Pedestrians are authorized to walk along or near a road. This means motorists have a duty to respect the rights of pedestrians and to look out for them. In many cases, however, drivers fail to look for those who may be crossing the street and even hit those who are on the shoulder of the road.
In Howell Township, NJ.com reported, a 65-year-old man died after he was struck by a car while sweeping outside the road just in front of his home around 5 p.m. on Oct. 21. According to a spokesman for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, the township man was sweeping the shoulder of the road in front of his home on Friendship Road when he was hit by the vehicle driven by a 36-year-old Howell woman.
The pedestrian sustained traumatic injuries and was taken to a hospital in Neptune, where he later died of his injuries. The driver who struck the pedestrian was charged with driving with a suspended license and causing death while driving with a suspended license.
A collision between a motor vehicle and a pedestrian can happen at any time and any place, and its result can be fatal. For negligent drivers, pedestrians on the shoulder of the road are usually defenseless targets. These unsuspecting victims are unable to avoid an unforeseeable impact, and are often the most likely to be seriously injured.
Whether a pedestrian accident is caused by a drunk driver, an inattentive motorist, or an unavoidable skid, the person on the side of the road typically takes the brunt of the impact when struck by a vehicle weighing thousands of pounds, even if the vehicle travels at a moderate rate of speed.
Motorists who fail to keep a watchful eye on the traffic ahead and on pedestrians at the roadside may end up injuring or killing a pedestrian through simple negligence. Drivers are supposed to be in control of their vehicles and to be mindful of their surroundings at all times in order to avoid potential hazards. Those who operate their vehicles in a negligent manner and cause an accident can be held legally liable for the expenses associated with the victim’s injuries or death. Have you or a loved one been involved in an automobile accident or collision? Call Grossman Law today at (877) 764-2215 for a free consultation.