Trenton, NJ – Pedestrian Fatally Struck by Driver After Fall From Rt 29 OverpassNY/NJ Legal News
Trenton, NJ (July 06, 2022) – A person being hit by a vehicle in the northbound lanes of Route 29 led to the shut down of a portion of the roadway during the morning commute on Wednesday, July 6th in Trenton.
According to a city spokesman, a pedestrian fell from the Route 1 overpass and was then struck by a vehicle that fled the scene. The victim’s identity has not been disclosed but reports indicate they may be undomiciled.
The road was closed off at Warren Street for more than four hours. It reopened at about 10:30 a.m.
State police records show that this is the second fatal incident on Route 29 in Mercer County this year.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.
Pedestrian Injuries in New Jersey
In most instances, when a pedestrian is struck by an automobile, the driver is presumed to be at least somewhat to blame. Pedestrians hurt in vehicle accidents are eligible to collect compensation for their losses and may bring a claim of personal injury against the negligent driver.
Drivers owe a basic duty of care to those on foot and are obligated to operate their vehicles safely and responsibly. If a pedestrian is inside a crosswalk, the driver is almost always held liable because pedestrians in a crosswalk have the right of way.
Under New Jersey law, pedestrians are afforded the right of way at both crosswalks and intersections, meaning drivers are required to yield to them until they have crossed the street. The law also states that, in the event of a collision between a pedestrian and an automobile in a marked crosswalk, or unmarked crosswalk in an intersection, the permissive inference will almost always be that the driver breached the duty of care they owed to the pedestrian.
Contrarily, pedestrians are also burdened with certain duties that include crossing roadways inside designated crosswalks at the appropriate time and looking both ways before they do so. Pedestrians who run or jump out into the street, giving a driver no chance of reacting in time to avoid an accident, or pedestrians who are distracted or intoxicated while taking a stroll could be found to share in the liability for the accident. In New Jersey, however, even if a pedestrian shares in liability for an accident, they are still eligible for 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 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.