Pedestrians Killed in Hamilton Township
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.
Officials hope to prevent these types of accidents in the future by deterring jaywalking and by enforcing vehicle violations. Pedestrians are encouraged to use marked crosswalks at nearby intersections when crossing the highway. There are even new pedestrian sensing devices in the Township Safe Corridor that indicate when pedestrians should exercise caution. Pedestrians who fail to cross at these intersections will face fines and risk suffering injury.
Whenever you are walking in a particularly busy and dangerous area, it is crucial that you cross the street in a safe location. Please remember to stay attentive and to put away your phone when crossing the roadway. Before stepping onto the roadway, try to make eye contact with the nearest driver. Even if you have the legal right of way, you should still exercise caution.
When driving in this area, or any area known for fatal pedestrian accidents, slow down and keep your eyes on your surroundings. Look out for pedestrians who may step into traffic from between parked cars. It is also helpful to come to a complete stop at intersections and crosswalks and to remain stopped until pedestrians have completely crossed the road.
If you are injured in a New Jersey pedestrian accident, please do not hesitate to research your legal options. Financial support may be available for your considerable pain and suffering. An experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyer can help you better understand your legal rights and options.
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