According to a news report in The Jersey Journal, a pedestrian was hospitalized with injuries after he was struck by a truck at the 2200 block of 74th Street in North Bergen, New Jersey. The cause of the accident and extent of the injuries were not noted in the article.
Many pedestrian accidents involving motor vehicles are the result of negligent driving. Most pedestrian accidents occur near intersections where motorists often fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians. New Jersey law requires drivers to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks and at intersections.
A December 2009 article in The Record cites NJ State Police statistics which indicate that pedestrian fatalities rose in the state from 138 in 2008 to 155 in 2009. Approximately half of the deaths were of pedestrians under age 50.
Transportation and environmental advocates believe that (aside from driver negligence) part of the reasons for these accidents are poorly designed streets, sidewalks and crosswalks, or, the lack of other features to protect non-motorized travelers. In cases where poor street design, etc., contributed to or caused the accident, municipalities and other entities may be held liable for damages.
Pedestrian accidents in New Jersey can result in serious personal injuries including brain and spinal cord injuries, fractures, injuries to internal organs and significant soft tissue trauma. Where catastrophic injuries are involved, injured victims often require long-term care. Victims may also incur significant medical expenses, disability and loss of earnings.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a New Jersey pedestrian accident, contact the experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyers at Blume Forte by calling 973-635-5400 for a free and comprehensive consultation. Our New Jersey pedestrian injury attorneys have extensive experience in personal injury and auto accident litigation. Call us today to discuss your potential claim.