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Parkway fatalities multiplying in New Jersey: action to be taken?

Young drivers in New Jersey are the focus of a string of fatal motor vehicle accidents over the last few years. Of sixteen parkway fatalities this year, half of them are young men, in their teens or twenties. It appears that, since the accidents are occurring in different areas of the Garden State Parkway, there may be some educational action that could be taken. This is the new effort is an effort Jim Simpson, the State Transportation Commissioner, is exploring now.

After the tragic deaths of a few young men at railroad crossings last year, the commissioner saw to it that precautionary measures be installed to help lower the potential fatalities in the area. Simpson now would reportedly like to take some of those measures and use them in regards to these parkway incidences.

Drivers in New Jersey and other states have to go through a series of experienced schooling and tests before they are licensed to drive, and it is believed by some New Jersey officials that if there were more emphasis on education and programs about driving, then maybe there wouldn't be so many tragic accidents. Simpson explains that he feels the trend of young men being involved could be helped if the under-30 drivers were more aware of the risks and how to handle their cars in the event of a crash. This effort appears not to discount the capabilities of young drivers now, but stems from an observation and the hope that this is a problem that has a solution.

Several of the crashes have allegedly happened while going around a bend or curve, where the driver has lost control of the vehicle and seeks to correct. The commissioner's initiative could help drivers know where the problem spots are and how to react when they encounter one.

It's important to remember that some of these victims may have had people in their lives who depended on them for an income, and they are now not only having to deal with the loss of their loved one, but also the added financial burden. Should a New Jersey resident find themselves in a situation where they have been in or know someone who has been in an accident similar to these, there could be some support for them. Finding an appropriate personal injury attorney could help to have some recompense granted.

Source: nj.com, "N.J. tries to battle deadly parkway trend: young men in fatal crashes," Mike Frassinelli, Sept. 26, 2012

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