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Sobering statistics about alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents

Each year roughly 550 New Jersey residents are killed as a result of alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents. The state has begun implementing an annual program called, "Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day!" in an effort to reduce overall traffic deaths. The Department of Law & Public Safety encourages residents to observe each Oct. 10 as a day free of traffic-related fatalities. The goal is to inspire the use of extra caution by every motorist, bicyclist and pedestrian using New Jersey roadways on Oct. 10.

According to the DLPS, the use of alcohol by some drivers contributes heavily to the numbers of overall motor vehicle accidents and their resultant fatalities. Taken from national statistics, 10,322 Americans died in 2012 in alcohol-related accidents. Basically, this means that someone was killed that year as the result of drinking and driving every 51 minutes!

Here in New Jersey the statistics are a little less grim. For example, so far this year there has been 32 traffic related motor vehicle accidents in Bergen County and 16 in neighboring Hudson County, New Jersey. It is unknown how many of those involved alcohol but when compared to the national average it's safe to say that a good number of them might have been prevented if drivers would have abstained from drinking before taking to the roads.

If you are a New Jersey motorists injured by an alcohol-related accident then you already know the terrible costs associated with these preventable collisions. In many of these cases victims suffer serious injuries which require expensive medical treatments and can keep them from work. However, New Jersey law allows injured motorists to sue negligent parties to recover compensation for those losses. Each case is unique, but through civil litigation it may be possible to begin putting your bad experience behind you.

Source: New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety, "Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day" Oct. 16, 2014

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