Two men in their mid-20s suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries after they were struck by a vehicle while crossing a Teaneck Township street, the Bergen County Record reports. Police have not filed any charges against the 71-year-old female driver. The pedestrians were both dressed in dark clothing as they walked across Roemer Avenue the evening of January 31, 2009, officials said. The woman told police she did not see the men walking across the street.
It is not clear whether these pedestrians were walking across the street in a crosswalk or at an intersection. In any case, motorists in New Jersey are required to stop for pedestrians and yield. In this case, the elderly driver told officials she simply did not see the two pedestrians. If officials determine that the female driver was negligent or not paying attention to the road, then she may face charges for causing pedestrian accident injuries. She could also be held financially responsible for the injuries caused to the two men.
In a New Jersey pedestrian accident lawsuit, victims must show a jury that the carelessness or negligence of the driver caused the accident. The driver’s insurance company will of course do the best to place the blame squarely on the pedestrian to avoid a payout.
You need an aggressive, experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyer who will remain on your side and fight for your rights to help you secure the compensation that you are due. Such compensation can reimburse you for medical expenses, money for lost wages, pain and emotional distress. Please call a knowledgeable New Jersey pedestrian accident attorney today at Lependorf & Silverstein for more information. Contact us at 609-240-0040 for a free consultation.