A 42-year-old woman was killed in a New Jersey car accident when a Chevrolet Blazer struck her as she crossed the street. According to a news report in The Gloucester County Times, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred on Delsea Drive near the ShopRite Supermarket in the Rio Grande section of Middle Township. Officials say the woman was crossing the road when the southbound car struck her. It is not clear if the 77-year-old driver from Goshen will be cited for the crash. The report does not state if the victim was in a crosswalk or near an intersection.
Under New Jersey statute 39:4-36, motorists must come to a complete stop at crosswalks when pedestrians are crossing. New Jersey law also requires all pedestrians to obey pedestrian signals and to cross at signalized intersections. N.J.S.A. 39:4-32 requires pedestrians to yield the right of way when attempting to cross the road where there is no crosswalk. This does not, however, excuse drivers from exercising due care.
Whenever a pedestrian is killed, it must be determined if the driver was negligent in any way. If it is determined that driver negligence was a contributing factor in the collision, the victim’s family may pursue compensation for their terrible loss. Negligent acts include exceeding the speed limit, driving distracted, or driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. In such cases, compensation may be available for surviving family members.
The experienced New Jersey pedestrian accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein know how to help families get the compensation they need following a fatal crash. If you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, please contact us at (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.