In many ways, advances in technology seem to have made driving safer than ever. Statistics, however, do not always match up to this idea. It has been found that the rate of car accidents and fatalities in New Jersey has grown in recent years, after a decline from 1990 to 2013. The exact cause is unknown, but debated - and it looks to be a growing issue.
According to the data recently released by the New Jersey State Police, 607 people lost their lives in 576 car accidents throughout 2016. This is compared to 562 lives taken in 522 car accidents in 2015. Fatalities had been rising slowly since hitting the 20-year low of 542 in 2013, but the increase between 2015 and 2016 - a jump of 8 percent - is one of the more shocking statistical spikes yet. Before then, traffic-related fatalities had been trending mostly downward since 1996, when 809 people were fatally injured, until this low point in 2013.
Car Accidents in Cumberland County
Cumberland County has been found to be one of the most dangerous in New Jersey. Cumberland County has the highest rate of fatalities in the state per 1 million vehicle miles traveled daily. Many of these fatalities occurred on Route 55, a road that is particularly susceptible to car accidents in South Jersey.
Proposed Reasoning for the Jump in Traffic Fatalities
This jump in traffic fatalities has left many baffled. Some have blamed increased traffic for the problem. The total number of vehicle miles traveled in New Jersey rose by nearly 1 percent between 2014 and 2015. Accidents of all sorts - fatal or otherwise - are more numerous with increased traffic on the roads. In addition, the increase in distracted drivers due to the proliferation of technology may have influenced these statistics. However, it is important to note that forms of distracted driving other than cell phone use can be just as fatal, such as eating while behind the wheel or fiddling with the radio.
Millville Personal Injury Lawyers at Rone & Kowalski, LLC Represent Victims of Car Accidents in South Jersey
If you or someone that you know has been injured in a car accident in South Jersey, then the Millville personal injury lawyers at Rone & Kowalski, LLC are prepared to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. We serve clients in Vineland, Bridgeton, Millville, Buena Vista, Maurice River Township, Upper Deerfield Township, Greenwich Township, Stow Creek Township, and Cumberland County. Call us at our Milmay, New Jersey offices at 609-476-4044 x 203 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.