A New Low is the New High: New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers Console & Hollawell Comment on Declining Fatal Accident Numbers

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A new report issued September 30 by the New Jersey State Police* shows fatalities from traffic accidents in 2012 down 5.3 percent from the previous year. This data plays in sharp contrast to the spike in deadly car accidents across the nation in 2012 as reported in late September by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Passaic car accident lawyer Richard P. Console Jr. believes the data could be misleading.

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Dangers to New Jersey motorists still exist and we have to do everything in our power to reduce or eliminate them.

A new report issued September 30 by the New Jersey State Police* shows fatalities from traffic accidents in 2012 down 5.3 percent from the previous year. This data plays in sharp contrast to the spike in deadly car accidents across the nation in 2012 as reported in late September by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA estimated 16,290 people have died on roadways in the United States in the first six months of the year, which is a 9 percent increase from 2011 – the highest spike since the agency began collecting accident data in 1975, according to NJ.com**. How is New Jersey managing to buck the national trend? Passaic car accident lawyer Richard P. Console Jr. believes the data could be misleading.

“A lower rate of fatalities, while important, doesn’t necessarily mean fewer accidents are occurring,” said Console. “More people could be surviving collisions, which might explain the lower occurrence of fatalities. Dangers to New Jersey motorists still exist and we have to do everything in our power to reduce or eliminate them.”

As of October 2012, there have been 412 fatal accidents in New Jersey resulting in the deaths of 433 people, according to the New Jersey State Police. That total is much lower than the 628 people that died in 587 traffic-related events during the previous year. There would have to be 195 deaths over the last three months of the year for New Jersey to equal or exceed the death toll from 2011. Console and his law firm of Galloway car accident attorneys see a number of police enforcement actions as keys to reducing the total number of roadway deaths.

“Police are enforcing state texting and cell phone bans aggressively,” commented Console. “The fines appear to be having a positive effect on keeping more drivers focused on the road in front of them. Driver distraction is the leading cause of auto crashes, not just in this state, but around the country as a whole. Distraction isn’t just the physical act of holding a phone. Taking your eyes off the road to glance at a phone next you is just as big a problem. So much can happen in those few seconds.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2012 data also showed the number of vehicle miles traveled increased by nearly 15.6 billion miles, pointing to a trend that drivers are operating their cars for longer periods of time. This information could suggest longer commute times as employees travel greater distances for work and varying job opportunities.

Console & Hollawell P.C. is a New Jersey law firm specializing in all areas of personal injury since 1994. The firm’s attorneys have obtained more than $30,000,000 in compensation for 5,000 satisfied clients over that time span building a strong reputation for aggressive representation and compassionate service.

** http://www.nj.com/independentpress/index.ssf/2012/10/49_decline_in_fatal_auto_accid.html

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