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Deadly Week for New Jersey Pedestrians

By Lependorf & Silverstein on August 31, 2017

The last week of August was a deadly one for pedestrians and cyclists in New Jersey. The latest accident victim was a woman out walking late at night when she was hit by a car on Route 29. She was left in critical condition, and the case is ongoing. These multiple accidents occurred on the Parkway, on Black Horse Pike, while crossing Route 55 overpass, and elsewhere.

Do we know why? Honestly, no. But we should all be more careful.

Is New Jersey More Dangerous for Pedestrians?

New Jersey’s pedestrian accident statistics typically fall well below the national average. Do these accidents prove that pedestrian accidents in the state are on the rise? Not necessarily. After all, many of these cases, including the one on Route 29, are still being investigated and the causes of the crashes are unknown.

They do prove, however, that both motorists and pedestrians need to be more careful when sharing the road with each other.

Driver Responsibility

Drivers must look out for pedestrians and often, yield to them whenever they meet. They also must ensure they are never driving while distracted (for example, texting while driving). Of course, drinking while driving is strictly prohibited and drivers should never get behind the wheel when they’ve had too much to drink.

Pedestrian Responsibility

But the same rules that drivers must abide by are also true for pedestrians—they must follow traffic signals and give drivers the right-of-way when required. In New Jersey, it’s also recommended that pedestrians NOT go for a walk when they are intoxicated; and always pay attention to the road on which they are traveling instead of looking down at their phones.

If you have been in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to compensation, but you need an experienced attorney to help you get it. Both pedestrians and drivers are responsible to keep each other safe in New Jersey, and even pedestrians can be held partially responsible under the state’s comparative fault system. If you have been hurt, call us at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., at (609) 240-0040. We can get to the bottom of your case, and we’ll fight to get you any compensation you may be entitled to.

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