As the seasons change, you will see a lot of information regarding tasks you need to do to transition to winter. Houses need winterization and holiday preparation is quickly approaching. However, many people do not realize that the fall has become the most dangerous season for pedestrians. As we head into cooler months, there are more people walking outside; kids are going to school, commuters are taking advantage of the crisp cool weather and people are getting their exercise outside while they still can before winter sets in. More people out walking and shorter daylight hours have led to an increase in seasonal accidents, accidents that can be prevented.
New Jersey residents have probably heard about the motorist who drove down a sidewalk on the famous Las Vegas Strip on Dec. 20, leaving one dead and dozens injured. Initially, authorities were trying to determine if the incident was a purposeful act or an accident.
While all pedestrians face the risk of serious or even fatal injuries when involved in a collision with automobiles, New Jersey residents might be surprised to learn that some are in more danger than others. Georgetown University researchers have found that pedestrians who use wheelchairs are 36 percent more likely to suffer fatal injuries in a crash. Their study, which looked at pedestrian accident fatalities, reported that from 2006 to 2012 about 528 persons who used wheelchairs died in car accidents around the country.
Like law-abiding motorists, New Jersey pedestrians who obey all the rules may encounter negligent drivers. Understanding the risks and not taking drivers for granted can save lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With several hundred pedestrians injured each day in traffic-related accidents, defensive walking is worth considering.
A New Jersey man faces a sentence of up to 10 years in prison after admitting his role in a December 2013 pedestrian accident that claimed the life of an 84-year-old man. The defendant entered a plea of guilty to a charge of vehicular manslaughter on June 1 according to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office. He is also facing a number of drug charges unconnected with the fatal accident.
May 2015 was designated "Bike Month" by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The Garden State is ranked as the 11th friendliest in the nation for cyclists by the League of American Bicyclists, but the serious injuries suffered by a Gloucester County cyclist in an April hit-and-run accident are evidence that much can still be done to improve safety for those traveling on two wheels. The woman remains in intensive care connected to breathing and feeding tubes.
Being a pedestrian can be hazardous to one's health in New Jersey and around the country. U.S. Department of Transportation statistics showed that a pedestrian died, on average, in a traffic accident every two hours somewhere in the United States in 2012, and every seven minutes a pedestrian was injured. More than 4,700 pedestrians died in traffic accidents in that year alone.
According to law enforcement authorities, a New Jersey Transit bus leased to the Academy Bus company hit and critically injured a 27-year-old man in North Bergen. The accident reportedly occurred on April 17 around 5:50 a.m. as the man was crossing the street in a crosswalk at an intersection.
New Jersey residents may be interested in one type of traffic control method that could potentially lead to an intersection accident if installed incorrectly. Additionally, these installations negatively affect those who they are supposed to benefit.
A 79-year-old man in a Lincoln Town Car ran into a 83-year-old woman who was attempting to negotiate a New Jersey crosswalk on foot. The accident happened on March 30 and was not fatal to the woman, though she required medical treatment at a local facility.