NEW JERSEY CAR ACCIDENT LAWYERS: INCREASE IN FATAL CRASHES

Each year the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) compiles and releases crash data, and New Jersey car accident lawyers say the preliminary results for 2015 are cause for alarm. An estimated 16,225 Americans lost their lives in fatal car accidents during the first half of 2015, representing an 8.1% increase over the first half of 2014, according to the NHTSA. Although some of those fatalities may be attributable to a corresponding 3.5% increase in vehicle miles traveled (VMT) over the same time span, the VMT data does not account for the overall spike in traffic fatalities.

The mid-Atlantic region of the United States – an area which includes New Jersey and Pennsylvania– reported a four percent increase in fatal car crashes during the first half of 2015 according to the NHTSA data. In 2014, 556 New Jersey residents died in automobile accidents, 29% of which were attributable to alcohol use. Pennsylvania reported 1,195 traffic deaths in 2014, also with 29% of accidents involving drunk driving.

The NHTSA reports that nationally, nearly half of all passengers killed in 2014 were not wearing a seatbelt. Distracted driving was blamed for 3,179 traffic fatalities the same year, while drowsy driving led to the deaths of an additional 846 individuals. The NHTSA data additionally shows that 28% of all fatal car accidents in 2014 involved speeding. In states without a motorcycle helmet law, motorcyclists were ten times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash, government officials say. Complete results for 2015 will not be available until late 2016, although projections for the first nine months of 2015 are expected to be released soon by the NHTSA.

NEW JERSEY CAR ACCIDENT LAWYERS AT EICHEN CRUTCHLOW ZASLOW & MCELROY PURSUE COMPENSATION FOR CAR ACCIDENT VICTIMS

The 2015 preliminary data released by the NHTSA does not indicate the cause of crashes or provide a detailed, state-by-state breakdown, but New Jersey car accident lawyers advise that certain risk factors are a clear concern. Drunk driving, speeding, distracted driving and drowsy driving all play a part in the projected rise in traffic fatalities for 2015. If you have been injured in an automobile accident through no fault of your own, our New Jersey car accident lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy can help. Call us at 732-777-0100 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation at our offices in Red Bank, Edison or Toms River, New Jersey.

Each year the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) compiles and releases crash data, and New Jersey car accident lawyers say the preliminary results for 2015 are cause for alarm. An estimated 16,225 Americans lost their lives in rel=”nofollow” >fatal car accidents during the first half of 2015, representing an 8.1% increase over the first half of 2014, according to the NHTSA.

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