The police department in Paramus, New Jersey, and the Bergen County Prosecutor's office continue to look into the accident the killed one bicyclist and injured another. Two men, ages 23 and 24, were heading east on Midland Avenue in Paramus when an eastbound Jeep Grand Cherokee struck them, according to a police news release.
In an effort to create public awareness, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently published statistics about motor vehicle accident injuries in this country and the medical costs involved. The effect on the health care system and society as a whole is evident. National data shows more than 7,000 people each day or about 2.5 million per year are admitted to emergency rooms because of injuries suffered in a car accident. Almost 200,000 of those individuals were also hospitalized. The CDC would like to see more action aimed at reducing those numbers.
Medical expenses, lost wages and destruction of property that results from auto accidents costs New Jersey residents a significant amount of money each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, claimed monetary losses from auto accidents between 2007 and 2012 grew at an annual rate of 8 percent. Although the rate of bodily injuries declined, the expenses associated with auto accidents continued to make a considerable financial burden on the injured.
Are you a careful and conscientious driver? You might hope this diligence will keep you safe on the roads, but sadly this is not always the case. It only takes one negligent or distracted driver to trigger an incident affecting everyone on that stretch of road. It can happen to anyone, at any time, as became all too apparent to drivers in New Jersey after a single collision put five people in the hospital.
Road accidents happen almost every day in New Jersey, but they are never a matter to be taken lightly. A simple mistake on the part of one driver can have severe repercussions, and the busier the road, the higher the toll can be. Sometimes accidents are hard to avoid, if weather conditions are bad, the road is improperly maintained, or a distracted driver strays into your path. It is important to stay alert at all times when driving to have the best chance of staying safe and keeping others safe.