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New Jersey fire chief cited for striking pedestrian in crosswalk

Drivers in New Jersey understand what it is like to be in a rush. Whether in an emergency, late to work or behind schedule, drivers are less aware and increase the risk of being in an accident when they are in a rush. Not only is the driver’s life at risk but other lives can be exposed to danger as well. When a driver is in a hurry, there is a greater chance that they will not look both ways at a crosswalk or coming to a complete stop at a stop sign. This could increase the chances of hitting a pedestrian or another vehicle and causing a personal injury.

A Chatham fire chief was recently issued a summons, which charged him with failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. This charge was in conjunction with an investigation that followed an accident that occurred earlier in May. According to the investigation report, the fire chief was driving the borough-owned fire chief’s vehicle but was not responding to an emergency call at the time of the pedestrian accident. The fire chief was attempting to make a left turn from Main Street onto Bowers when he collided with a 42-year-old female pedestrian while she was walking westbound in the crosswalk.

The woman suffered a minor head injury as a result of the accident and was transported to the hospital after emergency crews responded to the incident. Because this accident involved a government employee and a government vehicle, additional steps were required in the investigation that ultimately resulted in the Fire Chief being charged. In addition to charges against the person striking the pedestrian, the injured pedestrian could file a personal injury claim against the driver. Compensation from the claim could cover medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.

A pedestrian-vehicle accident can be very traumatic and involve serious injuries. It is important that not only the injured party heals and gets the medical attention that needed but also that they understand all the options they have when it comes to seeking compensation from the liable party.

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