New Jersey Ranks Fourth for Worst Drivers in Country
The Garden State ranks high on many coveted lists, including education, economy, and workforce opportunity. Unfortunately, New Jersey also ranks high on another list, securing the number four spot on the ranking of the worst drivers in the country for the second consecutive year.
New Jersey, the most densely populated state, has more than 6 million registered drivers and approximately 39,000 miles of public roadways. Given those statistics, perhaps it is not surprising that the state has the second most deaths per driver. On the plus side, almost 90% of New Jersey drivers are insured, which is critical for anyone involved in an accident with a New Jersey driver.
Car accidents are leading cause of personal injury claims
In the United States, the leading cause of personal injury claims is car accidents. Motor vehicle accidents may be attributable to any number of safety issues, including:
- Not obeying traffic signs
- Failing to signal
- Driving recklessly
- Texting while driving
- Using a handheld device while driving
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Driver safety tips
With so many motorists on the roads every day, there is some level of risk of being involved in a car accident. However, by adopting a few simple safety measures while driving in a car, you can reduce your risk of accident and injury. Safety measures include:
- Wearing seat belts
- Putting cell phones away
- Eliminating other distractions
- Being mindful of weather and roadway conditions
Steps to take if you have been involved in a car accident
If you have been involved in a car accident, seek medical attention immediately. That is your first priority. Your next step is to contact the police – failure to do so will do more harm than good in the long run. Whenever possible, try and document the scene of the accident. Take photographs of the cars, the road conditions, lighting, and vehicle damage. Speak to others at the scene to determine if they witnessed the accident, and, if so, request that they stay at the scene until the police arrive. Exchange contact and insurance information with other drivers. Lastly, but importantly, do not discuss the accident, take responsibility for the accident, or apologize in any way.
Injured in a car accident? We can help.
Car accidents can be minor, such as a fender bender that results in no injuries, or more serious accidents that cause significant physical injury. If you have suffered injury in a car accident, we can help. The personal injury attorneys at Lomurro Law are skilled and knowledgeable in all areas of personal injury law, having served New Jersey families for more than 130 years. Contact our office at 732-482-9285 or online to arrange for a confidential consultation to discuss your case. Lomurro Law has offices in Freehold and East Brunswick.