Police in North Bergen are trying to identify a man who they say was killed after two cars hit him the morning of January 31, 2009. According to this news report, neither of the drivers stopped after striking the pedestrian who was crossing the street at the intersection of 51st Street and Kennedy Boulevard.
Police believe that the second driver may not have known that he or she hit a person. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are still interviewing eyewitnesses who say they saw the second car hit the man, who officials believe is about 30 years old.
Drivers in New Jersey have a legal duty to watch for pedestrians on the road. Unfortunately statistics show that more than 20 percent of New Jersey traffic accident deaths in 2005 involved pedestrians.
Pedestrian accidents can occur because of a variety of factors but some of the most common ways these accidents occur is inattention, negligence, distraction, talking on the cell phone, driving under the influence, ignoring a marked crosswalk and/or speeding.
If pedestrian accident victims survive at all, they are often left with catastrophic injuries that change their lives. A pedestrian accident can result in traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, loss of limbs or other major injuries that can leave a victim permanently disabled.
If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to file a personal injury claim that will compensate you for your medical expenses, loss of income and pain and suffering. Please contact one of our reputed and knowledgeable New Jersey pedestrian accident attorneys at Lependort & Silverstein for more information. Contact us at 609-240-0040 for a free consultation.