New Jersey woman hit and killed by car
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.
Recently, a 62-year-old New Jersey woman was killed in a pedestrian accident. In this case, the woman was crossing the street between a beverage plant and a shopping center. While crossing, the woman was hit by a 2005 Toyota Corolla. As a result of the accident, the woman suffered multiple injuries and was taken by rescue workers to a local hospital. However, she died a short time later.
At this point, no criminal charges have been filed in this pedestrian accident. However, police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash.
Even when police do not find criminal activity, victims of pedestrian accidents — and their families — may still have legal recourse. In some situations, a civil suit can be filed against a driver. If the driver was acting negligently — that is not acting as a reasonable driver should under the circumstances — then that driver can be held financially responsible for the accident.
This financial compensation can help cover medical expenses, lost wages, funeral costs and pain and suffering resulting from the accident. This compensation can be a vital part in helping pedestrian accident victims and their families recover from the devastation.
Source: South Plainfield’s News Online, “Pedestrian Killed Crossing New Brunswick Avenue,” Darlene Tedesco Cullen, Dec. 13, 2013