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Poor driver choices linked to accident fatalities

Motor Vehicle Accidents

From minor fender benders to serious and even fatal accidents, the response to crashes can vary greatly. Some people may immediately look for someone or something to blame, especially if they have experienced significant loss in the event. Other people may all but accept the event and even make statements like, “Sometimes accidents just happen.” The reality of the matter is that too many accidents happen, that should never happen and this is all because too many drivers make reckless and selfish choices.

Driving after drinking and exceeding the speed limit are two behaviors that drivers never have to engage in yet do all too often. Records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show just how many lives are lost every year due to drunk drivers or speeding drivers. 

Between 2014 and 2018, speeding was found to be a contributing factor in the deaths of 599 people in motor vehicle accidents in New Jersey. An even greater number of lives were lost at the hands of drunk drivers as 648 deaths resulted from impaired driving accidents during those five years. Between 2017 and 2018, the overall number of people who died in traffic accidents statewide dropped from 624 to 564 yet the number of people killed in drunk driving accidents rose.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give residents in New Jersey an overview of how many people die every year in their state in accidents caused by factors that were in the control of drivers, showing the importance of taking action to encourage better behavior.