Pedestrian fatalities in New Jersey have dropped 19 percent, according to PressofAtlanticCity.com. A recent New Jersey law that requires motorists to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks may be responsible for the decline in pedestrian deaths.
After a very large increase in pedestrian fatalities in 2009, the law took effect in April of this year. New Jersey pedestrian fatalities have since dropped from 115 to 93 during the period from January through September. Some other measures the state has taken may also be partially responsible for the decline in deaths in New Jersey pedestrian accidents. Ocean City held four days of police checks over the summer, installed 15 pedestrian safety signs, and painted more crosswalks along the beach. Police in Atlantic County and Cumberland County used federal funds to deploy decoy pedestrians in the summer months in order to increase awareness of the program and to warn motorists of the dangers they pose to pedestrians.
Some drivers have worried that the new law would cause pedestrians to feel safer to step into the street and into danger. Another concern was that a car may stop for a pedestrian, but the car traveling behind the stopped car may fail to stop in time. An even greater danger is a car that is stopped for a pedestrian, and the car behind that car decides to pass on the right.
It’s important for both pedestrians and motorists to be aware of each other around crosswalks and on roadways. If you have been injured in a New Jersey pedestrian accident, contact the experienced Princeton pedestrian accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein at 609-240-0040 for a free consultation of your case.