Last year New Jersey, saw 36 people killed in pedestrian accidents. As of the time of this writing, 30 people have been fatally struck in pedestrian accidents in 2019. And the year just started. The stats for pedestrians don’t look good this year. For more sobering data on pedestrian accidents, consider the following statistics, from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- In 2016, 5,987 pedestrians died in motor vehicle crashes. (Nearly one death every 90 minutes)
- 162 of those deaths were in New Jersey
- The number of pedestrians killed increased by 9% from the 5,495 pedestrian deaths reported in 2015.
- Ninety percent of those pedestrians killed in 2016, died in a single-vehicle crash.
- In 2016, 20% of children ages 14 and under killed in crashes, were pedestrians.
- Seventy-six percent of fatal pedestrian accidents were in urban areas.
According to the Census Bureau, New Jersey is the only state to have every single county designated as “urban.” This means that New Jerseyans are especially at risk of death in a pedestrian accident. Considering how many of us live in or near a major city, we must be mindful. Being a pedestrian in a major city can be hazardous and result in serious injury!
Here are some things you can do if you’ve been in a pedestrian accident:
- Call 911, seek medical attention
- Take photos, if you’re able. If not, ask witnesses to take photos on your behalf.
- Get the driver’s information
- Do your best to get the driver info as soon as possible, in the event you are carted off in an ambulance before police arrive.
- File a police report, if possible
- Document the accident and your injuries
- See an attorney. You may be entitled to compensation. (Many offer free initial consultations for injured victims)
If you’ve been involved in a pedestrian accident, you will likely need support and guidance. Joseph Ghabour has written a book specifically for those injured in pedestrian accidents. His mission is to serve and educate injured victims. To that end, we offer Mr. Ghabour’s book, The Essential Guide to Pedestrian Safety absolutely free of charge. Get it here.
In it, you’ll find tips on staying safe while traveling on foot in addition to advice on the claims process, should you find yourself the victim of a pedestrian accident.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, let us help. Contact us today. We’re here to help guide you through it. As a reminder…we value your privacy and will never give or sell your information to anyone.