According to reports, a 48 year-old driver was making a left from Engle Street to Chestnut Street when his vehicle collided into a Ford Focus driven by a woman in her early 70s at around 12:45 p.m. The impact caused the Ford to get knocked into the pedestrians who were crossing on the crosswalk on Engle Street.
The woman sustained a head injury and her son suffered from a leg injury. Both were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Both drivers were unharmed in the crash and remained at the scene.
Police are still looking into what caused the crash.
We would like to send out sympathies to the victims injured in this crash. We understand how stressful it can be to deal with injuries and wish them both a speedy recovery.
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 Last Updated : November 29, 2021