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.
New Jersey residents may be interested to hear the results of a study by the Governors Highway Safety Association that found that 5,997 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in 2016, which was an 11 percent increase from 2015. It was also the deadliest year for pedestrians since 1996. The 2016 data is a part of an upward trend that saw pedestrian deaths increase by 12 percent from 2006 to 2015.
New Jersey residents may be interested to learn that an estimated 6,000 pedestrians were killed in 2016. When compared to 2015, approximately 620 more pedestrians were killed last year. This is the highest total in the past 20 years.
New Jersey residents who celebrated Mardi Gras at home may be interested to learn that, on Feb. 25, a man who drove a truck into a crowd was driving over the legal limit. New Orleans authorities said that the man had a blood-alcohol level of .232 percent, more than three times over the legal limit.
Each day, an average of 13 people in the United States are killed while walking. In 2014, being hit by a vehicle caused the deaths of 4,884 pedestrians. Pedestrians in New Jersey may be interested in learning about where in the nation the most dangerous places to go for a walk are located.
A New Jersey man was severely injured after a car struck him in the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township. The pedestrian accident occurred shortly before 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 6.
People in New Jersey and throughout the country are more likely to survive being hit by a car as a pedestrian if they are young and the car is traveling slowly. According to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, lowering the speed at which cars travel can significantly reduce pedestrian deaths. Above 20 mph, the changes of pedestrian deaths begin to multiply significantly. A person who is hit by a car going 30 mph is 70 percent likely to die than a person hit by a car going 25 mph.
Taking walks can be a healthy exercise. However, pedestrians walking near roadways face the risk of being hit and injured or killed by a vehicle. In fact, in 2013, about 4,700 pedestrians around the country died in a traffic-related crash and more than 156,000 suffered serious injuries.
Two men crossing Route 440 in Bayonne became the 15th and 16th pedestrian fatalities to occur in New Jersey in 2015. The fatal pedestrian accident occurred shortly after 11 p.m. on Nov. 2 when the young men, both in their early 20s, set out to cross the roadway at Lefante Way. Going from east to west, they managed to clear the northbound lanes but were then hit by oncoming traffic when they reached the southbound lanes.
New Jersey pedestrians may be interested to learn about a traffic signalling innovation known as the pedestrian hybrid beacon. The devices are installed in mid-block pedestrian crossings. Studies have shown that these are the most dangerous crossings for pedestrians due to motorist speed. Over 70 percent of pedestrian deaths happen in these types of crossing. Vehicles traveling at a speed higher than 40 mph kill more than 80 percent of pedestrians that they hit.