A 15-year-old boy was seriously injured in a New Jersey car accident when a car struck him as he crossed the street on January 16. According to The Bergen County Record, the injury pedestrian accident occurred on Route 46 and Seventh Street in Clifton. The victim was crossing the road when a Honda Civic struck him. He sustained head, leg and shoulder injuries. It is unclear if the victim was using the crosswalk or if the driver failed to yield right-of-way to the pedestrian. The crash remains under investigation.
Under New Jersey statute 39:4-35, drivers must yield right-of-way to pedestrians in a marked crosswalk or in an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection. A new law that went into effect in 2010 requires New Jersey motorists to not only slow down at crosswalks when a pedestrian is present, but to also come to a complete stop. Drivers who fail to yield right-of-way to pedestrians crossing the street at intersections and crosswalks may be held liable for the accidents they cause.
Victims of New Jersey pedestrian accidents may pursue financial compensation for their injuries by filing a personal injury claim. The family of a juvenile who has been injured by a negligent driver may file a claim on their behalf. Compensation may be available for medical bills, lost wages, physical pain and mental anguish.
The skilled New Jersey personal injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein protect the rights of injured victims. We offer free consultations to anyone injured by a negligent driver. If you or a loved one has been harmed in a New Jersey car accident, call our office at 609-240-0040 to discuss your legal rights and options.