A 70-year-old man was injured in a New Jersey pedestrian accident when an SUV struck him as he crossed the street. According to a news report in The Asbury Park Press, the major injury pedestrian accident occurred on Route 9 in Lacey. The man was crossing the street when a 2001 Ford Explorer driven by a 29-year-old man hit him. He sustained serious head injuries and was flown to a nearby hospital in critical condition. An investigation is ongoing.
According to The New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, New Jersey experiences a higher number of pedestrian injury crashes and fatalities when compared to the nation as a whole. This is why New Jersey adopted new pedestrian safety laws in April of 2010, to force cars to come to a complete stop at crosswalks when a pedestrian is on the roadway.
The responsibility for serious pedestrian accidents falls on both the pedestrian and the motorist. Even when someone is crossing the road at a location where there is no crosswalk, authorities may investigate why the driver was unable to avoid the collision. If they determine that the driver caused the accident by speeding, driving distracted or operating a vehicle recklessly, the driver may be held liable for the crash. In cases where dangerous roadways are involved, the governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held accountable.
The experienced New Jersey pedestrian injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein help injured victims secure fair compensation for their injuries, damages and losses. We carefully examine the circumstances of each case and make sure the victim receives the compensation he or she rightfully deserves. For a free consultation, call us at 609-240-0040 today.