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Top Causes of Motor Vehicle Accidents in New Jersey

by Staff Blogger | December 3rd, 2019

Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death and injury in the United States. This is particularly true in a state as population dense and with as many drivers as New Jersey. According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation, an average of 320,000 crashes are reported per year in the state.

New Jersey State Police say there have been 34 fatalities in Monmouth County alone in 2019. In Middlesex and Ocean counties, there have been 40 and 37 fatalities, respectively. As winter arrives and driving conditions worsen, we all need to be increasingly careful and aware of our surroundings when driving on busy toll roads. These include the Garden State Parkway, Atlantic City Expressway, and the New Jersey Turnpike, as well as other highways such as Route 70, Route 36, Route 18 and throughout busy towns like Eatontown, Toms River, Neptune, and Long Branch.

Accidents happen, but most are a result of human error and are preventable. It’s important to be knowledgeable of common auto accident causes in order to avoid being involved in such accidents.

Human Error

The good news about the majority of accidents being a result of human error is that we can each do our part to drive smarter and more carefully. We cannot prevent others from driving recklessly, but we can be alert and aware of those around us and avoid as many accidents as possible.

Distracted Drivers

In the age of the smartphone and touchscreen systems in most modern cars, drivers are often distracted at the wheel. It’s important to put phones down at all times and leave touch screens alone while driving, particularly on busy roads.

Driving Under the Influence

Driving is dangerous and difficult enough without bringing alcohol, drugs, and over-the-counter and prescription medications into the equation. Driving under the influence is simply dangerous and irresponsible. With buses, trains, and ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft available just about anywhere, especially throughout New Jersey, it simply isn’t worth the risk of driving under the influence.

Medical Conditions

Medical conditions are often unexpected, but it is important to see your doctor and make sure you are healthy enough to drive.

Being Lost or Not Knowing the Local Laws

Being unfamiliar with your surroundings can be a huge problem and cause of accidents, especially in busy areas. Focusing on what’s in front of you and knowing when to stop or keep driving is more important than getting somewhere on time. You can always turn around if you miss your turn or stop, but not if you get in an accident making a late stop or turn.

Mechanical Failure

Sometimes cars simply fail or die. Make sure you get your car inspected often so it is in the best condition possible.


With winter coming up, the roads are becoming increasingly wet and icy. Rain also plays a factor throughout the entire year. When the weather is bad, every driver on the road needs to be even more careful and aware of the possibility of hydroplaning and limited visibility created by rain, snow, or fog.

Accidents happen. If you or someone you know has been in an accident, do not hesitate to call us and get the compensation you need and deserve. Give us a call at 732-888-8888 or email us at