Many New Jersey residents hang air fresheners and other trinkets from their rearview mirrors, but doing so can be dangerous as well as against the law, a recent lawsuit illustrates.
A man was struck and killed by a vehicle recently while crossing a street in Mt. Ephraim. According to authorities, the man became trapped under the vehicle after being hit. Some witnesses rushed to help the man by locating a jack and lifting the car off the victim so that emergency workers could assist the man. The man was immediately taken to a nearby hospital, but he died a short time after arrival. Police continue to investigate the cause of the incident.
Thousands of pedestrians die every year as the result of motor vehicle accidents. Even more suffer injuries after being hit by trucks or cars. The high frequency of fatalities in these accidents can perhaps be attributed to the size and weight disparity between a motor vehicle and a pedestrian, as well as the fact that pedestrians lack any kind of protection. The unfortunate reality is that pedestrians are highly vulnerable to catastrophic damage on the road.
Police in Ocean County have arrested a man who is suspected of being involved in a December hit-and-run accident. He was apprehended at his attorney's office in Jersey City, and is being held on $200,000 bail.
It is easy for drivers to forget that cars are not the only ones on New Jersey roadways. In fact, at any given moment, cars are sharing the roadways with bicyclists, motorcycles, trucks and pedestrians. Drivers must keep their eyes and their mind on the road in order to avoid a collision with any of these other things. Auto-pedestrian accidents, in particular, can be very devastating. Pedestrians have a right to use the roadways, and nearby sidewalks, just like cars. However, unlike cars, pedestrians have virtually no protection in case of an accident. Therefore, fatal pedestrian accidents are common.