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Causes of fatal accidents in New Jersey and across the U.S.

New Jersey drivers should be aware of the data compiled by the Auto Insurance Center, which researched fatal car accidents in the United States between 2009 and 2013. The Auto Insurance Center’s data, which showed the leading cause of fatal accidents in each state, determined that New Jersey drivers were most likely to die from accidents caused by failure to stay in the proper lane. This was the leading cause of fatalities in most other states as well.

In neighboring state Pennsylvania, the Auto Insurance Center found that driving on the wrong side of the road was the leading cause of fatal accidents. In Delaware, failure to adjust to a road obstruction caused the most fatal accidents. In seven states, the Auto Insurance Center found that the leading cause of fatalities was failing to yield to another driver who had the right-of-way.

Causes in other states included reckless or careless driving, overcorrecting, not adjusting to road surface, making improper turns and operating without required equipment. In addition to negligence on the driver’s part, weather was also a significant factor in many fatal accidents. Along the coasts and in the South, fog was more likely to cause fatal accidents. In the Northeast and Midwest, snow was to blame for more fatalities. Crosswinds caused more fatalities in the Southwest while the rest of the country experienced more deadly car accidents from sleet.

Drivers or passengers who were injured due to the actions of a negligent driver may be eligible for compensation for medical expenses as well as pain and suffering. A personal injury lawsuit may determine whether the at-fault driver holds liability for these damages, especially if factors such as distraction or drunk driving were involved. A personal injury attorney may be able to provide assistance in recovering losses caused by the accident.

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