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The Most Dangerous Highways In NJ May Surprise You

Overall, traffic crashes and fatalities were down in 2018 compared with numbers from 2017. While that is encouraging, accidents and injuries involving bicyclists and pedestrians are up from 2017 to 2018. In fact, pedestrian and cyclist accidents are at the highest number they have been since 1990. One thing behind this increase is the fact that there are more people on the roadways. Another factor is that they are driving larger cars. A third factor is distracted driving and even distracted walking.

When it comes to the increased traffic, New Jersey.com reports that certain highways in New Jersey are the most dangerous. The roadways that most would think would be on the list of the most dangerous aren’t. For example, Pulaski Skyway is absent from the list, despite the fact that there are no shoulders. 

Using DOT crash statistics from 2018, the 12 highways with the most crashes were ranked. After that data was compiled, the highways were then ranked by the number of fatalities. 

Route 9 came in at number five with a total of 4,405 crashes. 1,165 of those crashes ended with injuries. 

Number 4 was I-80, which saw 4,722 crashes. This busy highway connects the Delaware and Hudson Rivers. 961 of the crashes resulted in injuries. 

Route 1 took the number three spot for the greatest number of crashes. There were 6,915 crashes, 1,596 of which ended in injuries. Part of what makes Route 1 so dangerous is a high number of traffic lights, intersections, and entrances and exits to parking lots. 

The New Jersey Turnpike had 7,777 crashes. That sounds like a lot, but consider the fact that this highway saw 230 million vehicles use the freeway in all of 2018. 

The Garden State Parkway took first place with the highest number of crashes. There were 10,363 crashes on the parkway last year. This highway also had the highest number of fatal crashes. However, there were 389 million toll transactions, which is how the amount of traffic on the highway is measured. 

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