Fair Lawn – Pedestrian Strike Leaves Woman with Minor Injuries

Fair Lawn – Pedestrian Strike Leaves Woman with Minor Injuries >

Date Published: 2020/02/17

A woman sustained minor injuries after she was struck by a vehicle while crossing an intersection in Fair Lawn Friday afternoon, February 14.

According to initial investigation, the 48 year-old woman was crossing Plaza road and Morlot Avenue at around 2 p.m. when she was struck by a 2010 GMC Van driven by a 57 year-old Hackettstown man that was making a left turn from Morlot Avenue.

The woman sustained head and leg injuries from the crash and was taken by emergency medical services to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson where her injuries were determined to be non-life-threatening.

The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with police investigation.

We would like to send our sympathies to the woman injured in this incident. We understand how stressful it can be to deal with injuries and we wish her a speedy recovery.

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 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
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