Why Do You Need To Know This?
It’s no secret that car accidents kill a lot of people and injure thousands more. In the United States, car accidents rank as the third most common cause of death. Worldwide, they rank as the eighth most common cause of death. As such, driving a car is probably the riskiest thing that most people do on an everyday basis.
That is exactly why it pays to avoid the areas in which the greatest number of auto accidents occur. We might ask ourselves: “Why do some areas see more accidents than others?” And the honest answer is that we don’t know, and we don’t need to know. We just need to know where the most dangerous areas are (so that we can avoid them). With that in mind, let’s see which cities in New Jersey have the most car accidents.
Which Cities Are The Most Dangerous?
Because accident-related data is usually public, it is not hard to find some numbers on this subject. Here is an excellent article that gives us a look at the whole thing on a town-by-town basis. According to these people, New Jersey had about 270,000 auto accidents in 2015. While this represented a slight drop in relation to previous years, these accidents were not evenly distributed.
The following cities seem to have the most car accidents:
- Newark (10,156 accidents)
- Jersey City (7,962 accidents)
- Elizabeth (4,335 accidents)
- East Orange (2,655 accidents)
- Linden (2,266 accidents)
- New Brunswick (1,738 accidents)
- Mount Laurel (1,713 accidents)
- Sayreville (1,634 accidents)
- West Orange (1,564 accidents)
- South Plainfield (1,018 accidents)
Of course, it should be noted that car accidents can happen anywhere. Avoiding these cities will not necessarily be enough. As we already know, New Jersey saw about 270,000 wrecks in 2015. Newark had the biggest share of these wrecks, but that share only accounted for about 4% of the total.
Population Seems To Be The Biggest Factor
When we ask ourselves why some cities see more wrecks than others, the answer is not an obvious one. However, we do see one pervasive trend that offers a reasonable answer. As this article outlines, the numbers make a lot more sense when we break them down at the county level. When we do that, we can see that the most heavily populated counties are the ones that have the greatest number of car accidents.
This means car accidents can be explained by overpopulation. More people in a crowded space equals a greater chance of collision. For the record, here are the counties that experienced the greatest number of crashes from 2015 to 2017:
- Hudson County (198,000 accidents)
- Essex County (34,800 accidents)
- Bergen County (15,700 accidents)
- Passaic (17,300 accidents)
As you can see, Hudson County is (by far) the most dangerous county in the state, at least when it comes to car accidents. This might very well be since Hudson County is one of the most overpopulated places in the state.
Which Areas See The Most Fatalities?
Although a car accident is always a big problem, we should give some special attention to fatal car crashes. After all, these are the worst-case scenarios that we all dread. According to this article, which is based on road fatality statistics from the state police, these are the New Jersey counties where you are most likely to die in a car wreck:
- Middlesex County (39 deaths)
- Burlington County (35 deaths)
- Camden County (32 deaths)
- Essex County (29 deaths)
- Ocean County (27 deaths)
- Gloucester County (25 deaths)
- Atlantic County (19 deaths)
- Morris County (19 deaths)
- Monmouth County (19 deaths)
- Bergen County (19 deaths)
A Few Other Points Of Caution
First, remember that many accidents occur at intersections. These are areas in which many cars are changing direction at the same time, and it only takes one mistake to cause a serious problem for everyone. Always proceed through the intersection slowly, giving other cars time to get out of your way.
You should also remember that interstate driving is always the most dangerous. When driving on the highway, you will be driving at much higher speeds (as opposed to in-town driving), and that extra speed amounts to a much greater impact if you should crash. Therefore, you should avoid the common mistake of driving on the interstate when you are tired.
Many accidents are caused by distracted driving, and cell phones are the number one culprit. “Texting and driving” has become such a problem that some states have even gone so far as to make it illegal. Never use your cell phone while driving, as no call or text message could ever be worth the risk. You can always call them back when you get home!
No matter where you go, it always pays to be a cautious driver. Even if you do not make a single mistake, you still must be on the lookout for the mistakes of other drivers. Still, this information might save your life if you act on it properly.
In closing, we are not telling you to avoid the areas listed here, as that might not be possible for you. If you have any business in one of these places, you cannot reasonably be expected to avoid them. However, these are the cities and counties in which you should exercise the most caution. You should especially avoid crowded driving situations because those seem to carry far more risk than any other kind. If you have found this article to be helpful, and if you would like to know more, please fill out the contact form below.