Vehicle struck and killed New Jersey Pedestrian
During the summer months, New Jersey residents often enjoy the nice weather outside by doing things like going to the park, shopping or going to outdoor events. Nice weather often prompts residents to walk to their destinations as opposed to using modes of transportation such as a taxi or subway. Because an increasing number of residents and tourists are walking around outside, sidewalks and crosswalks can be significantly more crowded. This puts a greater risk on pedestrians because vehicles are often driving through areas with high pedestrian traffic. Unfortunately, this could cause a pedestrian accident and lead to serious injuries and even death.
An accident involving a pedestrian and a vehicle was reported to the Monroe Township Police located in Gloucester County. The crash occurred at around 9:30 p.m. on the 1300 block of North Blackhorse when a man was stuck in the eastbound lanes of the road. Shortly after emergency crews arrived at the scene the man was pronounced dead.
The driver of the vehicle that struck the man stopped at the scene. It was not clear where the pedestrian was located when he was struck and if he was in a crosswalk. The investigation is ongoing and the cause of the incident has yet to be determined.
When a vehicle strikes a pedestrian, the pedestrian often suffers serious personal injury or dies as a result of the impact. If the driver was negligent, they could be liable for any damages that resulted from the accident. The loved ones of a person killed in a pedestrian accident could file a wrongful death claim while the injured party could file a personal injury suit. Victims may be entitled to recover expenses resulting from the accident including medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
A fatal accident is very tragic and emotional. Losing a loved one can be life altering and difficult to cope with. It is important that both pedestrians and drivers use caution in areas where they both frequent. Taking precaution and being aware of the surrounding area could reduce the chances of an accident.
Source: Eyewitness News ABC 7, “Pedestrian struck, killed in Gloucester County,” June 29, 2013