 mph faster than the limit. Speeding makes it difficult to react in time to prevent an accident. In 2012, 30% of all fatal accidents in the U.S. were the result of speeding. Of 589 fatal accidents in New Jersey that year, 157 were caused by speeding.
Driving Under the Influence
Driving under the influence is another major cause of vehicle crashes in NJ. In 2014 there were 556 fatal accidents in New Jersey, and 163 were the result of alcohol-impaired driving. Driving under the influence inhibits your ability to function and focus properly, making it extremely dangerous to operate a vehicle. Never get behind the wheel if you are under the influence of alcohol— always have a designated driver.
At Hyberg, White and Mann, we understand an auto accident can be a traumatic experience for all those involved. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a motor vehicle accident, our auto accident attorney in NJ can help. For assistance with your case, give us a call at 609-407-1000.
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