When you're walking with your child, the last thing you want to have to worry about is being hit by a car. In this case, a pedestrian accident in Metuchen, New Jersey, led to a mother and child's injuries. Fortunately, they both survived. The accident, however, left the mother and her 2-year-old needing medical attention.
They were crossing the road at a pedestrian crosswalk when they were hit at the intersection of Liberty Street and Central Avenue. Now there are questions being asked about how families can stay safe on crosswalks in populated areas.
The driver who hit the mother and child told police that he was stopped on Liberty Street, but he saw two vehicles slow down and thought it was to let him turn. He collided with the 31-year-old mother and child. The two were taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and treated. The mother reported pain throughout her body, and her child suffered scrapes. The driver was charged in the case for reckless driving.
Members of the community claim that the area is becoming more and more congested. They say that there have to be solutions to the growing problems faced by pedestrians crossing in dangerous traffic.
One suggestion was for pedestrians to used brightly colored flags that they wave as they cross the street, thus drawing more attention to themselves. The council in the area recently passed a "Complete Streets" policy, too, which will help make the roadways safer for drivers and pedestrians alike.
One shocking finding was that there were malfunctioning lights at crosswalks exactly where the woman and her child were hit. Those are slated to be fixed this year in an effort to help prevent this kind of issue in the future.
Drivers always need to be on the lookout for pedestrians, particularly around crosswalks. Failure to do that may result in citations, criminal charges and potentially civil lawsuits from victims..
Source: Sentinel, "After accident, strollers converge on Metuchen’s Borough Hall," July 1, 2014