With the fall semester starting back up, many parents are getting back into the swing of hustling their children into the car and taking them to school. Because of this, New Jersey has launched the “School Zone… Danger Zone” campaign, which hopes to educate and remind parents to slow down when driving their children to school campuses. According to an article in The Record, due to the fact that most parents drive their children to school, the risk of pedestrian accident injury or death has risen significantly.
Crossing guards, who are responsible for ensuring that all pedestrians cross the street safely, are especially supportive of the campaign. One crossing guard said that she had nearly been hit by a passing car while she was still in the middle of the crosswalk. Between 2007 and 2009, 19 children were killed in pedestrian collisions with cars.
Driver and pedestrian distraction have been cited as causes for New Jersey pedestrian injury accidents relating to texting while driving or texting while walking. Students who cross the street and text are not paying attention to their surroundings or the traffic. Additionally, the article states that some parents no longer take crossing guards seriously. What many motorists do not realize is that crossing guards are trained by law enforcement, not school administrations or districts.
It is vitally important for pedestrians to be aware of what’s going on around them when they cross the street. Likewise, it is also important for motorists to pay attention, obey traffic signals or crossing guards and use caution when dropping their children off at school. If you or your child has been injured in a pedestrian accident in New Jersey, you do not have to go it alone. The skilled Princeton pedestrian accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein have nearly 20 years experience each in personal injury litigation and can help you understand your rights and hold negligent parties accountable. Compensation damages that you may be entitled to include medical bills, pain and suffering and other damages. Call Lependorf & Silverstein at (609) 240-0040 to schedule a free consultation.