Marlton Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Many New Jersey residents are without cars or choose to walk from place to place. While this can be convenient in busy areas where parking spaces are limited, being a pedestrian is generally unsafe. Drivers have become more distracted over the years, with pedestrian fatalities on the rise.
Pedestrians generally have the right of way, but motorists tend to ignore the laws. Many refuse to share the road with the others, causing serious accidents. If you have been a victim, get help right away. There are various legal issues involved, so contact a Marlton pedestrian accident lawyer from Monaco Law PC. We’ll help you get through these issues.
Pedestrian Laws in New Jersey
In New Jersey, pedestrians have the right-of-way at all intersections, whether or not there are crosswalks. It is illegal for motorists to block or have even a portion of their vehicle in the crosswalk when stopped for a red light or stop sign.
Motorists should never pass a vehicle that is stopped at a crosswalk. Motorists who do pass vehicles or fail to yield to pedestrians at intersections can face various penalties, including two points on their driver’s license, a $200 fine, and possible community service of up to 15 days. The penalties increase when there are serious injuries or death.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents are often caused by the following:
- Distracted driving. Technology has made things easier in lots of ways, but smartphones, internet, social media, and texting have made drivers distracted. When drivers aren’t paying attention to the road, they can hit objects in the road, including pedestrians.
- Going fast may be fun but it greatly increases your risk of being in an accident. Plus, it makes it harder to slow down for pedestrians crossing the road.
- Many people like to party and drink alcohol, but just one drink can impair your judgment. Alcohol consumption can also lead to slower response times, reduced alertness, and a lessened ability to detect moving objects.
- Not following traffic laws. A motorist who does not yield to pedestrians or refuses to stop at a stop sign or red light can cause a collision with a pedestrian, causing serious injuries.
- Not adapting to weather or road conditions. Motorists need to slow down and be more alert when the weather is poor and the roads are icy or wet. In less than ideal conditions, you may need to adjust your driving to ensure the safety of pedestrians and others on the roadway.
Contact Monaco Law PC Today
In a pedestrian vs. motor vehicle accident, the motor vehicle always wins. Pedestrians often suffer serious injuries such as broken bones, head trauma, and permanent disabilities. In many cases, the result is death.
Most pedestrian accidents are caused by driver negligence. If you or a loved one has been affected, contact the team at Monaco Law PC. We’ll uncover the evidence necessary to prove your case. Schedule a free consultation with a Marlton pedestrian accident lawyer today by filling out the online form or calling (609) 277-3166.