When a truck strikes a pedestrian, the person on foot often suffers catastrophic and even fatal injuries. The initial impact itself may cause serious injuries or even kill the pedestrian, and such injuries are even compounded when the pedestrian is knocked to the ground or thrown into the air by the impact.
NJ.com states that a 52-year-old woman was killed in a pedestrian accident that occurred around 6 p.m. on Nov. 6 in Paterson. A preliminary investigation indicates that the woman was crossing the street at the intersection of George Street and Main Street when she was struck by a box truck that was turning onto George Street. The injured pedestrian was transported to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, where she died of her injuries.
The driver of the box truck stayed at the scene after hitting the pedestrian. The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Passaic Police Traffic Division Accident Investigation Squad are investigating the fatal collision.
An intersection is the point at which pedestrians and vehicle traffic co-mingle. Because of this co-mingling relationship, the passage of pedestrians is aided by the use of crosswalk signals or traffic signals. Yet, many pedestrians have been struck by vehicles at intersections.
Some of the common causes of pedestrian accidents at intersections are vehicles running red lights or stop signs, speeding, and failing to yield, and pedestrians not looking out for oncoming vehicles. In most cases, the collision is the result of the error of at least one party. In rare cases, the design of the intersection or construction flaws could be to blame.
When a vehicle, especially a large one, turns right or left or crosses one or more lanes of traffic at an intersection, there can be a conflict in traffic that may result in a collision. In order to make intersections safer for road users, traffic engineers add stoplights, stop signs, entrance and exit lanes, and other elements to control traffic.
When motorists and pedestrians follow the rules of the road and remain alert at all times, they are able to negotiate intersections without causing harm. But when drivers fail to stop or yield as required, or when pedestrians cross the street at intersections without looking for oncoming traffic, serious accidents may occur. A New Jersey personal injury attorney can help protect the legal rights of crash accident victims. Call Grossman Law today at (877) 764-2215 for a free consultation.