Study Shows Accidents Increased at NJ Intersections with Red Light Cameras
Red light cameras were installed at busy New Jersey intersections with the intention of reducing traffic accidents and careless driving. However, a new study shows that accidents have actually become more frequent at these intersections. According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation, the number of accidents at intersections with red light cameras has increased slightly and the number of rear-end collisions has risen significantly.
Officials say that there were 577 collisions at the 83 intersections with cameras before they were installed and 582 collisions after they were installed. Additionally, rear-end collisions have increased by 20 percent at these busy intersections. According to a report in The Newspaper, rear-end collisions may have increased because drivers who see the cameras are more likely to slam on their brakes to avoid a ticket.
While lawmakers determine whether or not to keep the cameras, it is important for motorists to exercise due care at intersections. Princeton intersection accident injury attorneys recognize the importance of drivers always remembering to obey traffic lights and stop signs. Never speed up to make a light or slam on your brakes when there is a vehicle directly behind you. It is in your best interest to use caution and to only enter an intersection when it is absolutely safe to do so.
If a careless driver injures you in a New Jersey car accident, make sure to protect your rights by contacting a skilled personal injury lawyer. Financial compensation may be available for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related damages. A knowledgeable attorney will help determine liability for the crash and hold the at-fault driver accountable for your losses.
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