When it comes to winter, one of the most popular pastimes is window shopping. City and town centers all over New Jersey will be decorated, and shops and malls will be offering exciting deals. Unfortunately, the rise in shoppers comes with an increase in pedestrian accidents, and what should be a time of happiness and cheer can too often turn tragic.
The facts about pedestrian injuries and fatalities in this country are shocking. In 2013, 4,735 pedestrians were killed in traffic incidents in the United States, meaning on average one crash-related pedestrian death every 2 hours. On top of that, more than 150,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency rooms for non-fatal crash-related injuries in 2013.
Sadly, the elderly and children under the age of 14 are most at risk. Pedestrians aged 65 and older accounted for 19% of all pedestrian deaths and an estimated 10% of all injuries in 2013. At the same time, one in every five children under the age of 14 who was killed in a traffic crash was a pedestrian.
According to the State of New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, there is a disproportionate number of pedestrian injury crashes and fatalities in the Garden State compared to the nation as a whole. Pedestrian safety is a two-way street. Drivers must stop for pedestrians at crosswalks and pedestrian must observe traffic signs and signals located at intersections. As a pedestrian it is important that you understand your right of way.
In 2015, the New Jersey State Police reported 161 fatal pedestrian accidents. While that number is high, it is actually down from 2014. That year 170 people lost their lives in pedestrian collisions. These are completely avoidable statistics. Every year, innocent families throughout the state lose loved ones to another person’s negligent behavior. Unfortunately, it looks like 2016 has already started off on the wrong foot.
Just a few weeks into the year and there have already been several reported pedestrian accidents throughout the state. This spike does not take into account the significant number of incidents that remain under investigation from last year. In response to this rash of collisions, traffic officials remind motorists to: Read the rest »
A pedestrian was left for dead in Marlboro in a suspected hit and run collision. That accident happened on Route 18, directly underneath the County Road 520 underpass.
As reported by NJ.com, police responded to the early morning accident and immediately shut down the road for several hours to conduct an investigation. No further details about the crash have been released. Read the rest »
The NHTSA estimates that in 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were killed nationwide and another 76,000 were injured. These numbers represent an increase of six percent over the numbers in 2011. Since the rate of all car accidents dropped between 2011 and 2012, the increase in pedestrian deaths raises particular concerns – the roads may be getting safer for cars, but they’re getting less safe for those who walk. Read the rest »
In light of recent pedestrian fatalities, the New Jersey Department of Transportation has designated Route 40/322 from mileposts 50 to 53.2 to a Safe Corridor roadway. This area is popular for commercial visitors as well as for traffic with an estimated 47,000 vehicles passing through every day. According to a news report in Shore News Today, the New Jersey Department of Transportation decided to make their announcement after three pedestrians were killed during a three-week period.
On October 24, 2014, a 13-year-old girl was struck and killed in Hamilton Township while attempting to cross the highway near McKee Avenue. On November 2, 2014, a 45-year-old man was killed in the same area. Then, a 13-year-old girl was killed near Leipzig Avenue while attempting to cross the road. Officials believe that all three of these fatal crashes resulted from improper crossing of the roadway. Read the rest »
A recent study showed that people should take extra precautions when walking in Burlington County. According to the Tri-State Transportation Campaign’s annual “Most Dangerous Roads for Walking” report, Route 130 in Burlington County is the most dangerous road for pedestrians in New Jersey.
Over a three-year period, 12 people were killed on Route 130 (Burlington Pike) in Burlington County, two more were killed where the road continues into Middlesex, and one more was killed in Camden. Two fatal crashes occurred at where Burlington Pike meets Manor Road in Delran and where it meets Pennypacker Drive in Willingboro. Route 30 in Camden County ranked second in the state with nine pedestrian fatalities and Route 1 in Middlesex County was third with seven. Read the rest »
A 22-year-old man was injured in a Union County car accident when a Honda SUV struck him and sped away. According to a My Central Jersey news report, the pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of St. Georges and West Scott in Rahway. Officials say the victim was attempting to cross the road at the intersection when a blue 2005 Honda CR-V hit him and left the scene. He suffered head, chest, pelvic, leg, and internal injuries. The 64-year-old female driver of the Honda called the police after the crash. It is not clear if any criminal charges will be filed against her.
In New Jersey, drivers are required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians who are crossing the road at intersections and in crosswalks. Under New Jersey Statute 39:4-36, drivers must stop and remain stopped for pedestrians crossing the road within a marked crosswalk. Furthermore, if an accident does occur, the driver must remain at the scene of the crash, offer assistance, and call the authorities. Failing to do so can result in additional harm to the victim as well as criminal charges for the driver. Read the rest »
Schools are back in session throughout New Jersey, which means there will be a significant increase in the number of young pedestrians. According to the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, there are about 1.3 million students walking, biking, driving, or riding to school statewide. School zones in particular will be crowded with buses, passenger vehicles, and students. It is crucial during this time for motorists to exercise due care and for parents to encourage safe walking habits.
Tragically, no amount of safety precautions can prevent all pedestrian accidents from occurring. According to statistics recently cited by NJ 1015, motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for New Jersey children. Over the last three years, 71 children under the age of 18 were killed in car accidents, including 21 pedestrians.
There are a number of safety tips that all motorists and pedestrians should remember this time of year. If you are a driver in New Jersey: Read the rest »
Courtesy of New Brunswick Patch, a report from the Tri-State Transportation Campaign has named Middlesex County’s Route 1 as one of New Jersey’s deadliest roads over the past three years for pedestrians. Over the whole tri-state area Route 1 tied for fourth most dangerous. Between 2009 and 2012 nine people lost their lives in pedestrian accidents. Manhattan’s Broadway and Nassau County’s Route 24 tied for having the most pedestrian deaths—12.
In February, 2013, a man from New York trying to get across Route 1’s northbound lane was hit by a vehicle and taken to the hospital in critical condition. There have been three deaths each year since 2009 on Route 1. Read the rest »
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