According to a study by The Tri-State Transportation Campaign, pedestrians would be well advised to avoid walking along state highways. After reviewing New Jersey pedestrian accidents between the years 2008 and 2010, it became clear that even highways with sidewalks are hazardous. As reported by The Asbury Park Press, the most dangerous New Jersey roads for pedestrians include:
- Routes 1 and 9 in Union County;
- Routes 1 and 35 in Middlesex County;
- Route 28 in Union County;
- Route 46 in Morris County;
- Route 9 in Monmouth and Ocean counties; and
- White Horse Pike in Camden County.
The report goes on to say that all roads that are being redesigned should include infrastructure for pedestrians and bicyclists. With the recent 50 percent cut for the Safe Streets to Transit program, it is unclear as to how many new roads will be made safer for pedestrians. Individuals who have to walk along roads that have not been designed for safe travel would be well advised to take adequate precautions and use crosswalks and signals.
Pedestrians should never dart into traffic and should only walk along well-lit roadways. Crossing the road where there is no crosswalk is not advisable and it is important to exercise due care at all times. Unfortunately, no amount of safety precautions can prevent all accidents.
If you or a family member has been injured in a pedestrian accident, please call the NJ pedestrian accident lawyers of Lependorf & Silverstein at (609) 240-0040 for a free case evaluation. We will remain on your side, fight for your rights, and ensure that the negligent parties are held accountable.