NJ.com has published an article that discusses why Route 130 is the most dangerous road in New Jersey for pedestrians. The Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a nonprofit organization that analyzes transportation trends, has consistently ranked Route 130 as the deadliest road for pedestrians in the state. Route 130, which runs from Pennsville Township to Brunswick Township, is notorious for lacking the infrastructure pedestrians need to avoid being hit by vehicles.
According to NJ.com, a majority of pedestrian accidents along Route 130 occur in Burlington County. Along Route 130 Burlington County, you can find schools, businesses and bus stops, all of which cause heavy foot traffic. Pedestrians may need to use Route 130, but the infrastructure needed to ensure they can travel safely is nonexistent.
Two dozen pedestrians have died on Route 130 over the past five years. Victims include a 53-year-old Burlington County woman who was hit and dragged by two vehicles in June. Two months after this incident, a 44-year-old man was struck and killed by an SUV while walking along Route 130 Northbound.
Not all pedestrian accidents on Route 130 are fatal. Last year, a pedestrian suffered severe injuries after being struck by a vehicle at Route 130 and Bordentown Road. In late 2016, another pedestrian was severely injured after being hit while walking along Route 130.
New Jersey is working on road improvements that could help protect pedestrians. The Complete Streets policy requires community roads to be designed in a way that accommodates all anticipated users, including pedestrians and cyclists.
What if I’m Injured in a Pedestrian Accident?
Pedestrian accidents can happen anywhere in New Jersey. While Route 130 is a hotspot for these accidents, pedestrians can also be hit in parking lots, neighborhoods or other roads throughout the state.
If you or a loved one are involved in a pedestrian accident, then you should discuss possible legal options with an attorney. The New Jersey personal injury lawyers at Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. could discuss possible options with you during a free consultation.