Anyone getting behind the wheel of a car must understand that driving requires focus and concentration. Statistics reveal that motor accidents are the leading cause of death for people under age 55 in the United States.
Notwithstanding motorists’ safe driving practices, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration includes five New Jersey intersections among the nation’s most dangerous.
What are New Jersey’s most dangerous intersections?
Intersections occur where two or more roads meet with traffic coming from opposite directions. Most municipalities control intersection traffic with stop and yield signs, traffic lights, and roundabouts. However, insufficient maintenance, poor visibility and outdated or inadequate roads combine with increasing traffic volumes to pose substantial dangers at these five intersections.
- S. Route 322 and Whitehall /Corkery Lane in Gloucester County
- J. Route 129 and Lalor Street in Mercer County
- S. Route 22 and Adamsville Road/Morgan Lane in Somerset County
- J. Route 70 and Lakehurst Road in Ocean County
- County Route 524 and Sharon Station Road in Monmouth County
Local and state funding is necessary to pay for roundabouts, lanes, better signaling and other measures to improve safety at these intersections and reduce injuries and fatalities.
What are some tips for crossing dangerous intersections?
Approaching New Jersey’s dangerous intersections cautiously can counter the unpredictable actions of drivers crossing from another direction. Also, slowing down at a yellow light and gradually increasing speed when a red light turns green can prevent you from crashing with drivers who stall or make surprising maneuvers. Finally, carefully moving through an intersection can prevent you from hitting pedestrians out of your view or rear-ending cars ahead of you attempting to beat a light.
Whether your intersection accident injuries are due to another driver’s recklessness or other factors, you may qualify for compensation to facilitate your recovery.