Our State always places in the top 10 nationally for pedestrian fatalities. This is based on annual Federal traffic statistics. There were 191 pedestrian deaths reported in New Jersey in 2020, a 9 percent increase from 2019. Some attribute this sharp increase to the pandemic.
No doubt that our State has a high density of cars, trucks, buses, roadways and pedestrians. People traveling on foot need to take care not to cause themselves and others harm. Car drivers are protected by their vehicles and are often not looking out for pedestrians.
You should consider a few simple steps to protect yourself as a pedestrian:
- Do not be locked onto your phone screen which may distract you from a dangerous situation
- Wear bright, reflective clothing and consider carrying a flashlight with you
- Use crosswalks when crossing the street and obey for walk signals
- Stick to sidewalks and stay out of the roadway whenever possible
- Do not listen to music wearing earbuds or headphones which could preclude you from hearing some kind of warning.
Drivers should be concerned about the safety of pedestrians. Good practices include the avoidance of distracted driving, driving sober, observing the traffic laws and paying attention all around while operating a motor vehicle.
Following these tips should improve your chances of coming home safe. If you are injured as a pedestrian due to the negligence of a motor vehicle operator, please call us to find out your options. This includes documenting your claim and helping you to find appropriate medical care so that you can receive compensation for your injuries. We are here to help.