When cars collide with pedestrians, there is a high potential for serious injury, and in this case, death.

Drivers should take appropriate care in crowded areas or school zones – for the potential that a pedestrian will enter the road. On the other hand, pedestrians should follow the advice that we attempt to ingrain into the youngest of children – look both ways before attempting to cross the street.

According to Fort Lee police, a 65-year old man who suffered minor injuries after being struck by a hit-and-run driver during the evening rush hour the other night has died.

Apparently pedestrian accidents have been a major problem in Fort Lee. Officials have sought to reduce these accidents with a series of enforcement drives in which police act as decoys by crossing in marked pedestrian lanes. Drivers who fail to stop are ticketed.

Statistics show that as of August, 2013, 37 people have been injured – one of them fatally – in pedestrian accidents. In addition, the victim was the third pedestrian struck in Fort Lee since January 1 of this year.

When pedestrians exercise due caution before entering a road, the chances of being struck by a vehicle are pretty low. The chances of an accident go up significantly when the following occurs:

  • Ignoring traffic signals
  • Jaywalking
  • A darting child – parent in pursuit
  • Walking on a limited access highway

Common driver errors which contribute to car-pedestrian accidents include:

  • Drivers who don’t pay attention to crosswalks
  • Disregarding a traffic signal
  • Disregarding a pedestrian already crossing the road
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Passing a school bus

When a pedestrian is struck by several thousand pounds of metal and glass, even a low-speed collision carries a high potential for serious or catastrophic injury, or even death.

Police are investigating to determine what happened. They have charged a 58-year old woman with careless driving. There is no evidence that she was intoxicated or speeding.

My sincere condolences go out to the family for their tragic loss.

If you have been involved in a pedestrian collision or someone you love has been killed, contact the personal injury law offices of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi. Our attorneys are dedicated to maximizing the value of your lawsuit and helping you receive the best compensation possible for your pedestrian accident.

We have offices in Fort Lee, New Jersey and New York City.