Traffic accidents in the Garden State continued to climb in 2017, bringing the number of traffic fatalities to the highest level in a decade. New Jersey saw 603 fatal accidents in 2017, resulting in 634 deaths, according to the New Jersey State Police. This figure represents an almost 6 percent increase over the previous year. If you or a loved one was involved in a traffic accident, it is important to understand your rights and have legal counsel to advocate on your behalf. The criminal defense team at Lomurro Law has skillfully represented those involved in motor vehicle accidents for more 130 years combined.
Deaths on New Jersey roadways
According to the recently released figures, in 2017, an average of 1.72 people died in traffic accidents on New Jersey roadways every day. While the total number of fatalities in 2017 – 636 — falls below the record high of 1,160 deaths reached in 1981, it is the greatest number of traffic deaths since 2007.
New Jersey counties with the greatest number of traffic fatalities
The following New Jersey counties experienced the greatest number of traffic fatalities in 2017:
- Ocean County: 53 accidents resulting in 54 deaths
- Burlington County: 47 accidents resulting in 49 deaths
- Middlesex County: 45 accidents resulting in 49 fatalities
- Monmouth County: 43 accidents resulting in 46 deaths
- Tied: Gloucester County: 43 accidents resulting in 44 fatalities
- Camden County: 40 accidents resulting in 44 fatalities
- Essex County: 39 accidents resulting in 40 deaths
- Atlantic County: 34 accidents resulting in 36 fatalities
- Union County: 34 accidents resulting in 35 fatalities
- Morris County: 27 accidents resulting in 30 fatalities
Traffic accidents can occur on any type of roadway. Fatal traffic accidents occur most frequently on New Jersey highways and interstates, due to higher travelling speeds.
New Jersey history of safer roads
In previous years, the Garden State’s roadways consistently ranked as some of the least deadly highways in the country. New Jersey had the fifth-lowest death rate compared to its population in 2016 and the sixth-lowest rate compared to the number of miles driven, according to reports from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Involved in a car accident? We can help
Roadway accidents are a common occurrence in the heavily-populated Garden State. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, the experienced legal team at Lomurro Law in Monmouth County can help. From fender benders to driving under the influence (DUI) and vehicular homicide, our criminal defense team provides skilled representation every step of the way, advocating on your behalf for the most favorable outcome in your situation. Contact our office at 732-482-9285 or online to schedule a confidential consultation with a member of our criminal defense team.