Pedestrian Safety in Atlantic City

Posted on October 24, 2012 at 4:31pm by

In 2010, there were 4,280 pedestrians killed in motor vehicle accidents in the United States, including 139 pedestrians in New Jersey. The pedestrian fatality rate in Atlantic County was twice the state average for both seniors and the total population from 2007 to 2009, and Atlantic County had the state’s highest rate of pedestrian fatalities for seniors during that period. If you have sustained serious injuries in a pedestrian accident, or if your family member was struck and killed by a vehicle, an experienced Atlantic City injury attorney can help.

Pedestrian Accidents

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration studied 10 years worth of data covering the period 1997 to 2006 and released its finding in the 2008 National Pedestrian Crash Report. The report identified all of the following as contributing factors in fatal pedestrian accidents:

  • Pedestrian alcohol involvement (37.4 percent)
  • Improper crossing (27.3 percent)
  • Hit and run (19.8 percent)
  • Driver alcohol involvement (16.3 percent)
  • Pedestrian failing to yield right-of-way (13.9 percent)
  • Darting out or running into road (12.1 percent)
  • Driving too fast for conditions (9.9 percent)
  • Driver failing to yield right-of-way (9.3 percent)
  • Driver inattention (7.3 percent)
  • Failure to stay in lane (4.6 percent)
  • Reckless driving (3.6 percent)
  • Pedestrian inattention (2.6 percent)

It is important for both pedestrians and drivers to be proactive about preventing accidents.

Pedestrian Safety

Pedestrians can do the following to minimize their risk of being struck by a vehicle:

  • Avoid walking near roadways when under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Obey traffic signals and use crosswalks when available
  • Cross at intersections whenever possible
  • Yield to vehicles when crossing without a crosswalk or signal
  • Look both ways before crossing
  • Watch for turning vehicles
  • Walk on sidewalks, or walk facing oncoming traffic if no sidewalk is available
  • Keep off freeways and other areas where pedestrians are prohibited
  • Avoid using headphones, cell phones and other devices that limit your ability to hear and see vehicles
  • Wear bright, light-colored or reflective clothing at night

Drivers can do the following to help keep pedestrians safe:

  • Avoid distractions, such as texting or talking on a cell phone, eating, or applying makeup
  • Do not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Exercise caution around crosswalks and in residential areas and school zones
  • Stop at crosswalks when pedestrians are present
  • Never block a crosswalk
  • Do not pass vehicles that are stopped at a crosswalk
  • Make sure there are no pedestrians nearby before backing up
  • Watch for older pedestrians who may have difficulty hearing or seeing
  • Scan for pedestrians up ahead and along the side of the road
  • Always be prepared to stop

When a pedestrian, driver or passenger is seriously injured or killed in a motor vehicle accident, the victim or victim’s family may be entitled to compensation from legally liable parties. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a pedestrian accident, contact a qualified Atlantic City injury lawyer today to learn about your legal rights.

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