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How to combat pedestrian deaths

Pedestrians are more likely that those in a car to be killed in a collision with a motor vehicle. This is because they have little or nothing to protect them when the accident happens. However, there are steps that New Jersey residents can take to minimize the odds of a collision between a pedestrian and a motor vehicle.

Pedestrians may be able to remain safe while walking by crossing the street at designated crosswalks instead of doing so in the middle of the road. They should also aim to make themselves as visible as possible whether they are walking during the day or at night. It may be a good idea to wear reflective tape or anything else that makes them stand out in the dark. Finally, they should always be aware of vehicles making turns at a red light.

Drivers should remember that pedestrians may be anywhere on the road. Therefore, there is never a good time to use a cell phone or to otherwise be distracted while behind the wheel. Those who are operating a motor vehicle should obey any posted speed limits as well as any traffic lights or other road signs. They should also keep an eye on anyone walking on the side of the street as pedestrians could cross the road at any time.

If a pedestrian is killed in an accident caused by a driver's negligence, the family members of the victim may want to have the help of a lawyer in filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault motorist. It may be possible to collect compensation for the loss of future contributions as well as funeral and burial expenses and other amounts that are permitted by statute.

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