Hawthorne, NJ – Couple Hospitalized After Being Struck by Van Near Diamond Bridge AveNY/NJ Legal News
Hawthorne, NJ (July 27, 2022) – A couple from Hawthorne was hospitalized after they were struck by a van as they walked along a local street on Tuesday, July 26th.
The van was being driven southbound on Lincoln Avenue when it struck both people, both 48 years old, in the area of Diamond Bridge Avenue at about 9:00 p.m.
Both victims were transferred by ambulance to St. Joseph’s University Medical Center with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
The 55-year-old driver of the van, also a local resident, stayed at the scene.
Hawthorne EMS, police, and ALS responded to the scene, while Glen Rock and Fair Lawn police assisted.
No charges or summonses immediately resulted from what is, at this point, an ongoing investigation.
Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
Pedestrian Injuries in New Jersey
In most cases, when a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle, the driver is assumed to be at least partially at fault. Pedestrians injured by negligent drivers are entitled to recovery for their damages by bringing a claim of personal injury against the at-fault motorist.
Pedestrians are entrusted with certain responsibilities such as crossing streets inside crosswalks at the appropriate time and looking both ways before they do so. Pedestrians who jump or run into the roadway, giving a driver no time to react, or pedestrians who stumble into the street while drunk or distracted, could be assigned a portion of liability for the accident.
In New Jersey, even if a pedestrian does share in the liability for their accident, they are still entitled to collect comparative compensation.
New Jersey law grants pedestrians the right of way in both intersections and crosswalks, meaning drivers are obligated to yield until the pedestrian has crossed the roadway. The law also says that, in a collision involving a car and a pedestrian in a marked or unmarked crosswalk in an intersection, the permissive inference will be that the driver violated the duty of care they owed the pedestrian.
Contrariwise, drivers owe a duty of care to others on or near the roadway, including pedestrians, and are expected to operate their vehicles responsibly, safely, and in accordance with the law. If a pedestrian is struck while in a crosswalk, the driver is almost certainly responsible because a pedestrian in a crosswalk has the right of way.
The lawyers at Metro Law are always available to assist our clients by addressing any questions or concerns they might have about legal options open to them after being injured by someone’s carelessness. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Metro Law by calling (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.