It is clear what will win each time in a collision between a person and motor vehicle. Even when moving slowly, the size and weight of a vehicle has the ability to knock a person down, causing injuries. A pedestrian accident is a serious and often fatal collision, making it one of the worst types of accidents on the roadways in New Jersey and elsewhere. In addition, this makes pedestrians vulnerable, whether they are traveling on a sidewalk, parking lot, residential area or crosswalk.
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.
Large and small, cities pose pedestrians risks. Although sidewalks and crosswalks are designed to provide a safe place for individuals in New Jersey and elsewhere to travel by foot, the truth of the matter is that even sidewalks are not safe from motorists. When a driver is distracted, negligent or intoxicated, they could cross over onto a sidewalk or travel through a sidewalk when a pedestrian is attempting to cross the road.
Even though most residents in New Jersey and elsewhere rely on motor vehicles to get around, almost every time a motorist or occupant exits a vehicle, they become a pedestrian. Whether a vehicle is parked in a parking lot or on the street, occupants become pedestrians as they travel from the vehicle to their destination. Although this is likely a short distance, it is still possible to face dangers caused by motor vehicles traveling in the area.
Major cities can be dangerous places. This is especially true when it comes to pedestrians traveling in areas where traffic is heavy. Even when a motor vehicle is traveling a slow speed, the damage that a vehicle can do is astounding. When motorists in New Jersey and elsewhere are distracted or negligent, this could be the cause of a serious or even fatal pedestrian accident.
Thanksgiving does not only mark the time of year when residents in New Jersey and other states across the nation spend more quality time with their families. It is also marks the time of year when shopping increases. Due to the deals and holiday celebrations approaching, many are in a rush to get their gifts purchased on time. This not only increases motor vehicle traffic but also the number of people in parking lots.
Law enforcement in New Jersey have stepped up their enforcement efforts at several of this state's most notoriously dangerous intersections in the wake of several pedestrian accidents, some of which were fatal accidents involving children and teens.
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.
With the warm weather still hanging on in most of the country, residents in New Jersey and other states seek to spend more time outside. For some motorists, this means keeping their vehicles at home and walking around the block, to the park, to work or to the store. While it can be an enjoyable time and an excellent source of exercise, walking on or near the streets can be a very dangerous activity. Although traffic rules and regulations seek to improve the safety of pedestrians traveling on sidewalks, in crosswalks and on the side of the road, pedestrian accidents unfortunately still occur at an alarming rate.
Believe it or not, every time we are motorists, we are also pedestrians at some point. This is because when a vehicle is parked, we become a pedestrian when we walk from our parked car to a final destination. Whether it is in a city, shopping district or a residential area, pedestrians are found on sidewalks, parking lots and the side of a street. Therefore, drivers in New Jersey should constantly be aware of their presence. The failure to do so could result in a serious or even fatal pedestrian accident.