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Are the number of pedestrian deaths dropping in New Jersey?

With pedestrian accidents in the news so often, you may have found yourself asking if more people are actually getting hurt or dying in pedestrian accidents in New Jersey. Interestingly, the number of New Jersey road deaths have dropped, a news report from November 2014 shows.

New Jersey is known for having some of the most dangerous roads in the United States, which may be part of the reason why so many people get hurt when walking as pedestrians. Through better knowledge of the roads and perhaps changes to the roadways, the number of deaths is declining, though. Although no particular changes were listed, declines in death rates are often the result of better traffic safety and information.

The news reported that in 2013, 542 people died in crashes in New Jersey. While that's still a number that is high and unacceptable, that has dropped from the year before. In 2012, the number of people who died in crashes in New Jersey totaled 590.

The difference seems to be with the state roads; in general, the state roads were found to have been safer, and there was a decline in both motorcycle and pedestrian accidents. Unfortunately, Atlantic County still has some of the most dangerous roadways. In that county, 42 people were killed. With this information available, it should be possible for local officials to find ways to manage traffic to help reduce the number of fatalities each year.

As someone who has faced a pedestrian accident, knowing when to pursue a lawsuit can be difficult. If you want to discuss your case or need to understand the local laws for the roads, speaking with someone familiar with New Jersey road laws may help.

Source: NBC 40, "Number of New Jersey road deaths drops year over year" Nov. 19, 2014

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