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Posted On June 27, 2023 Accident Tips & Prevention,Personal Injury

New Jersey Car Accident Statistics

Vehicle AccidentIn 2021, New Jersey’s car accidents continued a worrying trend upwards. According to the New Jersey State Police, the number of fatalities grew from 823 to 967 from 2020 to 2021. Responsibility for these fatalities isn’t divided evenly among the populace, either. Youths and the elderly are the most likely to be drivers involved in fatal car crashes, and male drivers also account for more accidents and fatalities. Year after year, driver inattention for more than 25% of all accidents in the state of New Jersey. If you were the victim of an inattentive or otherwise responsible driver, seek the assistance of a NJ car accident attorneys to protect your rights and get compensation. Give us a call at 866-778-5500 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation.

Car Accidents in New Jersey By Age

The distribution of fatal car accidents by age in New Jersey during 2021 reveals distinct patterns and vulnerabilities within different age groups. Those younger than 30 and older than 65 account for the largest proportions of drivers involved in traffic fatalities, for different reasons.

In 2021, three youths below the age of 17 and 27 people of unknown age died in car accidents. The number spikes to 72 victims in the 17-20 age bracket, reflecting the lack of experience and poor decisions sometimes made by young drivers.

Figures remain high in the 21-29 years of age bracket, with 211 drivers involved in traffic fatalities. Driving under the influence, inattention, and speeding are all common causes of accidents among this group. However, traffic fatalities and involvement in crashes begin to decline past this age.

Drivers between 30 and 39 years of age were only responsible for 185 deaths as of 2021. While these figures are higher than past years and many other states, they represent a significant decline from the 17-29 year old figures. The age group involved in the fewest traffic fatalities is the 40-49 year old group, which were only involved in 132 deaths in 2021.

Past 50 years old, involvement in crashes surges considerably. Middle aged and older drivers can struggle with health issues, declining awareness, and poorer reaction times that can contribute to poor outcomes. Drivers from 50-64 were involved in 205 fatalities, and all drivers 65 and above accounted for another 132 fatalities.

New Jersey Car Accidents By Sex

Men account for more than 70% of drivers involved in car accidents in New Jersey. Part of the discrepancy comes from the fact that male drivers do more driving than women, on average. This does not fully explain the gap, though, which has traditionally been explained by higher rates of drunk or aggressive driving among men.

In 2021, 690 men were drivers in fatal New Jersey car accidents. On the other hand, 251 women, one person in transition, and 25 individuals of unknown gender were drivers in fatal accidents. While the New Jersey Department of Transportation has not reported the total number of traffic accidents in 2021, four of the five previous years had featured more than 270,000 annual crashes.

Call a NJ Car Accident Lawyer

No Fee PromiseIf the other person was to blame for a crash you were involved in, a NJ car accident lawsuit might be the right step for you. Besides assigning responsibility where it belongs, you can receive compensation for economic damages like counseling, medical care, and car repairs. The NJ car accident attorneys at Console & Associates, P.C. stand ready to put together a strong case you can take to court. Just call at 866-778-5500 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation and get started.