After a study of New York City pedestrian accidents revealed that nearly 7,000 crashes occurred between 2002 and 2006, law makers, personal injury attorneys and families who have lost a loved one due to these types of accidents pushed for new laws to pass. In New Jersey, a new law is in place which legislators and residents hope will make pedestrian accidents a much less likely occurrence.
In New Jersey, signs at crosswalks used to say “Yield to Pedestrians”. Now, the signs say “Stop for Pedestrians” with penalties for not stopping increasing from $100 to $200 and two points on the driver’s license. Anapol Weiss’s own Joel Feldman, who lost his daughter in a pedestrian accident last summer, is an advocate for the new law and played a role in helping to get it passed.
Pennsylvania, which has not passed the law, still has signs that say “Yield to Pedestrians” and Mr. Feldman is in favor of the law passing there as well. In an interview with Fox29 news that can be viewed here, Mr. Feldman notes that culture plays a key role in how many drivers view their rights and the rights of pedestrians.
In states like Colorado and California, drivers MUST stop for pedestrians if they even get close to a crosswalk. In other states where drivers only have to yield, it is the pedestrians who must watch out for cars, not the other way around. Ultimately, when a pedestrian auto accident happens, the pedestrian is the one who will suffer more as they do not have the metal protection surrounding them like a driver does.
It is the responsibility of all motorists to be alert and aware of pedestrians; however, many people still suffer serious injury and even death due to these types of accidents. The dedicated Pennsylvania pedestrian crash injury attorneys at Anapol Weiss understand the pain that a victim of an auto accident and pedestrian accident goes through. Not only are you worried about your injuries, but you may be worried about mounting medical bills, loss of income due to having to miss work and other financial burdens. Our skilled Philadelphia personal injury attorneys can help you understand your rights and will fight to ensure that you are compensated fairly for the injuries you sustained. To learn more about our firm or to schedule a free consultation, please call Anapol Weiss at 866-735-2792.