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Deadly car accidents rose in 2016 here in New Jersey

Now that 2016 is over, data regarding a variety of traffic-related issues for that year is gathered such as the number of injuries suffered in crashes and traffic fatalities. The number of deaths for 2016 do not bode well for New Jersey. Deadly car accidents rose 8 percent from 2015. The data indicates that 607 lives were lost on the state's roadways last year.

That number is an increase of 45 deaths from 2015, which also saw a rise in fatalities from 2014. Since 2013, the number of people dying in traffic accidents has steadily risen. The data shows that failing to use seatbelts, distractions such as texting and speeding were the major contributors to the deaths reported.

In addition to the 333 drivers who died, 89 passengers, 18 bicyclists and 167 pedestrians lost their lives. Three counties -- Burlington, Middlesex and Monmouth -- saw the bulk of the deaths. Those who study traffic accidents say that deaths related to distracted driving and fatigue are on the rise. Even though the numbers are nowhere near New Jersey's 1996 high of 809 deaths, even one life lost is too many. 

In many cases, the negligence of another party caused the deaths. Outside of the emotional impact of the death of a loved one, significant financial losses often accompany fatal car accidents. Those families retain the right to file wrongful death claims against the party or parties deemed to be at fault. Successfully establishing through applicable evidence that a death was due to the negligence of another could result in an award of damages that could help alleviate those financial burdens.

Source: nj.com, "N.J. traffic fatalities soared in 2016 with 607 deaths", Susan K. Livio, Jan. 4, 2017

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