The statistics are in for 2015, and Monmouth County had the highest number of fatal crashes of all of the 21 counties in New Jersey. Given its geographical location in the middle of the state, its proximity to the Jersey Shore and its easily-commutable distance to New York City, this may not be surprising to some. In addition, thanks to the improving economy and cheaper gas, the overall number of people on the road is increasing, which in turn usually leads to more traffic deaths.
In total, 45 fatal accidents occurred in Monmouth County last year, according to NJ.com. Coming in second was Burlington County, which saw 43 deadly crashes. Hunterdon County and Warren County both saw the fewest number of fatal crashes. Overall, there 387 fatal accidents in New Jersey in 2015, resulting in a state-wide total of 407 deaths.
It seems that certain Monmouth County roads were the location of more fatal crashes than others. Roads that saw at least four fatal accidents include:
- Route 35
- The Garden State Parkway
- Route 18
- Route 34
- Route 33
Across the nation, from 2014 to 2015, traffic fatalities rose 1.1 percent. The number of traffic deaths in New Jersey appears to be increasing as well, and it looks like this year will be no different. The New Jersey State Police reports that there have been 398 crashes that caused 420 deaths so far in 2016. 34 of those fatalities occurred in Monmouth County. Middlesex County has seen the most deadly crashes so far this year with 35. It remains to be seen what the rest of the year will bring.