Parsippany, N.J. – Last month, a car struck a pedestrian who was crossing Route 10. After being taken to Morristown Medical Center, the man died from his injuries.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that pedestrians are hurt once every 8 minutes in traffic-related accidents. Even if you’re careful, traveling by foot can be extremely risky. It’s important to be a defensive pedestrian and aware of your surroundings. Here are 6 simple pedestrian safety tips:
- Only cross at crosswalks. Make sure to also obey traffic signals.
- Look right, left, then right again. Don’t assume drivers will stop for you; many don’t acknowledge that pedestrians have the right of way.
- Walk on sidewalks whenever possible. If you do need to walk in the street, make sure to face oncoming traffic.
- Don’t text and walk.
- Wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight when walking at night.
- Be aware of back-up lights and engine noise in parking lots. Drivers sometimes can’t judge distance or can’t see behind them when backing out of a parking spot.
If you or someone you love has been hurt in a NJ pedestrian accident, you may be legally entitled to compensation. Don’t let the opportunity slip away; get in touch with a Morristown personal injury lawyer.
Manfred Ricciardelli has 20 years of experience protecting the rights of injured NJ pedestrians. He will help determine if you have a case worth pursuing. From there, he can help gather the facts, collect evidence, and send you to the right doctor. We’ll help get you back on your feet.
At Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr., LLC, we work on a contingency basis. This means if you don’t win, you don’t pay us. Contact us at 973-285-1100 to schedule a free meeting to discuss your case.