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Highlighting the importance of pedestrian safety

While many residents in New Jersey and elsewhere own their own vehicles, this is not the only mode of transportation individuals will use. Although public transportation can be very effective and efficient, some prefer to get around by foot. Walking to and from destinations is a great form of exercise; however, it is also an activity that comes with risks. Pedestrians tend to travel near traffic, and if a motorist is not attentive, this could result in a serious collision.

Pedestrian safety is an ongoing initiative. And in order to continue making these strides, the data surrounding pedestrian accidents must be understood. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the fatalities among pedestrians have increased over the years when compared to other accident victim groups. Based on current statistics, 5,376 pedestrians died in automobile collisions in 2015.

This data suggests that a pedestrian is killed roughly every two hours. Additionally, it means that a pedestrian is injured every seven minutes. In order to understand the severity of the situation, the NHTSA has launched various programs. The campaign known as "everyone is a pedestrian" is impactful. The reality is that everyone truly is a pedestrian, even when they utilize personal or public modes of transportation. As soon as a driver or passenger exits a vehicle, he or she is now a pedestrian. This means that their safety is now at issue.

When motorists are not attentive and cautious around pedestrians traveling near the roadway or traveling through a crosswalk, there is a higher chance for a pedestrian accident. Following such a collision, it is possible to determine cause and liability. If a motorist is not upholding his or her duty to drive safe, thus causing the crash, it is possible to hold that driver accountable. A personal injury claim could help place liability on the party at fault while also helping with the recovery of damages for losses arising from the incident.

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