Articles Posted in Pedestrian Accidents

A supermarket worker was injured after a car crashed into a Trader Joe’s supermarket in Westwood, New Jersey. According to an NBC New York news report, the driver of the vehicle, an elderly woman, was pulling out of a handicapped parking spot when she lost control and drove into the store on Irvington Street. The worker had just finished her shift and was getting a cart to do some shopping when the vehicle hit her.

The woman’s leg was wedged between the car and the two metal rims that keep carts together. The victim underwent surgery, but her condition is not known. The driver remained at the scene. The investigation is ongoing.
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An 18-year-old man was injured in a New Jersey car accident while crossing the street in a marked crosswalk. According to an NJ.com news report, the pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of the Newark-Pompton Turnpike and East Franklin Avenue in Pequannock. Officials say the teenager was crossing the road when a 67-year-old man who was driving a 2009 Honda struck him. The victim was transported to a nearby facility with neck pain and internal injuries to his torso. The driver was charged with failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

There is nothing to protect a pedestrian from suffering a serious injury in a car crash. It is common for victims to suffer bone fractures, internal injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. Whenever a pedestrian is injured, it must be determined who had the right of way and why the driver was unable to avoid the collision. In cases involving crosswalks, it is likely that the pedestrian had the right-of-way and the driver failed to yield.
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NJ Halloween Child InjuryThere are a number of reasons why Halloween is so dangerous for pedestrians. With trick-or-treaters walking in the neighborhood, it is important for motorists to drive carefully. If your children are participating in trick-or-treating on Halloween night, please make sure that you take the steps necessary to keep them safe from a child injury accident.

First and foremost, it is crucial that pedestrians obey the rules of the road. Crossing the street where there is no intersection or crosswalk can be extremely dangerous. Plan ahead and help your child map out a route that only requires him or her to cross the road where it is safe to do so. When they do have to cross the road, remind them how important it is to look both ways. Darting across the road is simply too dangerous to consider. Parents should accompany their younger children and teenagers should have a cell phone with them so they can alert their parents, should they need to do so.
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Ocean County Pedestrian Accident StatsOcean County was recently ranked sixth among the worst New Jersey Counties for fatal pedestrian accidents. The Tri-State Transportation Campaign released a report showing that the number of fatally injured pedestrians decreased this year in New Jersey, but the fatality rate for people aged 60 and up increased. According to MyCentralJersey.com, the report has inspired advocacy groups to call for safe routes for seniors.

The only counties listed as more dangerous than Ocean County for pedestrians were Hudson, Essex, Camden, Passaic, and Bergen counties. The report also stated that 17 elderly pedestrians were killed in Bergen County, 16 were killed in Essex, and 14 were killed in Ocean. It is important to pay attention to this recent increase in fatal pedestrian accidents involving individuals 60 and older. By the year 2030, more than one in five people in the tri-state region will be 65 or older.
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Two women, aged 37 and 18, were injured in a New Jersey car accident after a vehicle crashed into a bank. According to The Star-Ledger, the accident occurred at TD Bank on Georges Avenue in Woodbridge. Officials say a 30-year-old woman stepped on her accelerator instead of the brake, causing her car to crash through the front glass door of the bank. An 18-year-old woman at an ATM suffered minor cuts and a 37-year-old woman suffered lacerations on her foot and head that required medical attention. It is not clear if the woman is going to face citations for the crash.

Middlesex County is consistently near the top for New Jersey injury auto accidents. According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation, there were 6,149 injury accidents in Middlesex County in 2011. The only counties where more traffic-related injuries occurred were Bergen County with 6,877 accidents and Essex County with 6,400 injury collisions.

Any time a pedestrian or bystander is injured in an accident, it must be determined how and why the accident occurred. If the driver was negligent in some way, then he or she can be held accountable for the victim’s medical bills, pain and suffering, time away from work, and other related damages.

A 42-year-old Union City man was killed in a New Jersey pedestrian accident that may have involved a drunk driver. According to a report by The Record, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred on Tonnelle Avenue at 51st Street in North Bergen. Officials say the man was crossing at a signaled intersection when a Toyota Sequoia SUV struck him. The victim succumbed to his injuries shortly after the collision. The 70-year-old Jersey City man behind the wheel was charged with driving while intoxicated and first-degree death by auto.

Under New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice 2C:11-5: “Criminal homicide constitutes vehicular homicide when it is caused by driving a vehicle or vessel recklessly.” Forms of reckless driving that can result in a death by auto charge include falling asleep at the wheel after not sleeping for 24 hours, and operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

The family of someone killed in a drunk driving accident can pursue financial compensation for their terrible losses by filing a wrongful death claim. Drunk drivers can be held accountable for medical bills, funeral expenses, lost future wages, loss of companionship, loss of inheritance, pain and suffering, and more. A skilled lawyer can help hold the at-fault party responsible in such cases.

A 26-year-old man was injured in a New Jersey pedestrian accident involving a hit-and-run driver. According to The Star-Ledger, the hit-and-run accident occurred at Third and Pine Streets in Elizabeth. Officials say the man was crossing the road in a crosswalk when a tan-colored SUV turned left and struck him. The victim suffered abdominal and pelvic injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital. Officials are searching for the driver of the SUV whom they believe was traveling at a high rate of speed and failed to stop at a stop sign before striking the man and leaving the scene of the pedestrian accident.

It is a felony to leave the scene of an accident when someone has been injured or killed. According to a N.J.S.A. 39:4-129: “The driver of any vehicle, knowingly involved in an accident resulting in injury or death to any person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident or as close thereto as possible but shall then forthwith return to and in every event shall remain at the scene.”

Victims of hit-and-run drivers can pursue financial compensation for their losses whether or not the at-fault driver is tracked down and arrested by the authorities. Hit-and-run drivers who are charged with leaving the scene of a crash can be held accountable for their actions through civil litigation. When the driver is not found, however, compensation may still be available through the uninsured motorist clause of the victim’s own insurance policy.

You have probably heard of the dangers of texting while driving, but have you heard of texting while walking? According to a news report in The Huffington Post, 117 pedestrians in Fort Lee have faced citations for jaywalking since the city began citing pedestrians for texting while walking. Officials say they only issue tickets to pedestrians who are breaking pedestrian laws while texting and that there is no direct ban on texting while walking.

NJ Pedestrian CitationThis increase in citing distracted pedestrians is a direct reaction to the number of pedestrian accidents that occur in Fort Lee every year. In the year 2011, 74 pedestrian accidents occurred in Fort Lee, three of which resulted in fatalities. Officials hope that their crackdown on distracted jaywalking will help reduce these numbers.

According to an ABC News report, 60 percent of texters fail to walk in a straight line and that sending or reading a text message disrupts your ability to walk naturally. It is important that motorists exercise due care to avoid striking pedestrians, but pedestrians who step into traffic while staring at their smartphones simply expose themselves to danger.

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.”

According to a study by The Tri-State Transportation Campaign, pedestrians would be well advised to avoid walking along state highways. After reviewing New Jersey pedestrian accidents between the years 2008 and 2010, it became clear that even highways with sidewalks are hazardous. As reported by The Asbury Park Press, the most dangerous New Jersey roads for pedestrians include:

  • Routes 1 and 9 in Union County;
  • Routes 1 and 35 in Middlesex County;