Based on New Jersey State Police fatal accident statistics and data from the Ocean County and U.S. Census, Ocean County has been deemed the deadliest place to drive in New Jersey. According to a jacksonnjonline.com article, there were 589 roadway fatalities in the state of New Jersey in 2009. 64 of these tragic accidents took place in Ocean County. More specifically, fatal auto accidents in Ocean County averaged 34.5% higher than the state’s average per county and 16 more than Burlington and Middlesex Counties.
New Jersey Route 527 was the site of two serious school bus accidents which in total sent 5 children to hospitals in 2009. The reports also revealed that the county seat of Toms River lead Ocean County in fatalities with 10, 50% of which occurred on State Highways 37, Garden State Park and 35. Only 5 of the fatal Toms River accidents happened on city and county roads. In addition, Jackson Township experienced 9 auto accident fatalities, 2 of which took place on Interstate 95.
When comparing the statistics, there is 1 accident per 9,593 residents in Toms River and 1 accident per 5,843 in Jackson Township. Although Toms River is almost 45% more populated than Jackson Township, Jackson Township residents are 40% more likely to die in a car accident than residents in Toms River. In Jackson Township, 4 people were killed in 2009 on East Veteran’s Highway, accounting for 44% of roadway fatalities. Even though this statistically makes East Veterans Highway (CR 527-528) the most deadly road in Ocean County in 2009, motorists of all vehicles should use extreme caution when driving in any location in New Jersey.
There is no doubt that these fatality statistics have created concern among Ocean County inhabitants. Some may argue that these numbers emphasize the need for new techniques to curb auto accidents in Ocean County trouble-areas and throughout the state of New Jersey. If you have been injured in a car accident in New Jersey, or if you have lost a loved one due to another driver’s negligence, the skilled Princeton car accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein can help. Contact our knowledgeable lawyers for a free consultation of your auto accident case. Call 609-240-0040 today.