Berkeley – Father of Three Seriously Hurt in Pedestrian Crash

Berkeley – Father of Three Seriously Hurt in Pedestrian Crash >

Date Published: 2019/12/15

A father of three sustained severe injuries after he was struck by a car while trying to cross a street in Berkeley, last Monday, December 9.

Jason Bedell was reportedly crossing the street on his way to his daughter’s parent-teacher conference early Monday morning when he was struck by a vehicle before he was able to get onto the sidewalk.

When emergency medical services arrived, they found Bedell suffering from critical injuries. He was airlifted to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, where it was determined that he was suffering from serious cranial injuries, broken bones, and organ damage. He had to go through several surgeries in order to stabilize his condition.

Police are still investigating the cause of the crash.

We would like to send our sympathies to the victim of the crash. We wish him a speedy recovery, and hope he recovers fully.

Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents are one of the most fatal types of crashes that happen on the roadways of New Jersey. In a report compiled by the New Jersey State Police Fatal Accident Investigation Unit says that in 2017, there was a total of 179 pedestrian crashes which resulted in 35 injuries and 183 fatalities. 91 of these fatalities happened because the pedestrian was crossing at a prohibited area, and 40 fatal crashes happened while the pedestrian was crossing at a marked crosswalk.

New Jersey law states that a driver of a vehicle must stop and stay stopped for a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk, but shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except at crosswalks when the movement of traffic is being regulated by police officers or traffic control signals. Pedestrians must also obey pedestrian signals and use crosswalks at signalized intersections. Drivers and pedestrians who fail to follow these laws may face a hefty fine.

We urge drivers and pedestrians alike to observe and follow laws so that the roadways can be safer for everyone.

Written by: Brach Eichler Injury Lawyers
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