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New Jersey roads unsafe for older pedestrians

According to an analysis conducted by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, New Jersey roads are more dangerous for older New Jersey pedestrians than younger ones. Between 2009 and 2011, individuals who were 75 or older accounted for 13 percent of all those who were killed in pedestrian accidents. Those who were aged 60 or older accounted for more than 31 percent of pedestrian accidents during the same time period.

This indicates that the roads need to be made safer for elderly individuals, especially because more and more people are choosing to live in New Jersey, the nation's most congested state. Improvements could be made to the roads, including curb ramps and pedestrian countdown clocks, among others.

There may be several reasons as to why older individuals are more likely to become the victims of pedestrian accidents. For example, it is more difficult for them to get out of the way of an oncoming vehicle, and their injuries may be more severe.

Those who are injured in pedestrian accidents on New Jersey roadways may be entitled to compensation. However, it is up to the pedestrian or the pedestrian's family to seek out both medical help and the legal advice they need. In New Jersey, pedestrians who do not drive are covered under no-fault insurance that covers everything from medical bills and lost wages to funeral costs.

A New Jersey attorney may be able to help pedestrians injured in collisions understand their options. The attorney may also work directly with the insurance companies in order to prove the extent of the victim's injuries and to maximize the compensation. In the rare event that the case goes to trial, the attorney may also be able to provide strong representation in court.

Source: NJ.com, "N.J.'s older pedestrians killed at higher rate than younger walker", Mike Frassinelli, July 11, 2013

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