City traffic engineers and drivers alike have a responsibility to try to make New Jersey roadways safe. One aspect of a traffic engineer's job is to address unsafe road conditions such as intersections and traffic directives that have proven to be especially dangerous to motorists and pedestrians. Drivers, of course, must try to prevent personal injury by exercising due caution and limiting distractions. A recent pedestrian accident in Burlington County reminds us of the vital importance of these issues.
State police and highway traffic officials are trying to figure out why the number of fatal car accidents increased in New Jersey in 2011. Statewide, 82 more people were killed in traffic accidents than in 2010, and a staggering 52 of those fatalities were reported in Burlington County, up from 34 in the previous year. Across the state, 146 pedestrians were killed, reflecting an increase of five. In all of New Jersey, there were 638 people killed in 596 accidents. Why?
A recent motor vehicle accident has left a New Jersey man dead and another injured. The accident involved only one vehicle, but no information was available as to which man was driving the car at the time. Authorities are conducting an investigation into the accident to determine the cause of the crash.Tragically, the accident happened at 1:11 a.m. on the Thursday before Christmas, Dec. 22. The two men were going southbound on a major thoroughfare when their car left the roadway and hit a guardrail. That caused the vehicle to overturn and cross the median before coming to rest on the other side of the road. When emergency responders arrived, they found the car to be engulfed by flames, and both men had been ejected from the vehicle.
Nov. 11 marked a sad day for Burlington County residents in terms of traffic fatalities. On that day, an 86-year-old woman was killed in a car accident, and according to New Jersey State Police, her death marks the 43rd motor vehicle fatality in Burlington County this year.