Date Published: 2020/01/13
A pedestrian was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries after being struck by a car in the township Friday night, January 10.
According to police reports, the victim was crossing near the intersection of Main Street and Boonton Avenue at around 10:45 p.m. when a car struck the victim, causing the victim to be tossed forward a few meters away.
Emergency responders arrived at the scene and found the seriously injured victim lying on the ground. The victim was rushed to Morristown Hospital for treatment, where the victim remains in serious, but stable condition.
The driver remained at the scene and is cooperative with police investigation.
First and foremost, we would like to send our sympathies to the victim injured in this crash. We hope the victim is able to recover fully and wish the victim a quick recovery from the injuries they sustained in this crash.
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 were 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