A 62-year-old man was seriously injured in a recent New Jersey pedestrian accident after a vehicle struck him as he crossed the street. According to a news report in The Times of Trenton, the pedestrian accident occurred at Dey Road and Edgemere Avenue in Plainsboro. Officials say the man was crossing the road at the intersection when a Mercedes struck him. He suffered serious injuries and has been listed in critical condition. No charges have been filed against the 45-year-old South Brunswick man who was driving the Mercedes, but an investigation is underway.
Drivers must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians who are legally crossing the roadway at an intersection. N.J.S.A. 39:4-36 states: “The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.”
Anytime a collision between a pedestrian and a vehicle occurs, it must be determined if either party failed to exercise due care and if negligence was a contributing factor. Was the car’s driver distracted or speeding? Was the driver under the influence or driving carelessly? In cases involving negligence or wrongdoing, the at-fault driver can be held liable for the damages suffered by the victim. In such cases, compensation may be available to victims for medical bills, lost wages, hospitalization costs, and other related damages.
The experienced NJ pedestrian injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein help injured pedestrians get the compensation they need and rightfully deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured in a New Jersey accident, please call our offices today at (609) 240-0040 for a no-cost consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.