It may come as a surprise to many New Jersey residents to learn that there has not been a fatality-free New Years since 1986. Preliminary statistics have been released by the New Jersey State Police that reflect zero fatal auto accidents for the designated New Years holiday period. This phase began at 6:00 p.m. on December 31, 2009 and ended on January 4, 2010. However, based on a jacksonnjonline.com report, the Christmas holiday week brought 11 fatal accidents. The article also mentions that one individual was killed in an auto accident on New Years Eve Day in Egg Harbor Township, but the incident did not fall within the “holiday period.”
According to the article, the U.S. Department of Transportation distinguishes these holiday periods, which may range from one to five days. The preliminary numbers mentioned above are subject to change if municipalities report any crashes at a later time. These statistics may also change if a victim of an auto accident in New Jersey during the New Years holiday period succumbs to his or her injuries within 30 days of the incident.
Limiting the number of traffic fatalities is no easy feat, but it is definitely possible. The New Jersey State Police, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety, the Department of Transportation, local and county police agencies, and organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.), will continue working together to educate the public on safe driving behaviors and enforcing traffic laws.
At Lependorf & Silverstein, we understand the many challenges an individual injured in an auto accident has to face. Our New Jersey personal injury law firm is dedicated to helping injury victims and their families receive full compensation from negligent parties. As skilled NJ car accident attorneys, it is important to us that our clients obtain the financial recompense they deserve for pain and suffering, medical expenses associated with injuries, and loss of past and future earnings. To learn more about how the attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein can help, call 609-240-0040 for a free consultation today.