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NSC reports 2% decline in traffic deaths in 2019

| Nov 5, 2020 | Car Accidents |

The National Safety Council has some numbers out with regards to car crash fatalities in 2019, and though they are only estimates, they should still be alarming to drivers in New Jersey. The report says that some 38,800 people died in car crashes that year and that 4.4 million people had to seek medical attention because of a car accident.

Both numbers represent a 2% decline from the previous year. In 2018, a total of 39,404 people had died. In 2017, it was an even higher 40,231 people. Though the decline in fatalities is good news, a lot of work waits to be done.

What individual drivers can do

Change for the better begins with individual drivers. They should always be on guard against distractions, putting their phone out of sight while driving. They should stay sober. They must try not to drive when feeling fatigued.

Parents have a unique responsibility because teen drivers are often the most negligent. Parents should be familiar with their teen’s driving habits and lay down rules that discourage them from drowsy and distracted driving, among other things.

The NSC report and causation

The NSC did not go into causation in its preliminary report. Its 2018 report, though, mentioned that distracted driving was behind 8% of crashes and drowsy driving behind 2%. It also attested to a rise in pedestrian deaths.

What accident victims may want to do

Motor vehicle accidents that result in serious injuries may allow for a personal injury claim in New Jersey, which is a no-fault state. To see whether you’re eligible for compensation and how much, you may want to meet with a lawyer. With legal assistance, you may find it easier to face the defendant’s insurance company. Negotiations may end with you being reimbursed for your medical expenses, lost wages and other applicable losses.