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.
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.
A Sept. 13 accident left a 55-year-old pedestrian in critical condition, according to Clark police. The 3 p.m. incident reportedly occurred at the intersection of Raritan Road and Lexington Boulevard.