The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released their final data for 2015 and the numbers are alarming. According to their report, 35, 092 people were killed in traffic crashes across the country last year. These numbers include truck accidents, car accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents.
The number of traffic deaths represents a 7.2 percent increase from 2014 nationally. This represents the largest year-to-year rise in accident-related fatalities since 1965-1966!
In response to the dramatic increase nationally, DOT, NHTSA, and the White House have issued an unprecedented call to action to involve a wide range of stakeholders in helping determine the causes of the increase. In the meantime, the MG Law Firm is confident that the increase in distracted driving is a major cause in this rise of crashes and fatalities. Unfortunately, until we all put down the cellphone, we think these alarming reports are likely to continue in the years to come.
New Jersey’s Fatal Accidents in 2015
In New Jersey last year there were a total of 523 total fatal crashes. These deadly accidents resulted in 562 people being killed on the roads of our state. This represents a 1.1 percent increase from 2014. While New Jersey’s fatal crashes and fatalities didn’t increase as sharply as the national numbers did year-to-year, the fact that they increased at all is still concerning.
The map below shows the location of each fatal crash from last year in New Jersey. If you click on the specific accident you can find additional info for each crash, such as the intersection, date and time. Readers might also want to check out this page on NJ.com for additional info and insight.
Elizabeth, New Jersey Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers
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Our car and truck accident injury lawyers serve clients throughout New Jersey and New York. This includes the cities of Newark, Elizabeth, Union and Jersey City. We cover Morris, Bergen, Hudson, Union and Middlesex counties. Our accident lawyers have offices in Elizabeth, New Jersey and in New York City.
NJ.com – “All 523 fatal crashes in N.J. last year on a single map” Erin Petenko
Carto.com – map created by username stirzize