New Jersey Fatal Accident Study:

New Jersey’s Deadliest Roads and Fatal Accident Statistics

Between 2017 and 2019, 1,640 crashes in New Jersey resulted in deaths. MoneyGeek analyzed these fatal accidents to identify the deadliest roads in the state. Our study also explored various factors contributing to these crashes.

Last Updated: 4/26/2022
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MoneyGeek’s study on the deadliest roads in New Jersey examined 1,640 crashes that resulted in fatalities from 2017 to 2019 — the most recent data currently available. The accidents analyzed occurred on 834 roads out of the state's 85,108 miles of road. We looked at how factors like drunk driving, speeding and distracted driving contributed to these crashes. Our analysis also breaks down data for every county in New Jersey, including the deadliest roads in each.

Key Findings

  • US-30 from Marshall Ave. to Stratford Ave. is the deadliest stretch of road in New Jersey. There were nine accidents there in the three years examined.
  • 22% of fatal accidents were related to drunk driving. Nearly 20% involved speeding.
  • Distracted driving was involved in 23% of accidents, the highest occurrence of any factor examined. New Jersey ranks poorly for distracted driving compared to other states in the U.S., ranking eighth-worst in MoneyGeek’s distracted driving study.
  • The month of October had 172 fatal accidents, the most of any month. September (166) and July (156) had the next highest numbers of crashes, respectively.
  • Middlesex was the county with the most fatal accidents in the state. Most of these occurred on I-95.

10 Deadliest Road Stretches in New Jersey


  • DEADLIEST ROAD IN NEW JERSEY
    US-30 from Marshall Ave. to Stratford Ave.
    Stratford | Clementon | Lindenwold | Berlin
    US-30 from Marshall Ave. to Stratford Ave.
    • Fatal Accidents:9
    • fatalities:12
    • Crashes Per Mile:1.9
    • distance:4.7 miles
  • I-95 from Exit 1 to Vince Lombardi Service Area Exit
    Ridgefield Park | Leonia | Teaneck | Englewood | Ridgefield | Fort Lee
    I-95 from Exit 1 to Vince Lombardi Service Area Exit
    • Fatal Accidents:9
    • fatalities:10
    • Crashes Per Mile:2.1
    • distance:4.2 miles
  • US-1 from Garden St. to Exit 57
    Newark | Elizabeth
    US-1 from Garden St. to Exit 57
    • Fatal Accidents:9
    • fatalities:9
    • Crashes Per Mile:2.2
    • distance:4.1 miles
  • SR-27 from Seminary Ave. to Carolyn Terrace
    Rahway | Roselle | Linden
    SR-27 from Seminary Ave. to Carolyn Terrace
    • Fatal Accidents:9
    • fatalities:9
    • Crashes Per Mile:2.7
    • distance:3.3 miles
  • SR-38 from Marginal Rd. to Chestnut St.
    Cherry Hill | Pennsauken
    SR-38 from Marginal Rd. to Chestnut St.
    • Fatal Accidents:9
    • fatalities:9
    • Crashes Per Mile:2.6
    • distance:3.5 miles
  • SR-21 from Chester Ave. to Broad St.
    Newark
    SR-21 from Chester Ave. to Broad St.
    • Fatal Accidents:9
    • fatalities:9
    • Crashes Per Mile:2.4
    • distance:3.8 miles
  • I-80 from Exit 28 to Exit 19
    Mt Olive
    I-80 from Exit 28 to Exit 19
    • Fatal Accidents:8
    • fatalities:10
    • Crashes Per Mile:1.7
    • distance:4.8 miles
  • US-322 from Village Pkwy. to Walnut St.
    Gloucester County
    US-322 from Village Pkwy. to Walnut St.
    • Fatal Accidents:8
    • fatalities:10
    • Crashes Per Mile:2.0
    • distance:4.0 miles
  • SR-42 from Leddon Lane to Exit 8
    Gloucester County | Camden County
    SR-42 from Leddon Lane to Exit 8
    • Fatal Accidents:8
    • fatalities:9
    • Crashes Per Mile:1.7
    • distance:4.8 miles
  • SR-440 from Bennett St. to Hook Rd.
    Jersey City | Bayonne
    SR-440 from Bennett St. to Hook Rd.
    • Fatal Accidents:8
    • fatalities:9
    • Crashes Per Mile:1.9
    • distance:4.1 miles

Drunk Driving Involved in 22% of Fatal Accidents

Out of the 1,640 recorded fatal crashes in New Jersey, 354 involved drunk driving. That’s approximately 22% of all accidents resulting in death in the state.

Driving after consuming alcohol can severely impair your ability to operate a car safely. In New Jersey, having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.8% makes you legally drunk. However, even a 0.2% BAC can cause visible signs of driving impairment. It puts you, your passengers and other drivers on the road in danger.

It may not always lead to a fatal accident, but the consequences of drunk driving can be significant. At the very least, you could have your license suspended, resulting in limited driving privileges. Worst-case scenarios could mean some jail time for you. Another consequence that drunk driving guarantees less affordable auto insurance in New Jersey.

Speeding Is a Factor in 19% of Fatal Crashes

There were 319 speeding-related fatal accidents in New Jersey between 2017 to 2019. That’s 19% of all crashes resulting in death in the state. Driving beyond the legal speed limit poses several dangers on the road. It increases your stopping distance and the strength of the impact if you crash into another object. Because of your momentum, your car’s protective equipment becomes less effective when you speed.

Distracted Driving Contributed to 23% of Fatal Accidents

From 2017 to 2019, distracted driving contributed to 23% of all fatal crashes in New Jersey — slightly more than drunk driving, the second-most prevalent factor. This percentage translates to 371 recorded distracted driving-related incidents in three years. A MoneyGeek distracted driving study ranked New Jersey as the eighth-worst state for distracted driving in the U.S.

October Had More Fatal Accidents Than Any Other Month

MoneyGeek compared the number of fatal crashes each month and found that October had the most. A total of 172 accidents occurred during this month from 2017 to 2019; that’s 10.5% of all total fatal crashes in New Jersey. The months with the following highest numbers of deadly crashes are September (166) and July (156).

Average Fatal Accidents by Month
Month
Fatal Accidents
Drunk Driving Related
Distracted Driving Related
Winter Conditions
Speeding Related
% of Total

January

134

27

35

3

27

8.2%

February

95

15

17

6

16

5.8%

March

96

11

17

3

11

5.9%

April

120

26

25

0

24

7.3%

May

131

27

31

0

36

8.0%

June

147

45

34

0

33

9.0%

July

156

40

45

0

23

9.5%

August

135

38

30

0

28

8.2%

September

166

30

33

0

35

10.1%

October

172

28

46

0

29

10.5%

November

142

35

31

2

32

8.7%

December

146

32

27

4

25

8.9%

Driving Safely Protects You, Others and Your Wallet

Being a responsible driver brings several advantages. Not only does it keep the roadways of New Jersey safe, but it also benefits you financially. However, no matter how careful you are on the road, sometimes accidents happen. Having an affordable full coverage car insurance policy is crucial in times like these. It can financially protect you, your loved ones and your vehicle after a crash.

The average cost of full coverage car insurance in New Jersey is $1,674 per year. Remember that this is the state average — your premiums can vary depending on where you live. For example, auto insurance in Newark — New Jersey’s most populous city — costs $1,775 per year on average for coverage. In comparison, you’ll spend around $1,573 annually on car insurance coverage in Jersey City. That’s a difference of $202.

Besides location, your rate may also be affected by other factors unique to your driver profile. These may include your age and driving history. Premiums also vary between insurers. Comparing quotes can help you find the cheapest car insurance available for you.

Fatal Accidents and Most Dangerous Roads: County Breakdown

Fatal accidents in five counties in New Jersey accounted for 613 incidents; that’s roughly around 37% of all crashes resulting in deaths within the state. Of all the counties in New Jersey, Middlesex has the most, with 134 fatal accidents. Most of these occurred along I-95 and involved speeding and drunk driving.

Fatal Accidents and Contributing Factors By County
County
Fatalities
Fatal Accidents
Drunk Driving Related
Distracted Driving Related
Speeding Related
Most Deadly Road (Fatal Accidents)

Middlesex

146

134

35

29

36

I-95 (12)

Camden

136

127

24

32

25

US-30 (19)

Ocean

131

120

25

29

19

SR-70 (15)

Essex

121

117

18

22

15

SR-21 (9)

Burlington

125

115

28

26

25

US-130 (12)

Gloucester

124

115

22

31

23

US-322 (19)

Monmouth

108

101

35

18

26

SR-36 (9)

Bergen

101

97

8

25

16

I-95 (9)

Atlantic

98

91

28

22

30

US-40 (14)

Union

84

83

19

17

11

SR-27 (9)

Morris

86

76

9

15

11

I-80 (21)

Mercer

76

75

16

16

20

I-95 (9)

Passaic

70

65

16

20

11

I-80 (6)

Hudson

67

63

10

15

13

SR-440 (8)

Cumberland

64

61

21

12

12

SR-47 (8)

Somerset

57

56

9

15

5

I-78 (11)

Cape May

39

38

13

12

5

US-9 (7)

Sussex

33

32

6

6

4

SR-23 (4)

Salem

35

30

5

1

5

US-40 (4)

Warren

28

27

5

4

6

I-80 (9)

Hunterdon

17

17

2

4

1

SR-31 (5)

Methodology

MoneyGeek analyzed data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Fatal Accident Reporting System (FARS) database using fatality data from 2017, 2018 and 2019. This is the most recent data available.

About the Author


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Doug Milnes is the head of marketing and communications at MoneyGeek. He has spent more than a decade in corporate finance performing valuations for Duff and Phelps and financial planning and analysis for various companies including OpenTable. He holds a master’s degree in Predictive Analytics (Data Science) from Northwestern University and is a CFA charter holder. Doug geeks out on building financial and predictive models and using data to make informed decisions.


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