Continuing a three-year trend, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that traffic fatalities in New Jersey are down. In 2013, the last year for which complete statistics are available, the total number of deaths reached 542, compared to 589 in 2011 and 627 in 2010.
- Urban areas suffered the most fatalities at 463 with 329 deaths occuring for those in the pasenger seats. The rural areas had 79 deaths. About 748 drivers were involved in all the fatal crashes. The NHTSA estimates that at least 34 additional lives would have been saved if drivers in the state used their seat belts 100 percent of the time.
- About 146 died from alcohol-impaired driving accidents where the Blood Alcohol Concentration was .08 or higher. Speeding-related fatalities numbered 118.
- Pedestrians had 129 fatalities and bicyclists had 14. Motorcyclists suffered 56 fatalities. Most motorcyclists who died, 14, were in the 50 to 59 age group, followed by 13 from 20 to 29, and 11 from 30 to 39.
- In all accidents, about 40 percent involved passenger cars, 9 percent involved light utility trucks, 6 percent were in vans, 4 percent were in pickups, and 2 percent were in large trucks.
- Middlesex County had the most traffic fatalities at 10 percent, followed by Ocean County at 9 percent, and Atlantic County at 8 percent. With 7 percent of the fatalities each were Essex, Bergen, and Mercer Counties.
- Accident fatality rates in New Jersey at 6.09 per 100,000 people, which is actually lower than the 10.35 rate for the rest of the country.