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Crashes on the rise in New Jersey in 2016

Fatal crashes in New Jersey lead to many lost lives and hurting families, and for the second year in a row, it's the Monmouth County residents feeling the worst of the losses. In 2015, there were 49 deaths as a result of 45 crashes. in 2014, there were 45 fatal crashes as well.

This county has a higher rate of crashes than the rest of the state; 1.5 times higher, to be exact. The state as a whole had 523 fatal crashes with 562 deaths in 2015, with many happening in counties such as Monmouth, Cape May and Atlantic. These are areas where high traffic is expected in the summer; they see many tourists and have major highways that pass through their areas.

Other things that affect the rate of fatalities includes the weather, which was a factor in 74 accidents, and speeding, which was a factor in around 20 percent of all accidents. Failing to yield and driving carelessly also resulted in crashes.

The police in New Jersey have made an effort to patrol the notably dangerous Interstate 95, but still, the interstate had the most fatalities of any road in New Jersey. This year isn't doing much better; it's estimated that the crash and fatality rates will exceed those in 2015.

As someone victimized by a poor driver or as a family member of someone who has passed away, know that you have legal options you can pursue. When the police come to a scene, they do collect evidence to prove who was at fault, which can be used to make a claim.

Source: NJ.com, "All 523 fatal crashes in N.J. last year on a single map," Erin Petenko, NJ Advance Media, Sep. 13, 2016

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