Keansburg is generally a pedestrian-friendly borough in Mommouth County, but a recent pedestrian accident that claimed the life of an 11-year-old boy has left his family and the community devastated. Busy intersections may lead to car accidents, but a crash that involves hitting a boy on foot leaves questions about the driver’s attention.
The APP reports that a Keansburg boy, 11, died on April 22 after he was struck by a vehicle at around 4 p.m. while walking near the intersection of Forest Avenue and Park Avenue. He sustained serious injuries and was rushed to Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, where he was pronounced dead. Police said the vehicle was traveling north on Forest Avenue when the young pedestrian was struck. Police did not release the identity of the driver and the circumstances surrounding the accident.
It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure traffic safety on the road. Drivers are required to follow traffic rules and to exercise caution in order to prevent accidents. Drivers who fail to operate their vehicle with due care are considered negligent, leaving them open to legal liability. In pedestrian accident cases, the party often at fault is the driver. If the pedestrian darted into the vehicle and the driver did not see the pedestrian because he or she was distracted, then both parties may share liability.
Since New Jersey is a no-fault state, pedestrians are covered by their own car insurance policy if they have any. In this particular case wherein the victim is a child, his family may obtain PIP benefits through the auto insurance policy of his parents. The family of the crash victim may pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver. If so, the victim’s family would have to prove that the driver who struck the pedestrian was negligent, and that negligence caused the death of their loved one. With the legal assistance of a New Jersey wrongful death attorney, the victim’ family may obtain fair compensation for their losses.