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Do More Accidents Happen on the Highway?

March 8, 2022

Do More Accidents Happen on the Highway? [Answered]

Most people remember the first time that they drove on the highway. It was probably overwhelming trying to merge when numerous cars were speeding by faster than you. When you add in the multiple lanes and drivers quickly changing between them, sometimes without a blinker or any advanced warning, it probably felt downright scary.

As we become better drivers, we are desensitized to the dangers of the highway, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t exist. In fact, our confidence can make us forget that driving on the highway is genuinely scary because that’s where most car accidents happen.

According to the NHTSA, more car accidents in the US happen on urban roads (like highways) as compared to rural town roads (like side streets). This is likely for several reasons.

First, there are usually more people driving on major highways compared to side streets. More cars on the road mean that there is a higher risk of a collision between two vehicles. It also means there is more congestion and stop-and-go traffic that is ripe for causing accidents.

Second, highways tend to have a faster speed limit compared to side streets. When cars travel at high speeds, it’s more likely that the driver will lose control of the vehicle and crash. It is also more likely that the crash will be serious than a minor fender bender. Plus, people are more likely to speed on the highway than on rural or city streets.

What are the Most Dangerous Highways in New Jersey?

Crashes on the highway are also more likely to be fatal, especially in New Jersey. This isn’t surprising since New Jersey is home to many major highways, including Route 80, Route 287, and the Garden State Parkway. Thousands of commuters use these highways to travel up and down the east coast corridor every single day.

The 173-mile long Garden State Parkway routinely tops the list as the deadliest highway in New Jersey. In 2018, there were 22 fatalities on the Garden State Parkway. This is hardly surprising since it is one of the most heavily trafficked highways in the entire state. However, Route 80 and Route 287 are quick to follow suit with 13 and 7 fatalities in 2018, respectively.

Who Should You Contact After a Car Accident in NJ?

Any car accident can cause serious injuries, even if it’s not fatal. These injuries can be life-altering, debilitating and leave you left with costly bills. If you’ve been injured in a car accident in New Jersey, reach out to Hoyt & Hoyt. We’re here to help you receive the justice and compensation you deserve.

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