Staying off of cell phones and focusing more on traffic can help, but you also have to obey the rules of the road.
Newark, NJ (PRWEB) September 13, 2012
Of all the cities in New Jersey with congested highways and aggressive motorists, only one can be the worst. Drivers in Newark, New Jersey are 59 percent more likely to get into car accidents than the national average, according to the 2012 “Allstate America’s Best Driver Report.” The city ranked eighth overall and came in ahead of much larger cities across the country, including Miami and San Francisco. No other city in the state appeared on Allstate’s 2012 report. Richard P. Console Jr., a Newark personal injury attorney and managing partner of Console & Hollawell P.C., has an idea of how to improve driver safety on Newark roadways.
“The responsibility rests with drivers to reduce their accident risks, whether it’s a highway or city street,” explained Console. “Staying off of cell phones and focusing more on traffic can help, but you also have to obey the rules of the road. Some drivers don’t realize how their speed affects reaction times and the ability of their cars to stop in time. A driver flying down the highway might only have seconds to react to avoid a deadly crash.”
From 2010 through August 2012, there have been 68 deaths from auto accidents in Newark, according to the New Jersey State Police. Allstate’s report reflects data collected from claims information analyzed by company actuaries from January 2009 through December 2010. Allstate drivers represent 10 percent of the nation’s total driving population, which makes the report a legitimate snippet of accident trends across the country, according to media releases by the company.
The report considered any collision resulting in a property damage claim, meaning each accident involved at least one damaged vehicle. Newark actually improved its standing from the 2011 report when it fourth worst in the nation. Console and his firm of New Jersey auto accident lawyers see this as a turn in the right direction, but there’s still room to improve.
“Enforcement of laws banning texting while driving and using handheld devices in New Jersey are having a positive effect,” said Console. “We’re seeing fewer accidents, but of course, you can’t catch everyone doing it all the time. This report shows conditions are improving, but drivers need to continue practicing safer strategies in cities like Newark to save lives.”
Since 1994, Console & Hollawell P.C. has helped car accident victims across New Jersey win tens of millions of dollars in compensation for their injuries. The firm has achieved a 97 percent success rate and received recognition from national organizations, including the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.