Jersey City, NJ – Five-Year-Old Hospitalized After Being Struck by Van on Nelson Ave

Jersey City, NJ – Five-Year-Old Hospitalized After Being Struck by Van on Nelson Ave

Jersey City, NJ (May 09, 2022) – A five-year-old boy is in the hospital with a broken leg after he was hit by a minivan in Jersey City on Tuesday, May 3rd.

The boy was walking home after school with his grandfather and father on the southbound side of Nelson Avenue when he was struck by a 2015 Dodge Caravan, also traveling southbound, at about 3:15 p.m., according to New Jersey State Police.

His father said in the crash report that the boy and his sister were walking across the street when he dropped his hat and stopped to pick it up.

The boy was transported by ambulance to Jersey City Medical Center with observable injuries on his right-hand side. He has since been diagnosed with a broken femur. 

The driver of the minivan declined medical attention at the scene.  

Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for their full recovery.

Pedestrian Injuries in New Jersey

Jersey City, NJ - Five-Year-Old Injured After Being Struck by Van on Nelson Ave

In most cases, when a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle, the driver is assumed to be at least partly to blame. Pedestrians injured in a car accident are entitled to recover financial compensation for their damages and can file a claim of personal injury against the at-fault driver.

Motorists owe a certain duty of care to walkers and are required to drive their vehicles safely and responsibly. If the pedestrian was inside a crosswalk, the vehicle’s operator is nearly always considered to be liable since pedestrians have the right of way. 

According to New Jersey law, pedestrians have the right of way at intersections and crosswalks. As such, drivers are expected to yield to pedestrians at these locations and remain there until the pedestrian has crossed the street. The law also says that, in the event of an accident involving a pedestrian and a vehicle inside a marked crosswalk, or inside an unmarked crosswalk in an intersection, the permissive inference will be that the driver violated their duty of care for the pedestrian’s safety.  

Conversely, pedestrians are also shouldered with a certain responsibility that includes using designated crosswalks at the proper time and looking both ways before they cross. Pedestrians who dart or run out into the roadway, giving a driver no opportunity to react and avoid hitting the pedestrian, or pedestrians who are distracted or under the influence while walking could hold partial liability for an accident. In New Jersey, however, even if a pedestrian is partially liable for an accident, they are still entitled to comparative compensation.

Most pedestrian accidents result in serious injuries. Personal injury protection coverage, with its many limitations, may not be enough to cover the medical costs associated with their injuries. Some pedestrian accident victims might not have a car insurance policy, or their insurer might dispute their injuries or their account of what happened.

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 our personal injury attorneys in New Jersey 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.