New Jersey distracted driving laws make it illegal for a person to text message on a cellphone while driving. Such laws were enacted to keep the highways safe, as the use of cellphones while driving is linked to frequent fatal and non-fatal accidents.
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.
A New Jersey tractor-trailer accident resulted in the death of one man and left another injured on Sept. 26. The accident occurred around 5 a.m. on the New Jersey Turnpike in Ridgefield Park near the entrance to the George Washington Bridge.
Five teenagers from Mainland Regional High School were injured on Aug. 30 when an accident occurred in Hamilton Township. The five girls were traveling to a charity soccer game when the Route 40 collision happened. One girl reportedly suffered serious injuries.
Reports say that six people died in four accidents on Aug. 27 in New Jersey. The accidents involved highway workers, a motorcycle and semi-trucks.
Two people died as a result of a head-on collision on Route 49, and two others were hurt after the Aug. 8 two-vehicle accident. The accident occurred near the old Penn-Salem Marina around 12:45 p.m. in the eastbound lane of Route 49 when a 2005 Toyota Corolla traveling in the west lane crossed into oncoming traffic and struck a 2013 Ford Escape.
A two-car accident that occurred in New Jersey on June 15 left one person dead and two others injured. According to the report, the crash took place at an intersection in East Windsor at 3:17 p.m.
A car accident that occurred in New Jersey on June 13 left one person dead and four others with injuries. According to the report, the incident took place on the New Jersey Turnpike near exit 14C just outside of Jersey City at approximately 6:16 a.m.
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.