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.
According to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, a Camden man was charged in connection with an alleged DUI fatal accident that occurred on Oct. 4. Reports indicate the accident occurred around 8:30 p.m. near the intersection of Rosedale and Westfield Avenues.
A 36-year-old Rahway man was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver on Dec. 12. According to the Rahway Police Department, the accident happened around 5:40 p.m. on St. George Avenue at its intersection with Race Street. Although the pedestrian was rushed to the hospital for treatment, he died from the injuries he suffered.
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.
A female pedestrian was killed when a school bus hit her in Fort Lee on Aug. 7. Police issued summonses to the driver, but criminal charges were not brought against her.