A 61-year-old man has been killed in a New Jersey pedestrian accident that involved a teen driver on Sunday, January 9. According to a news report in The Star-Ledger, the fatal accident occurred on Park Avenue in Lyndhurst. Police believe the Pompton Lakes man was walking in the center lane when the 18-year-old driver struck him. The report makes it clear that police do not plan on citing the young driver for the fatal collision. The report does not specify if limited visibility was a factor in the crash.
According to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, pedestrians constitute the second largest category of motor vehicle deaths and injuries in New Jersey. In 2006, 171 pedestrians were killed in New Jersey. While pedestrians must only cross the street where and when it is reasonably safe to do so, motorists must yield to pedestrians whenever possible. When a pedestrian accident occurs, authorities must determine why the motorist was unable to avoid the collision. If driver negligence played a role in the crash, the driver may be held at civilly liable for the damages.
New Jersey wrongful death claims are civil lawsuits that may be filed by a victim’s immediate family. A successful claim may result in financial compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future revenue, and pain and suffering. Anyone who has lost a loved one in a New Jersey pedestrian accident would be well advised to seek the guidance of a skilled personal injury lawyer.
The Princeton pedestrian accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein have a proven track record of holding negligent drivers accountable for their actions. We offer free consultations to anyone that has lost a loved one in a fatal crash in New Jersey. Call us today at 609-240-0040 to find out how we can help.