In 2011, New Jersey experienced the highest number of fatalities resulting from car accidents since 2007. According to a news report in The Statehouse Bureau, there were 594 fatal accidents in New Jersey resulting in 635 deaths in the year 2011. Of those fatalities, 371 were drivers, 144 were pedestrians, 103 were passengers, and 17 were bicyclists. The most common age range for victims of a fatal New Jersey car accident was 50 to 64.
One way to help reduce the chances of suffering a fatal injury in a New Jersey car accident is to obey the law by buckling up. The state’s Division of Highway Traffic Safety found that 94.51 percent of front seat passengers and drivers wore seat belts. This is a slight increase from the 93.73 percent who wore seatbelts in 2010 and a drastic increase from the 35 percent who wore seatbelts in 1986.
Despite the 2010 New Jersey law requiring backseat occupants to wear a seatbelt, the same study found that only 61 percent actually buckled up in the back seat. This number does reflect an increase from the 48 percent of backseat seatbelt wearers in the year 2010.
Anyone who has lost a loved one in a New Jersey car accident should contact an experienced lawyer who will help protect their legal rights. In cases involving negligence or wrongdoing, financial compensation may be available for families to cover medical bills, funeral expenses, lost wages, and other related damages.
The skilled Princeton wrongful death attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein wish you and yours safe travels in the year 2012. If you have been injured in a New Jersey car accident, call our offices at (609) 240-0040 for a free consultation and case assessment.