Pedestrian fatalities in New Jersey

As more and more cities around the nation embark on efforts like Vision Zero which focus on eliminating pedestrian deaths, people in New Jersey may want to get a full understanding of how big of a risk they face when on foot. Anyone can find themselves in the position of being a pedestrian as even the simple act of walking from a parked car through a lot to get into a grocery store qualifies a person as a pedestrian.

According to data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 29% of New Jersey's vehicular fatalities in 2017 were pedestrians. A total of 624 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents statewide that year, 183 of whom were pedestrians. That year also saw the number of pedestrian deaths in New Jersey jump by 20 over the previous year. In fact, the 183 pedestrian fatalities in 2017 were the most recorded in the state in the five years spanning 2013 through 2017.

In Monmouth County, 55 people on foot were killed in vehicular crashes between the years 2013 and 2017. Neighboring Middlesex and Ocean Counties experienced a similar number of pedestrian deaths over this five-year period with 56 and 54 such deaths, respectively. Monmouth County's other adjacent neighbor, Mercer County, recorded a total of 39 pedestrian fatalities in that same timeframe. 

If you would like to learn more about the importance of seeking compensation after being involved in an accident as a pedestrian and how to get the help you deserve, please feel free to visit the pedestrian's rights page of our New Jersey personal injury website.

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