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Newark Boy Seriously Injured in Pedestrian Accident

By Lependorf & Silverstein on December 13, 2012

A seven-year-old boy was seriously injured in a Newark car accident when a vehicle struck him as he walked to school. According to a news report in The Star-Ledger, the pedestrian accident occurred on South 14th Street two blocks away from Madison Elementary School in Newark. Officials are looking into whether the injured child darted into traffic before being struck by a silver Ford Expedition driven by his 72-year-old neighbor. The young victim of this crash suffered life-threatening injuries. It is unclear if the driver will face charges for the accident.

Under New Jersey Statute 39:4-36, drivers must stop for pedestrians crossing the road in marked crosswalks and yield to pedestrians at unmarked intersections. Motorists who fail to observe the rules of the road could potentially face citations or even criminal charges depending on the circumstances of the case.

Determining liability for accidents that occur where there is no crosswalk or intersection can prove more complicated. New Jersey law stipulates that pedestrians may not suddenly leave a curb or walk into the path of an oncoming vehicle. If it is determined that the driver’s negligence was a contributing factor in the crash, then he or she may be held financially responsible for the victim’s losses in addition to facing citations or charges.

The skilled Princeton pedestrian accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein know how to determine liability in accident cases. Our experienced personal injury attorneys offer free consultations at (609) 240-0040 to anyone who has been seriously injured in a New Jersey crash. Please contact us today to find out how we can help you.

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