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Top 3 Reasons For New Jersey Rear End Accidents

By Lependorf & Silverstein on April 12, 2016

If you live in New Jersey, commuting to work, school, or home is a way of life. Whether you are a bridge-and-tunnel driver, a train traveler, or a bus-rider, you’ll be spending a good deal of time on the road. On average, New Jersey commuters spend roughly 30 minutes – both ways – traveling daily. Almost 15 percent of the population will travel distances longer than 60 minutes away. This means that not only are people on the road longer, they also have a greater opportunity for being involved in an accident.

Unfortunately, many of these accidents come in the form of rear-end collisions. Some of these accidents can be quite severe. In the summer of 2014, actor/comedian Tracy Morgan was involved in a rear-end truck accident on the New Jersey Turnpike, that claimed the life of a friend and left Morgan in a coma. While the severity of the crash and the coverage given was uncommon, such accidents are quite common along our state’s busy roadways. So why do rear-end accident occur with such frequency? Consider the following list of common reasons:

Speeding – While it may seem obvious, speeding is the number one reason for rear-end crashes. The faster and individual is going, the less likely they will be able to stop and increases the odds of a rear-end collision.
Tailgating/Road Rage – We’ve all been there. Some aggressive driver cuts you off and next thing you know, you’re tailgating the individual. Or maybe you were late for an event and in an effort to move things along you rode someone’s bumper. Or maybe you were caught up in a moment of road rage. Whatever the case, if the person applies their brakes, you may find yourself in more trouble than you counted on.
Texting or Talking – While a recent phenomenon, texting while driving has established itself a dangerous and deadly behavior. Every second a person looks down at their phone, is a second they are not paying attention to the road. Should someone suddenly pull out in front of them or cut them off, they may not have time to brake.

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