Pedestrian accident deaths have skyrocketed in New Jersey, a recent report states. Last year, auto accidents dropped 18.5 percent. However, pedestrian accident fatalities rose by a whopping 36.5 percent. New Jersey State police statistics show motor vehicles were responsible for 86 walking deaths. Three victims were under 16 and 38 were over 49.
What are the most common causes for these fatal pedestrian accidents in New Jersey? According to the columnist, based on statistics provided by the Administrative Office of the Courts, speeders, reckless and inattentive drivers are each ticketed at a rate 22 times greater than pedestrian violators. Police also concede apparently that they tend to target drivers over jaywalkers, especially those who speed and drive under the influence.
There is no question that pedestrian fatalities do occur because of a pedestrian’s fault. However, if it occurs because of a driver’s negligence or carelessness, you as a pedestrian have legal rights. If you have been seriously injured as a result of a driver’s negligence, you could seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages and other related damages.
It would be in the pedestrian accident victim’s best interest to contact an experienced New Jersey pedestrian accident lawyer at Lependorf & Silverstein who will ensure that their rights are protected and that they receive fair compensation for their injuries and loss. Call us today for a free, comprehensive and completely confidential consultation.