The Laws Relating to Pedestrians and the Effects of Pedestrian Accidents
- Dan T. Matrafajlo
- Fri Aug 2012
- Pedestrian Accident,
In New Jersey, fatalities involving pedestrians is the second largest classification of motor vehicle deaths; and more often than not, the victims are kids and the elderly. A New Brunswick pedestrian accident lawyer knows that many people may or may not realize that there are specific laws that relate to pedestrians, some of which are enumerated in N.J.S.A. 39:4-36.
What are some of the laws for pedestrians?
The New Jersey statute discusses the various rules for pedestrians, particularly when walking along the road and when in marked or unmarked crosswalks.
- Walking Alongside the Road
The N.J.S.A. unambiguously states that those pedestrians who are not within either a marked or unmarked crosswalk must yield the right of way to people driving on the road. Simply put, this means that pedestrians walking on the side of the road must yield to drivers on the road.
- Marked /Unmarked Crosswalks
The statute calls for drivers to yield to pedestrians in both marked and unmarked crosswalks. Every intersection has a crosswalk, regardless of whether it’s painted (marked) or not (unmarked). The law also requires drivers to stop for pedestrians at marked crosswalks who are attempting to cross the street, and once a car stops for a pedestrian, the vehicles behind are not allowed to pass the stopped car.
Do I have any recourse if I was injured while walking in a crosswalk?
As any New Brunswick pedestrian accident lawyer will tell you, major settlements are often won whenever a pedestrian accident takes place in a crosswalk or on a sidewalk because there’s rarely any question as to who’s at fault.
Pedestrian accidents quite typically end in major injuries, to include broken bones, head/brain injuries, and neck and back injuries. If you or a loved one were hurt in a pedestrian accident, you should not attempt to handle things on your own, as there are many issues to deal with. Please contact New Brunswick pedestrian accident lawyer Dan Matrafajlo at 908-248-4404 to receive a free consultation regarding your case.