A 69-year-old woman from Hackettstown was injured in a New Jersey car accident when a vehicle struck her as she crossed the street. The Express-Times reports that the pedestrian accident occurred on Main Street in Hackettstown. Officials say the woman was crossing the road outside of a crosswalk when the car struck her. She sustained a head injury and was flown to a nearby medical center. It is unclear if she will be cited for jaywalking, but the 50-year-old male driver was issued a summons for careless driving.
In circumstances involving a pedestrian accident, it must be determined why the driver failed to avoid the collision even if the pedestrian was not legally crossing the road. It is common for New Jersey pedestrian accidents to involve careless drivers who take their eyes off the road, lose focus, or exceed the speed limit.
According to New Jersey Statute 39:4-97, “A person who drives a vehicle carelessly, or without due caution and circumspection, in a manner so as to endanger, or be likely to endanger, a person or property, shall be guilty of careless driving.”
Victims of pedestrian accidents would be well advised to discuss their legal rights and options with an experienced lawyer. If it is determined that the driver was negligent or careless at the time of the collision, then financial compensation may be available for the victim’s losses.
The reputed NJ pedestrian injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein help victims of careless or negligent drivers receive fair compensation for their losses. If you or a loved one has been injured in a New Jersey car accident, please call our offices at (609) 240-0040 for a free case evaluation.