A report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found that more people died in U.S. highway accidents in 2012 than in 2011. The NHTSA also found fatal alcohol-related accidents increased five percent, with most involving drivers with blood-alcohol content levels more than twice the legal limit. Additionally, the study found motorcyclist and semi-truck driver deaths also increased. While many of these numbers have risen since 2011, the data shows accident deaths are still the lowest they have been since 1950. Also, the study found New Jersey had the largest decline in alcohol-related fatal accidents.
No matter how safely a motorist drives, he or she can never be sure that other drivers are taking the same preventative precautions. Unfortunately, this means that motorists are often blindsided by a careless driver, and they are often seriously injured as a result. Because of this, car accident victims should be aware of the legal options available to help them regain their normal life.
Recently, a suspected hit-and-run accident on Route 78 eastbound near Union, New Jersey, sent a 55-year-old Pennsylvania woman to the hospital. According to the victim, the car accident occurred when a cream-colored four-door car hit hers in the left lane of the highway. The woman's car hit a guard rail as a result of the collision, and sustained damage to both its front and rear end. The car was towed after the accident. The woman complained of neck pain and was taken to the hospital. The accident caused minor traffic delays on the highway. The driver responsible for the accident has not been identified, and the case remains under investigation.
Recently, a collision between two cars on the Route 80 East in Parsippany, New Jersey, resulted in two lanes of the highway being shut down. It is unclear at this time how the car accident occurred. However, one motorist was rushed to the hospital with injuries, although it is unknown at this time how extensive the injuries are. The auto accident shut down two lanes for several hours before the road was cleared of the wreckage and normal traffic resumed.