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.