Unfortunately, New Jersey and the Atlantic City-area have some of the highest rates for pedestrian accidents in the country.
The pedestrian fatality rate for Atlantic County has been nearly twice as high as the state average over the last dozen years. Some of this stems from the number of tourists and seniors in the area.
As we reported recently, from 2007 to 2009, Atlantic County had the state’s highest rate of pedestrian fatalities for seniors. Sadly, on September 13, a 90-year-old man was killed while he was looking for his car and crossing Mays Landing Road in Somers Point.
According to the Press of Atlantic City, the man, identified as Frank Bendel, of Moorestown, was leaving a restaurant and forgot where he parked his car. Another driver struck Bendel as he was trying to cross the street. It is unclear if Bendel was in a crosswalk at the time of the crash.
The Press reported that an investigation into the accident is ongoing and that the driver of the car that hit Bendel has not been charged.
How Can I Avoid a Pedestrian Accident?
Unfortunately, no matter how many safety precautions you take, a pedestrian accident can occur. Nevertheless, there are ways to reduce your chances of being struck by another driver, including:
- Avoiding walking in roadways
- Avoiding using drugs or alcohol in public places
- Obeying traffic signals and using crosswalks
- Walking on sidewalks whenever possible
If your loved one has experienced serious personal injuries, like broken bones, a brain injury or spinal cord injury, or died due to a pedestrian accident, contact our law firm today. We can review your case and determine if you are entitled to damages.
For more information, contact our personal injury attorneys today.
Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. – Atlantic City Injury Attorneys
Targan Talk: More than 47,000 people died nationally from 2003 to 2012 in pedestrian accidents.