NJ Has Some of the Worst Drivers in Nationbbr-law
Motor vehicle accident deaths, uninsured motorists and poor driving habits all contribute to this undesirable reputation
Each year, several companies release their lists of worst drivers in the United States based on all types of data compiled from numerous resources. Inevitably, all of these lists continually illustrate something that anyone who has driven in the Northeast can understand. New Jersey drivers are bad. While not always ranked as the absolute worst, they typically fall somewhere in the top ten. Drivers in surrounding states such as New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware are usually not far away on these lists and round out the top 10 or 15. It’s easy to see why New Jersey and other states end up in these unenviable positions.
New Jersey is a densely populated state with thousands of miles of highways crisscrossing the state and linking up with other highly populated cities. In addition, public transportation including buses and taxis coupled with high numbers of pedestrians and bicyclists all contribute to the chaotic nature of New Jersey’s roadways. The data used to compile worst drivers lists encompasses a wide range of factors. For example, recent statistics indicate that New Jersey recorded the second most motor vehicle fatalities per driver. There are also nearly 4 arrests for driving under the influence per 1,000 drivers.
Distracted driving is also one of the most common causes of automobile accidents. In fact, from 2004 through 2013, almost half of all car accidents that occurred in New Jersey were attributed to distracted driving. Unsafe driving behaviors such as texting, eating or putting on makeup while driving can cause serious accidents in an instant. In response to these statistics, New Jersey lawmakers have banned both texting while driving and the use of hand-held devices while driving. Speeding and reckless driving are also common contributors to a significant number of deadly motor vehicle accidents.
To make matters just a little bit worse, more than 10% of New Jersey motorists fail to maintain insurance. With this information it’s easy to understand why all of these factors, when combined, give New Jersey drivers a bad reputation. However, with the right advocate on your side you don’t have to let a bad driver ruin your life.
If you or a loved one has suffered significant injuries in an automobile accident caused by someone else’s negligent actions, it is important to seek legal assistance as soon as possible to preserve your rights. At Brady, Brady & Reilly, LLC our dedicated Kearny motor vehicle accident attorneys take the time to fully investigate your case and develop a solid legal strategy to help you recover the compensation you need and deserve to move on with your life in the best possible position. To schedule a free initial consultation, call (201) 997-0030 or contact us online. Se habla español