We are in the thick of the 2021 holiday season, and that means many travelers on the road and lots of opportunities to consume alcohol. Many New Jersey residents who typically don’t drink much or with great frequency find that the holidays encourage them to have a cup of cheer.
That danger is amplified when the roads these buzzed motorists travel are dangerous already. According to one analysis, Interstate 95 — which runs right through our state — is considered the deadliest highway in the nation.
How we got here
The determination was made by taking into account the fatality rate of collisions, as well as the number of accidents. Another factor is the miles that are traveled. As I-95 runs down the eastern seaboard states from Maine to Florida, it is a major corridor for travelers and commercial truckers alike.
Holidays can be deadly times
When more motorists clog the highways on their ways to holiday destinations at the same time many more others are imbibing alcohol at parties and office soirees, the mix can indeed be quite deadly. Even when no one is killed in the crash, the injuries they suffer can be severe and life-altering.
What happens after a collision matters
If you have the misfortune to be involved in a car accident this holiday season, you need to know your rights and responsibilities. One of the most important responsibilities is to report the collision to the proper authorities. They will issue a determination of fault. That police report can be the basis of your personal injury claim against the negligent driver.