Pedestrians often suffer serious injuries or fatalities when involved in a traffic accident. Sometimes, a serious injury or fatal pedestrian accident occurs because the pedestrian was not crossing the street safely or walking in areas designated for foot traffic. Anyone walking on or near a roadway would be well-advised to be cautious at all times. Here are a few steps you can take to help prevent yourself from being in a New Jersey pedestrian accident:
- Always assume that motorists do not see you. If you are going to cross the road, wait until you make eye contact with a driver before stepping onto the roadway.
- Only cross the road at intersections or in crosswalks. Drivers are more likely to look for pedestrians at these locations.
- Always use the sidewalk. If you are walking on a road that does not have a sidewalk, walk on the shoulder facing oncoming traffic.
- If you are walking at night, wear something bright that will be easy to see. Bicyclists commonly wear reflectors and bright colors to increase their visibility but pedestrians rarely take this precautionary measure.
- Take extra caution when walking at night in a city. It is common for drivers under the influence of alcohol to cause serious pedestrian accidents because their reaction time and reflexes are impaired. Pedestrians would be well-advised to refrain from wearing dark clothing, particularly when they are walking at night.
Despite the precautions pedestrians may take, it is impossible to foresee every circumstance. A number of these accidents occur because drivers fail to yield right-of-way to pedestrians. If you were hurt in a New Jersey pedestrian accident due to driver negligence, you would be well-advised to speak to an experienced personal injury attorney.
The knowledgeable Princeton pedestrian accident lawyers of Lependorf & Silverstein offer free consultations to injured pedestrians and/or their families at 609-240-0040. We will assess liability for the crash and make sure that the motorist is held liable for the damages you have suffered. If the pedestrian accident was caused by a dangerous or defective roadway, the city or governmental entity responsible for maintaining that roadway can also be held accountable. Call our law office today to find out how we can help.