Pedestrian Accidents Happen Most in the Summer
Warmer weather brings more pedestrian accidents. Children seeming dart across streets chasing stray balls. Bicyclists are a bit more casual. The upswing in calamities is somewhat alarming.
One retired emergency responder tells a sad story that still haunts him. He reported to an accident scene where a mother and her children were struck by a runaway vehicle. For some reason, small sneakers landed far from the point of impact. Two little ones died in the crash.
The Governor’s Highway Safety Association prepared a national analysis concerning fatalities attributable to pedestrian accidents. In 2014, there were 75 deaths involving pedestrians struck by some type of motor vehicles. This represented more than a 10% increase over the previous year. Sadly, it put New Jersey in eighth place as far as states who attributed fatal accidents to those involving pedestrians.
Some Safety Tips for Pedestrians to Avoid Accidents
As experienced personal injury attorneys, we represent a number of victims of pedestrian accidents. Thankfully, most are survivors. In case you are uncertain, bicycle riders are considered pedestrians under New Jersey law. We have already offered some safety tips for those who ride their bikes.
But, what about if you are walking on the street? Even if you are on the sidewalk or crossing at a regulated crosswalk, you might find this information helpful:
- Instruct your children to look both ways at all times when crossing the street
- Pay attention to the numbers on pedestrian crosswalk signals. They estimate the time you have to get across the road. (Make sure, you push the button to start them!)
- Even though the law says pedestrians have the right of way, err on the side of caution.
- Wear bright colored clothing, particularly at night.
- Try to cross in well-lit areas.
- Do not cross in the middle of the street.
- Inform children that you will retrieve animals or toys that inadvertently dart into the street.
- Ty to restrict your walk to the sidewalk. Avoid the roadway or shoulder.
- Stay off highways or climbing over barriers.
- Be careful that young ones know not to play behind cars that are backing up.
- Most of all, pay attention!!!!
Obviously, you can follow every precaution and still be involved in a pedestrian accident. At the Law Offices of Beninato & Matrafaljo, we have the experience to assist you with these types of cases. Even if you have some fault in the accident, the driver may have a greater responsibility. Contact us to discuss how we can pursue your case.