Although it may seem like accidents are an everyday occurrence on nearly every highway in New Jersey, some roads do tend to be more dangerous than others. Ten of the most dangerous highways in New Jersey, based on the number of crashes per year, include:
The 10 Most Dangerous Roads
- Route 27: Stretching from Newark Airport through Princeton, Route 27 travels through several major municipalities and shopping districts, leading to pretty heavy traffic; in 2018, Route 27 had a crash rate of 8.27.
- I-78: Running from New York City via the Holland Tunnel all the way across New Jersey to the Pennsylvania border, I-78 can see as much as 150,000 vehicles per day as drivers travel out of the city and across New Jersey.
- Route 9: Running from the Jersey Shore all the way up to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, Route 9 experiences heavy traffic in Middlesex and Monmouth Counties.
- Route 130: U.S. Route 130 runs from the New Jersey Turnpike where it crosses into Delaware, all the way north to U.S. 1 near New Brunswick, with some of the most dangerous sections located on portions in Burlington County.
- I-295: I-295 in New Jersey runs from the southern terminus of the New Jersey Turnpike near Wilmington, Delaware, parallel to the Turnpike for much of its course, until reaching Trenton where the highway encircles the city before crossing over into Pennsylvania; as a result, I-295 also sees significant daily traffic (typically over 100,000 vehicles)
- Route 30: U.S. Route 30 crosses South Jersey, from near Camden all the way into Atlantic City, running largely parallel to the Atlantic City Expressway
- Route 1: U.S. Route 1 runs from the Pennsylvania border in Trenton north, merging with U.S. Route 9 until reaching the George Washington Bridge
- I-80: Interstate 80 begins in New Jersey in Teaneck, running across North Jersey to the Pennsylvania border; the highway’s Passaic County stretch is one of its busiest, with over 100,000 vehicles on a normal day
- New Jersey Turnpike: One of New Jersey’s two major highways, the New Jersey Turnpike easily comes in second out of all roads in New Jersey for both traffic volume and number of traffic accident fatalities.
- Garden State Parkway: The Garden State Parkway is New Jersey’s busiest highway, but also its deadliest highway, with traffic particularly heavy during the summer months as people travel to and from the Jersey Shore.
What to Do If You Were in an Accident on a New Jersey Highway?
If you or a loved one are involved in an accident on one of these or another of New Jersey’s highways, you should remember to take the following steps:
- Call 911 if someone has been injured; if not, contact local law enforcement or the New Jersey State Police to have an officer or trooper come to the scene to prepare an accident report
- If it is safe to do so, take photos of the accident scene, the damage to the vehicles, and any injuries you suffered
- Get the name, contact information, license and registration, and insurance carrier and policy number for each of the drivers involved in the accident
- Notify your insurance company of the accident, even if you don’t think you were at fault
- Get checked out by your doctor, even if you don’t feel like you were hurt in the accident
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