Pedestrians are susceptible to severe harm in the event of a traffic accident. According to the National Highway Safety Administration, an estimated 70,735 pedestrians were injured of killed due to traffic-related crashes in the United States.
Knowing the laws of the road is the first step to building your pedestrian accident claim. If the driver who hit you committed a legal violation in the process, then it is a near guarantee that your claim is valid and will hold up under scrutiny by the insurance company and the court.
New Jersey’s right-of-way laws regarding pedestrians are as follows:
- At crosswalks and intersections:Under New Jersey Statute 39:4-36, drivers must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians who are legally crossing the road at an intersection or in a marked crosswalk. Furthermore, drivers must come to a complete stop at crosswalks when pedestrians are on the roadway. Pedestrians, however, are not allowed to dart into the roadway.
- Outside crosswalks:Pedestrians are legally required to yield the right-of-way to motorists when trying to cross where there is no crosswalk. That does not excuse drivers from exercising due care to avoid pedestrians who are in the roadway. A driver may still be found at-fault if a pedestrian accident is the direct result of reckless or negligent action.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident caused by another party, please reach out to the experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyers at The Wilton Law Firm. We can help you file an injury claim or lawsuit in pursuit of full and fair compensation for the damages you have suffered. To learn more about your rights and legal options, call us today, at 732-275-9555, for a free informative consultation.