Some of the sweetest weather in New Jersey is upon us, meaning the itch to get out on foot is real. Springtime in Bloomfield and surrounding areas means bike riding, running with friends and pushing kids to and from the parks.
Springtime in New Jersey means pedestrians are at-risk of getting hurt in traffic accidents. Between the years 2011 and 2015, 765 victims died in pedestrian accidents. How can New Jersey protect its people more effectively from the dangers on the roadways?
A traffic safety campaign is underway in our community to reduce the chance of pedestrian injuries and deaths in the area. Areas of focus in the traffic safety campaign target both driver and pedestrian behavior.
One dangerous behavior both pedestrians and drivers must avoid is using their phones while navigating Jersey's roadways. There is a lot of talk about texting while driving, but when pedestrians are also focused on their phones, they increase their chance of getting hurt in a crash.
When there is a collision between a pedestrian and a vehicle, clearly, it is the pedestrian who sustains the worst injuries. While pedestrians can do everything they can to try to avoid an accident, they cannot control the actions of drivers. Drivers must yield when faced with crosswalks. They must give bicyclists safe space on the roads.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a traffic accident, you might have a personal injury case. If someone you love died because of driver negligence, you could file a wrongful death lawsuit. Talk to an attorney about your legal options that may help bring justice and closure into your life.