New Jersey roads have some of the highest accident rates in the country. Below our auto accident attorney Richard Schibell breaks down some of the most popular and statisticly dangerous roads in our state.
Garden State Parkway Collisions
New Jersey’s Garden State Parkway was the site of 29 automobile collisions that resulted in 32 deaths in 2016 alone. Rewind time to 2015 and merely 10 people perished in 10 total accidents on this dangerous road. The frequency of collisions and subsequent deaths makes the Garden State Parkway New Jersey’s deadliest place to drive. According to New Jersey State Police, 10 individuals perished after being ejected from their automobiles on this stretch of roadway. The majority of these victims were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the accident. The parkway’s fatality rate was 0.49 per 100 million miles, surpassing the Parkways’ average of 0.41 deaths for every 100 million miles traversed across the prior 10 years.
The rise in Garden State Parkway traffic is part of the underlying problem. More automobiles sharing a limited amount of space almost always translates into an increase in accidents and deaths. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 94% of accidents are caused by driver err. The Garden State Parkway stretches approximately 173 miles, running from Cape May to Montvale. Officially known as New Jersey Route 444, the Parkway is the longest road in the entire state. Complicating this stretch of road is the fact that is has the busiest toll-ways in the entire nation. All in all, two million vehicles cross the Garden State Parkway every single day.
The Garden State Parkway was built after the end of World War II. Though construction officially commenced in 1946, progress slowed until about five years passed. Once the state legislature provided proper funding for the continued development of the road, it finally began to take shape. The end result was a lengthy stretch of road featuring a unique landscape and a highly-innovative means of travel, allowing New Jersey residents to enjoy a corridor throughout the state. The Parkway features safeguards ranging from landscaped medians to wide lanes, overpasses that blend in with the nearby landscape and rumble strips.
Collisions on the New Jersey Turnpike
Though the New Jersey Turnpike experienced an uptick in traffic in 2016, the fatalities on this stretch of highway dropped to 21. A year prior, the Turnpike was the site of 25 deaths. The Turnpike is located on the same route as I-95, covering a total of 122 miles across the Garden State. This stretch of highway extends from the Salem County US 130 interchange to the Delaware Memorial Bridge and all the way to the George Washington Bridge located in Bergen. Both the Turnpike and I-95 provide a convenient corridor between the interstates located along the Hudson River to interstates by the Delaware River.
Of all the toll roads in the United States, the Turnpike is the sixth busiest. Those who engineered the Turnpike designed it to accommodate vehicles moving between 70 mph and 75 mph for the majority of its length. The Turnpike’s first speed limit was 60 mph. Today, there is a 65 mph speed limit on the Turnpike and the rest of the state’s highways.
Car Accidents on Route 287
Those looking to traverse the New York-New Jersey beltway around the Big Apple through the eastern counties of New Jersey are reliant on Interstate 287. The Garden State portion of this route extends about 70 miles from Middlesex County’s I-95 to the part of the Hudson River located at South Nyack. In 2017, Interstate 287 in New Jersey had a 1.82 crash rate as measured by collisions per every million miles traversed. This is a minor increase from the 1.73 crash rate in the years prior.
Auto Accidents on Route 10
New Jersey’s Route 10 stretches nearly 24 miles across the northern region of the state, connecting Route 46 with Essex County’s Prospect Avenue. According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation, in 2017 there was a collision rate of 3.81 accidents per million miles traversed on Route 10. This is a considerable increase from the 3.48 crash rate for the same area in the prior year.
Accidents on Route 46
Route 46 spans 75 miles, stretching from the George Washington Bridge to Warren County’s I-80. This route is an essential east-to-west corridor for transportation linking the Delaware and Hudson rivers. In 2017, Route 46 had an accident rate of 3.72 accidents for every million miles traversed. This figure is slightly higher than the 3.63 crash rate in 2016.
Collisions on Route 80
Route 80 stretches nearly 70 miles from Teaneck’s I-95 corridor and NJ Turnpike to the Delaware Water Gap. Exactly 11 fatalities occurred on Route 80 three years ago – an increase from nine in the year prior. This death total puts Route 80 as New Jersey’s eighth most fatal road. In 2017, Route 80 had a crash rate of just over two accidents for every million miles traveled, a minor increase from 1.97 the year prior. It is interesting to note the crash rate in 2015 was 1.94.
Accidents on Route 280
Route 280 links Morris County’s I-80 to Kearny’s I-95. This route stretches a total of 18 miles across the Watchung Mountains. Route 280’s crash rate in 2017 was 3.96 accidents for every million miles traversed. This is a meaningful increase from the ’16 crash rate of 3.85 and the ’15 crash rate of 3.87.
If you are involved in an auto accident and feel immediate pain or no pain at all, contact Richard Schibell today. We will help you obtain compensation for obvious injuries as well as injuries that do not manifest right away. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and fast-track your case for justice in the form of the financial compensation you need and deserve.