Now that the summer is just about over, we can look forward to fall and then the holidays. Before we know it, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season will be upon us. However, we all need to be aware of one simple fact: car accidents and pedestrian accidents are just as common in the fall and holiday season as they are in the summer. And, pedestrian accidents in New Jersey have risen over the past few years.
In 2009, 157 pedestrians were killed in accidents in New Jersey. As a result, New Jersey beefed up its pedestrian decoy progam, which allows plain clothes police officers to pose as pedestrians and give tickets to drivers who fail to follow pedestrian laws. Also, the legislature changed pedestrian laws. Effective April 1, 2010, New Jersey law now clearly provides that drivers must stop for all pedestrians who are in a marked crosswalk. For pedestrians in unmarked crosswalks, which exist at every intersection, drivers must yield. Under the new law, whenever a driver strikes a pedestrian in a marked or unmarked crosswalk, there is a presumption that the driver was at fault for the accident.
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