The roadways in New Jersey can be densely populated. At the same time, the number of pedestrians in any one place can also be high. Under certain conditions, this can be a recipe for disaster.
Whilst anyone can be hurt in a collision involving a pedestrian, the injuries are far more likely to be catastrophic for the person who was on foot at the time. Pedestrians simply do not have the same physical levels of protection that motor vehicles do. As a result, pedestrians need to find more innovative ways to stay safe when on their travels. The starting point of this process is identifying why pedestrian accidents are happening.
Not being visible
It is not always easy for road users to spot pedestrians because of their smaller stature. This is especially the case in poorer weather conditions or at nighttime. This risk is accentuated further if the pedestrian happens to be wearing darker clothing. Simple measures such as wearing bright, reflective clothing can go a long way to improving the safety of walkers.
While development is typically seen as a positive thing, it can also pose a threat to both drivers and pedestrians. If vehicles are forced to take an unfamiliar route, they are less likely to be aware of the most common hazards in the vicinity. For example, the area that they have been diverted to might be a school zone. Sadly, a large proportion of severe pedestrian accidents involve younger children.
Drivers are often trying to stick to tight deadlines, especially if they are on their way to work. This could tempt them to run a stop sign or red light. However, one brief moment of frustration from a road user can have devastating consequences for those traveling by foot.
As a pedestrian in New Jersey, you have a right to travel safely. If you have been injured in a collision with a vehicle, exploring your legal options could be of some benefit.