Ocean County Accident Lawyers
A car accident can be one of the most stressful experiences in your life. Following your accident‚ you may be unsure of what steps to take next. You may be seriously injured and as a result have accumulating medical bills that you may be unable to pay because you cannot work. When you have been put in this position by the irresponsible actions of another‚ you should seek the expertise of auto accident lawyers in Ocean County.
Car Accidents in Ocean County
Over the past 10 years‚ Ocean County has ranked among the top ten counties for the most traffic fatalities (with the majority of these years being in the top 5). This has resulted in 560 deaths from January 2002 through May 2012.
While the New Jersey State Police (NJSP) did not cite specific reasoning for the dramatic decline in fatal accidents in both 2005 and 2008 it could be due to stricter enforcement by police with regards to speeding‚ seat belt use‚ and distracted driving.
As of May 2012‚ there had already been 17 fatalities‚ not far off from where the numbers were in 2011 at that time when there had been 22 deaths. This demonstrates that actions being taken with regards to road improvements‚ advances in the automotive industry‚ and the enactment of new traffic laws over the past year are not having a significant enough impact in Ocean County.
The probable reasoning behind this lack of change on Ocean County roads can most likely be contributed to driver inattention. The NJSP reports year after year that the most common contributing circumstance to traffic accidents is driver error. What this translates to is no matter how many safety steps are taken on our roadways or with our vehicles‚ this cannot make-up for the lack of attention from motorists. No safety feature in the world can keep a driver from blatantly disobeying the law by texting‚ speeding‚ or not adhering to traffic laws—the driver makes that decision on their own.
Distracted driving is just one of many instances that calls for a personal injury claim. When an accident is caused by a negligent action like distracted driving‚ the responsible party should be held accountable. Those who choose to hire an attorney to represent them in their claim receive 3.5 times more in compensation on average than those who do not.
The Garden State Parkway dissects Ocean County and is host to many fatal accidents each year. In 2010 more fatal accidents were on the Parkway (8) than any other roadway in the county according to the NJSP (photo credit: APP).
There are several major roadways that exist within Ocean County. These routes and highways can increase the likelihood of an accident as they have higher speed limits and more traffic that can cause aggravation.
The major roadways in Ocean County include:
- U.S. Route 9
- Garden State Parkway
- State Routes 13‚35‚ 37‚ 70‚ 88‚ and 166
In 2011‚ the majority of fatal accident occurred on Route 70‚ while in 2012 most accidents resulting in death happened on Cedar Bridge Avenue in Lakewood.
The Ocean County car accident attorneys at Console & Hollawell have been protecting the rights of accident victims for more than 17 years. Our knowledge and experience allow us to aggressively seek the best outcomes for our clients‚ which has resulted in tens of millions of dollars attained for more than 4‚000 clients. Let our skilled legal team assist you‚ call us today for your free case evaluation at (856) 778-5500.