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How prevalent are pedestrian accidents?

Usually at some point of every day, residents in New Jersey are pedestrians. Even if it is for a mere 30 seconds, all it takes for a person to become a pedestrian is to be walking outside. Whether it is on a sidewalk, in a parking lot, residential area, shopping area or in a crosswalk, pedestrians are expected to follow certain rules when traveling near or on roadways. Even more so, motorists are expected to uphold a certain duty when operating a motor vehicle where pedestrians are present or frequent. Failure to do so could cause a motorist to overlook their surroundings and collide with a pedestrian.

How prevalent are pedestrian accidents? Based on current statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, roughly 5,000 pedestrian in the U.S. die as a result of a motor vehicle collision. Additionally, around 76,000 suffer injuries in an automobile-related crash.

Wile motor vehicles are not the only harm faced by pedestrians, it is certainly the most serious and grave danger they can encounter. Thus, it is important to understand what one can do following such a tragic incident. In order to hold a negligent motorist liable, an injured pedestrian must prove that it was the driver's fault. In order to do this, evidence must support that the driver owed a legal duty to the pedestrian under the circumstances. Next, it must be established that the driver breached this legal duty due to action or inaction. This must have caused an accident or an injury to the pedestrian. Finally, the pedestrian must have been harmed or injured as a result.

There are many reasons why a driver might be the cause of a pedestrian accident. This typically includes factors such as distracted driving, speeding, failing to yield to the right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, disobeying traffic signs or signals, driving unsafely for weather conditions or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

If you have been harmed in a pedestrian accident, it is important to understand the situation and what recourses are available to you. It might be possible to take legal action to hold a negligent driver accountable; therefore, it might be helpful to speak with an experienced attorney. This will ensure you understand your rights and options when filing a personal injury action.

Source: Findlaw.com, "Pedestrian Accidents Overview," accessed Oct. 15, 2017

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