New Jersey Turnpike Deaths Down in 2013
Ninety-five percent of all crashes are caused by human errors, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. And 75% of drivers believe that they are “safer” than other drivers. People may be misjudging their own abilities.
The New Jersey Turnpike this past year had the lowest number of deaths caused by crashes in its 62-year history. Only nine people suffered fatal injuries in 2013, compared to 24 who died in 2012.
New Jersey Turnpike Authority statistics note that the New Jersey Turnpike has a fatality rate that is just one-seventh of the national rate. The wide shoulders on the Turnpike may play a role in keeping people safer from deadly crashes.
Interestingly, the most common non-traffic car-related injuries, however, are caused by closing the door on a finger, or other body part. An estimated 98,000 injuries occur in non-traffic crashes on private roads, with pedestrians on driveways, and two-vehicle crashes in parking lots.
The most dangerous day to drive according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association is Saturday. Nearly 40,000 people die in the U.S. from accidents, with it being the number one cause of death for people ages 1-34.
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*BMJ Quality and Safety: International Journal of Healthcare Improvement