East Brunswick, NJ – Samette Martin, 82, Killed in Pedestrian Accident on Cranbury Rd and Rues LaneNY/NJ Legal News
East Brunswick, NJ (January 11, 2023) – An elderly woman was hit by a car and killed on Monday night, January 9, in East Brunswick. Authorities said the accident happened shortly before 8:30 p.m.
Police were called to the intersection of Cranbury Road and Rues Lane for reports of a serious pedestrian accident. Samette Martin, age 82, was struck by a vehicle. She was pronounced deceased on-site.
Few other details are currently available to report concerning the circumstances of the crash. Authorities are still investigating.
We want to offer our sincere condolences to the family of the deceased victim.
New Jersey Pedestrian Accidents
In many cases, when a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle, the driver is believed to be at least partially to blame. Pedestrians hurt in a car accident are eligible to collect financial compensation for their losses and may bring a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver.
Drivers owe a duty of care to pedestrians. They are expected to operate their vehicles responsibly and safely. If a pedestrian is struck inside of a crosswalk, for example, the driver is almost always held responsible since the pedestrian had the right of way.
New Jersey law states that pedestrians have the right of way at crosswalks and intersections, therefore, drivers are obligated to yield the right of way to pedestrians in these areas and remain stopped until the pedestrian has crossed the street. The law also states that, in the event of a collision between a pedestrian and a car or truck inside a marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, the permissive inference will always be, unless proven otherwise, that the driver breached the duty of care they should have shown for the pedestrian’s safety.
On the contrary, pedestrians are also tasked with certain responsibilities that include crossing in designated crosswalks at the appropriate time and looking both ways before they do so. Pedestrians who dash out into the roadway, giving an unsuspecting driver no chance to react and avoid striking them, or pedestrians who are under the influence or not paying attention while walking, may be held partly liable for an accident. In New Jersey, however, even when a pedestrian shares liability for an accident, they are still permitted to seek comparative compensation.
Many pedestrian accidents result in serious injuries. Personal injury protection coverage, with its numerous restrictions, is not always enough to cover the medical expenses associated with these injuries. Some pedestrian victims may not have an auto insurance policy, or their insurance provider may dispute their injuries or their account of what happened.
The attorneys at Metro Law are readily available to help our clients by addressing any concerns or questions they may have about the legal possibilities available to them after they are injured by someone’s negligence. Contact our New Jersey personal injury lawyers at (800) 469-6476 to schedule a free case assessment.
Notes: Outside sources were used in the creation of this post, including news bulletins and first-hand accounts of the accident and injuries involved. As a result, the details of the accident presented have not been independently verified. If you have identified any false information in the story or would like the post to be removed, please inform us immediately, and we will correct the information or remove the post.
Disclaimer: As a member of the local community, we at Metro Law strive to improve the overall safety and quality of life for everyone who lives in our beloved state. We are extremely saddened by these accidents but hope that through an awareness of these dangers, those in our community will take precautions to avoid these accidents. This is not a solicitation for business, and this information should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. We wish only the best and quickest recovery to all those involved in the accident. The photos depicted in this post are not from the actual accident scene.