A 56-year-old man was critically injured in an October 24, 2008 Clifton pedestrian accident after he was struck by a car while crossing the street. According to this news report in the Bergen County Record, the victim was walking west of Paulison near Clifton Avenue when he was struck by 34-year-old Orlandito Rodriguez, who was driving a silver 2002 Acura traveling south.
The victim was struck in the leg and suffered head injuries with potential traumatic brain injury. He was admitted to an area hospital in the intensive care unit, the report stated. The driver, Rodriguez, has not yet been cited or arrested pending an investigation. Police also say Rodriguez did not seem to have been operating under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. According to the news report, police in Clifton have responded to 76 pedestrian accidents just this year.
New Jersey drivers have a legal duty to watch for pedestrians on the road. Unfortunately, New Jersey has a particularly high percentage of pedestrian accident related fatalities. Statistics show that more than 20 percent of New Jersey traffic deaths in 2005 were pedestrian accident fatalities. By comparison, the national percentage for pedestrian accidents was 11.2 percent.
Pedestrian accidents could commonly occur because of driver inattention, error, distraction, speed or driving under the influence. The victim and his family would be well-advised to contact an experienced Princeton personal injury attorney who has an excellent track record with pedestrian accidents. If you have been injured in an auto or pedestrian accident, please call Lependorf & Silverstein for a free and comprehensive consultation.