According to statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), inattentive drivers in New Jersey are responsible for the majority of fatal car accidents in the Garden State. For the fifth year in a row, driver inattention caused 190 accidents in the year 2014 alone, which was more fatal accidents than were caused by drunk driving or speeding. Out of 523 fatal car accidents in New Jersey during 2014, there were 556 people fatally injured.
In New Jersey, cell phone usage is not the only form of distracted driving noted on accident reports. Driver inattention is often referred to as distracted driving and often involves much more than just cell phone use or texting while driving. Navigation systems, radios, CD players and cruise control features can cause a driver to take their eye off of the road just as much as a cell phone. Conversations with passengers, dealing with children in the car or reaching for something out of reach can also result in a serious collision. Even eating while driving can cause the driver to lose focus of the road in front of them.
Rear-end collisions and pedestrian fatalities are two of the most common types of fatal car accidents caused by driver inattention. Drivers that are unfocused for even a short period of time can miss a stop light, stop sign or a person stepping off of a curb. Bicycle riders are also prone to serious and fatal injuries when drivers are not focused on their task. Making right hand turns at red lights, though legal in most cases, can result in a collision between an automobile and a cyclist that may have the right of way to be crossing an intersection. A driver that is not paying attention may make the turn and not see the pedestrian or cyclist in time to avoid a collision. People and bicycle riders are no match for the sheer weight and force of an automobile and can result in serious head and internal injuries.
Fatal accidents occur throughout New Jersey, but Monmouth County had 47 fatalities due to driver inattention in 2014. Ocean County had 45, Atlantic County had 41, and Essex County had a total of 40 fatal car accidents last year. Though most of the fatal car accidents occurred on state highways and county roads, a significant number also occurred on municipal roads, toll roads and interstate highways. The NHTSA believes that driver education is the key to reducing the number of fatal accidents caused by driver inattention and plan to focus their future efforts in this direction.
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According to statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), inattentive drivers in New Jersey are responsible for the majority of fatal car accidents in the Garden State.