New Jersey is a highly populated state. There are millions of vehicles on the roads and thousands of pedestrians at any given time. Morristown is not immune to pedestrian traffic. When you add pedestrians into the equation you might see an increase in accidents. Motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians can be very tragic. So, how do you stay safe as a pedestrian in New Jersey?
Pedestrians need to be as visible as possible. Wear bright colored clothing. If walking at night be sure to wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight. Only cross the street at well-lit areas when walking at night. If at all possible, try not to walk at night if your path is not well-lit.
Always walk on a sidewalk. If one is not available, you should walk facing traffic so you can see what is headed towards you at all times. Pay attention while walking. Do not use your mobile phone or listen to music. This can change your focus and even drown out car horns trying to alert you of danger.
When you need to cross the street be sure to do so at a controlled intersection. This includes a traffic light or a stop sign. Be sure to cross in a marked crosswalk and wait until traffic comes to a complete stop before stepping out into the street. Make eye contact with drivers so you know that they see you.
If you have suffered an injury in a car accident as a pedestrian you need to protect your rights immediately. After you have been released from the hospital you should figure out what the best course of legal action is for your situation.
Source: Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, "Safety Tips for Pedestrians," accessed Feb. 16, 2018