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Pedestrian Accidents on the Rise in Ocean County

On Behalf of | Nov 19, 2018 | Personal Injury |

The number of pedestrian accidents in Ocean County, New Jersey, continues to climb. From the period of September 23, 2017 to January 10, 2018, there were a total of eleven fatal accidents involving pedestrians or bicyclists in several towns in the county. If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian, bicycle, or motor vehicle accident, the proficient attorneys at the New Jersey criminal defense firm Lomurro Munson LLC can help.

New Jersey pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities

Ocean County witnessed ten pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities during the period of September 23, 2017 through December 31, 2017. In 2017 overall, Ocean County had 13 total pedestrian deaths and four bicyclist fatalities. Five New Jersey counties saw 10 pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities in 2017 and four counties saw an even higher death toll: Essex County, Hudson County, Camden County, and Union County. Pedestrian deaths were also on the rise in Monmouth County, Middlesex County, and Burlington County.

Pedestrian safety

Pedestrians walking on dark roadways without reflective gear are putting themselves at risk. Visibility is reduced at night and it is difficult for drivers to see people walking. Pedestrians who walk while talking on cell phones may be distracted and not alert to oncoming traffic. If you are out walking along the roads, follow these simple steps to roadway safety:

  • If walking at night, wear reflective gear and carry a flashlight
  • Be extra careful when walking in inclement weather
  • Cross at designated crosswalks or intersections
  • Obey traffic walk signals
  • Be alert to your surroundings
  • Watch for oncoming traffic

Most importantly, do not assume that drivers can see you. Always wait for a car to yield to you before crossing a street – even if you are at designated crosswalk or have the signal to cross.

Drivers must be mindful of pedestrians

Drivers who are driving at night should be mindful of pedestrians walking in the darkness. Even in well-lit conditions, it can be difficult to spot someone walking at the side of the road. Always obey the speed limit. Slow down and take extra precautions in inclement weather. Never text and drive.

Dedicated team assists those involved in accidents

Traffic accidents can result in loss of a drivers’ license, jail time, and other consequences. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motor vehicle accident or charged with driving under the influence (DUI), skilled representation is a must. The attorneys at Lomurro Munson LLC in Monmouth County have more than 130 years combined experience representing New Jersey families involved in every type of motor vehicle accident. We are with you every step of the way, advocating on your behalf for the most favorable outcome in your case. To arrange a confidential consultation with a member of our team, contact us at 732-482-9285 or online. Our offices are locations in Freehold and East Brunswick.