As Halloween approaches, New Jersey Police officers are reminding citizens to be on alert whether they are driving or walking along the streets. Based on an nj.com article, there has already been an increase in pedestrian fatalities this year, with 127 deaths reported compared to 103 last year during the same timeframe. Five of those pedestrian victims have been 16 years of age or younger, which is why the recent warning relating to Halloween emphasizes being cautious of the whereabouts of children.
According to a New Jersey police Sgt., children have been known to run into the street without checking for vehicles in the hubbub of trick-or-treating, and wear costumes that limit their vision, not to mention their visibility to others. In order to help monitor the safety of children as well as others out on the night before Halloween and on the day of Halloween, stations will be putting extra troopers in areas where trouble and mischief is known to be more prominent.
New Jersey Police reported that since 2001, there have been 10 pedestrian fatalities on Halloween and there was one pedestrian death each Halloween during 2008, 2007, 2006, and three deaths in 2005. Two teenagers were killed in 2004.
Compared to motorists, car passengers, motorcyclists, and truck drivers, pedestrians are the most vulnerable occupants of the road, no matter how brief their time walking in a crosswalk or otherwise inhabiting a roadway. As a result of this vulnerability, some of the most common pedestrian accident injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Broken bones
- Leg and arm fractures
- Brain injury
- Spinal injury
- Wrongful death
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident that was caused by a negligent motorist or the failure of local municipalities to properly maintain the road or signage, you may be able to file an injury claim. With the help of an experienced New Jersey pedestrian accident lawyer at Lependorf & Silverstein, you may be able to obtain compensation to help cover the costs of hospital bills, medical treatment, loss of wages, and much more. Contact Lependorf & Silverstein for a free consultation of your pedestrian accident or auto accident case. Call 609-240-0040 today.