A toddler riding in a stroller and her mother were making their way across a crosswalk in an intersection near New Jersey’s Plainfield train station. Moments later, bits of the stroller and a child’s shoe were strewn across the street after a vehicle struck the two. The mother sustained serious injuries and remains in critical condition. The toddler died as a result of the injuries sustained in this tragic pedestrian accident.
An investigation is underway and charges have not yet been filed against the driver.
What are the Pedestrian Laws in New Jersey?
Understanding New Jersey’s laws is the first step to avoiding a pedestrian accident. New Jersey’s law say drivers must yield the right of way to pedestrians at crosswalks or intersections. In these marked areas, drivers must come to a complete stop while pedestrians are on the road. However, pedestrians are not permitted to just dart into the roadway.
Outside of crosswalks or intersections, pedestrians must yield the right of way to drivers. Drivers must, however, continue to exercise due care to avoid hitting pedestrians on the road. This means a driver can still be held liable for a pedestrian accident, even if the pedestrian was not in the crosswalk when struck.
Pedestrian Accidents Have Devastating Consequences
Unlike drivers, pedestrians are particularly vulnerable to very serious and life-changing injuries when they are involved in a car crash. Worse still, pedestrians involved in a car accident are sometimes left with financial obligations resulting from the crash, including:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Physical rehabilitation bills
- Counseling for psychological trauma, which can include medication
Vehicle insurance companies have been known to try and settle claims quickly in order to avoid paying for some of these bills, which can put the pedestrian or his or her family in a financial bind during the physical recovery. In these types of situations, it is best not to speak to the insurance company until you speak to a New Jersey pedestrian accident attorney.
Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. is a New Jersey pedestrian accident attorney that helps those injured in the Atlantic City, Cape May and Lower Township areas.