Date Published: 2020/01/12
Police are investigating an incident in which a woman was struck by a car while crossing the street in Oakland Friday night, January 10.
The woman, who is currently unidentified, was crossing the Ramapo Valley Road near Oak Street at around 6:30 p.m. when she was struck by a vehicle, according to police.
When emergency responders arrived, they found the victim on the ground suffering from serious injuries. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with police investigation.
We would like to send our sympathies to the victim injured in this pedestrian accident. We hope she recovers fully, and wish her 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