A 67-year-old man was killed in a New Jersey car accident when he was struck by a teenage driver. According to The Hunterdon County Democrat, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred on Old York Road near John Ringo Road and Wertsville Road in East Amwell Township.
The pedestrian was crossing the road when a red Toyota Corolla driven by a 17-year-old male struck him. He died at a nearby hospital shortly after the crash. The young driver was reportedly cited for careless driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,092 pedestrians were killed and approximately 59,000 were injured in pedestrian accidents in the United States in 2009. That means that about 12 percent of all traffic fatalities involved pedestrians. The national average is significantly lower than the percentage of pedestrian fatalities in New Jersey. Approximately 26.9 percent of all New Jersey traffic fatalities in the year 2009 involved pedestrians.
The family of a New Jersey pedestrian crash victim may seek financial compensation by filing a wrongful death claim against the at-fault motorist. In some cases, if a dangerous roadway condition caused the accident, the governmental entity responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable. Wrongful death claims usually seek compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, and lost future income.
The experienced NJ car accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein help families recover financially after a devastating car accident. If you have lost a loved one in a New Jersey pedestrian accident, please call our offices today at (609) 240-0040 to discuss your legal rights and options with a free consultation.