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Researchers Predict the Summer of 2015 Will Be Heavy on Auto Accidents

By Lependorf & Silverstein on June 3, 2015

New Jersey Auto AccidentResearchers from the National Safety Council (NSC), the American Automobile Association (AAA), and other groups are predicting that the summer of 2015 will be a bad one for car accidents – perhaps the worst in many years. Already, the Memorial Day weekend has proven to be a more deadly one on the nation’s roads, with New Jersey and other states breaking previous records for fatal accidents.

Why is the summer travel season likely to be more dangerous? Researchers point to several possible causes, all of which are converging on the 2015 summer season.

First, gas prices are at their lowest national average since 2009. Gas prices averaged $2.74 per gallon nationwide over the Memorial Day weekend, compared to $3.77 per gallon on average last year. Fewer dollars per gallon means lower bills at the pump, making it easier for families on a budget to choose driving as their preferred travel method.

Next, the harsh winter in many parts of the country – including New Jersey – has left families itching to get away, enjoy warmer weather, and shake off the winter blues. Now that summer is officially here, people who have been daydreaming of outdoor adventures for months finally have the chance to travel.

Finally, the official summer season from Memorial Day to Labor Day contains an extra week this year, due to the relatively early date on which Memorial Day fell. One extra week in the summer gives travelers more time to fit in day trips or weekend getaways.

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