Each year, an average of 300 pedestrians throughout New Jersey are killed due to unfortunate accidents. This unfortunate statistic is usually the result of either drivers not paying proper attention or pedestrians not paying enough attention and walking into a dangerous situation that may result in death.
Now more than ever, it seems people pay no attention to where they are walking. It seems as though almost everyone is looking down at their cell phones as they walk through the streets. When a pedestrian isn’t paying attention, they may walk into the street in front of a car, fall in a ditch or a pothole, or injure themselves in another way. Pedestrians should always be sure to look both ways before they cross the street, walk facing traffic if there is no sidewalk, and be aware of all traffic signals.
It is important that drivers pay close attention to their surroundings so they don’t hit a pedestrian. One of the most common forms of driver negligence seen today is that of texting and driving. When a driver is distracted, they may not stop at a stop sign or a red light and a pedestrian may become seriously injured. Another form of driver negligence is when a person drives under the influence of alcohol. An intoxicated person’s ability to react is delayed and they may not be able to stop in time before hitting a pedestrian.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, it is important that you consult with an experienced personal injury attorney today.