Common Causes of New Jersey Pedestrian Accidents
We walk everywhere, some of us more than others. We walk to the store; we walk to work; we walk to school; we walk to the park; we walk for fun; we walk for exercise. Although walking is mostly safe, accidents can and still do happen. For individuals living in New Jersey, the roads can be especially dangerous because of the traffic and congestion.
Getting into an accident as a pedestrian can result in serious injuries that may significantly impact your life and the lives of your loved ones. You need the help of an experienced New Jersey pedestrian accident attorney to help you obtain the full compensation that you deserve.
The Big Problem of Pedestrian Accidents
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year approximately 76,000 pedestrians are seriously injured in America. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) further reports that based on recent data a pedestrian is killed every two hours and injured every seven minutes in traffic accidents. The NHTSA further reports that fourteen (14) percent of motor vehicle collisions and approximately three (3) percent of all car accident victims are pedestrians.
These alarming statistics amount to a serious problem for those of us who walk every day to or from work and carry out other daily activities on foot.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Alcohol is a major factor in the cause of car accidents. According to the Traffic Safety Store, other common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Low visibility at night – visibility is worse at nights and when pedestrians fail to wear appropriate reflective or bright clothing, this can put them at an even greater risk of not being seen by a motorist and becoming a victim of an accident.
- Unsafe crossing or failure to use a sidewalk – motorists may also be distracted while approaching a sidewalk and fail to see a pedestrian crossing.
- Inclement weather – pedestrian accidents are more likely to occur in cold and severe weather that can blur or obscure the motorist’s vision.
- Tourists who commute by foot and don’t pay attention to their surroundings
Although anyone can become a victim of a pedestrian accident, the following groups are at a higher risk:
- Elderly – according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 20 percent of all pedestrian deaths involve people over the age of 65.
- Children – one-fifth of children involved in fatal traffic accidents are not in vehicles, but instead on foot.
- Individuals with disabilities
Call an Experienced New Jersey Pedestrian Accident
If you or someone you know has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you need to make it a priority to look for an experienced attorney who will work hard to help you seek the full damages from the parties responsible for your injuries. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with a New Jersey pedestrian accident attorney, please call the Law Offices of Dan T. Matrafajlo at (908) 248-4404.