A teenager was killed in Ocean County recently after a car struck him while he rode a skateboard on Jordan Road in Brick, according to a news report in The Star-Ledger. The 19-year-old teen, who was a student at Ocean County College, was killed when a car attempted to pass another vehicle and struck him. The 53-year-old driver has not been cited for the crash, but an investigation is ongoing.
Under New Jersey Revised Statute 39:4-10.10: “Every person operating any roller skates or skateboard upon a roadway shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle.” This means that drivers must yield right-of-way to skateboarders as they would to bicyclists or other drivers. Skateboarders should be aware, however, that under Statute 39:4-10.10a, the governing body of any municipality may determine if skateboarding on a public roadway is allowed in their community.
Drivers who make unsafe lane changes or fail to yield right-of-way to skateboarders may be held liable if a New Jersey pedestrian accident results. If a skateboarder is killed in a collision, the victim’s family may pursue compensation for their losses by filing a wrongful death claim. In such cases, compensation may be available to cover expenses such as medical bills, funeral costs, lost wages, and more.
The experienced Princeton pedestrian accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein help injured victims and the families of deceased victims receive fair compensation for their accident-related losses. Please contact our law offices at 609-240-0040 to schedule your free and comprehensive consultation today.