Readers will recall this blog's earlier discussion of how dangerous New Jersey roads can be for pedestrians. Drivers have a responsibility to be especially careful around pedestrians. In a car accident with a pedestrian, the pedestrian can easily suffer catastrophic injuries.
Multiple factors can contribute to pedestrian accidents. Sometimes a walker or jogger can cross a street without knowing that fast traffic is coming. Speeding, congested traffic, or distracted driving can all lead to a driver's failure to notice a pedestrian.
Drivers need to understand that pedestrians are no match for their cars and take special care to look out for the safety of everyone on the road.
On May 1, a student at a New Jersey high school suffered injuries to her head and leg when a car's side mirror clipped her. She was in critical condition after the accident. The driver of the car that hit the girl stopped and found the girl unconscious.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation, according to a news report, although witnesses did report that the girl had headphones on her ears when she walked into the street.
Victims of pedestrian car accidents may have multiple forms of financial assistance available to them. Losses for which victims may need to seek compensation include medical expenses, costs related to lost wages, rehabilitation and disability, pain and suffering and therapy.
It is often important that a victim work with a pedestrian accident attorney to ensure that personal injury claims are filed correctly, against the proper parties.
Source: NJ.com, "Dickinson High student walking to school is critically injured by mirror of passing car, cops say," John Heinis, May 1, 2012