August 30, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- At the beginning of August, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced a new initiative to address the rising number of pedestrian deaths over the last two years. Some of the tools that the agency is using to address the problem include safety grants and a new website with safety tips and other resources.
In 2011, 4,432 pedestrians reportedly died in traffic crashes, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data. This was an eight percent increase from 2009 and accounted for approximately 14 percent of all deaths in motor vehicle accidents.
New Jerseypedestrian accidents
resulted in 142 deaths, which represented almost 23 percent of all traffic fatalities in the state during 2011.
Common types of pedestrian injury accidents
Almost three-quarters of the fatal accidents occurred in urban areas, according to NHTSA statistics. This may explain why New Jersey has a higher percentage of pedestrian fatalities when compared to a nationwide average.
A majority of the accidents (70 percent) occurred in non-intersection crossings. Many accidents also occur when it was dark outside. Speed and alcohol also underlie many pedestrian-vehicle accidents.
One common type of intersection accident can easily happen when a driver fails to look to see if a jogger or walker is in the crosswalk before turning left across traffic on a yellow light. If a pedestrian has a walk signal and is in the intersection the left-turning driver must yield. A New York City study found these crashes were more when deadly compared to those accidents that involved a driver making a right-hand turn.
New Jersey initiative to change dangerous driving behavior
A Tri-State Transportation Campaign recently gave Route 130 the infamous distinction as most dangerous road for pedestrians in New Jersey. But that is not the only place accidents occur in the state. Freeway Drive runs parallel to I-280 in East Orange, Orange and Irvington. There are numerous cross streets on Freeway Drive with traffic lights. Those traffic lights are coordinated so that a driver can make several green lights in a row while driving on Freeway Drive. Unfortunately, this causes many drivers to drive too fast as they attempt to make an additional green light. This results in many traffic accidents involving pedestrians attempting to cross Freeway Drive.
Several grants are helping law enforcement agencies target unsafe drivers. From mid-May to the end of June, officers issued 1,729 tickets or warnings for traffic violations. Officers acted as pedestrian decoys and then stopped motorists who failed to stop for them in crosswalks.
A three-day crackdown to enforce a school zone speed limit found that none of the cars actually slowed to the posted 25 mph limit during school hours. Because of the grants, officers will be able to increase enforcement as school starts.
When should you seek the assistance of a personal injury attorney?
The time following an accident is disorienting. You might not immediately know the cause of an accident, but an attorney can help. If a loved one suffers a fatal injury in an accident, a wrongful death claim
may provide a remedy against a negligent driver.
Accident reconstruction is a complicated science. Sometimes it takes an experienced personal injury attorney to find that negligent conduct caused an accident. In such cases, a lawsuit is one way to hold a negligent motorist accountable. Monetary damages may also be available to cover medical expenses, wage loss and suffering.
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