Previously, we've discussed how negligence too often plays a role in personal injury and wrongful death. But sometimes the determination of fault in a fatal accident has to go beyond the initial police report. In fact, families in New Jersey sometimes have to seek help in accident reconstruction after the tragic death of a loved one. Such efforts aid victims' families in deciding whether a wrongful death claim is a viable option in the wake of a fatal accident.
An elderly Moorestown man was recently the victim of a hit-and-run accident as he tried to cross Main Street. The hit-and-run happened shortly after sundown on March 16. Responders on the scene transported the 69-year-old to Kennedy University Hospital in Cherry Hill for treatment. He was later taken to Cooper University Hospital, where he was said to be in stable condition.
City traffic engineers and drivers alike have a responsibility to try to make New Jersey roadways safe. One aspect of a traffic engineer's job is to address unsafe road conditions such as intersections and traffic directives that have proven to be especially dangerous to motorists and pedestrians. Drivers, of course, must try to prevent personal injury by exercising due caution and limiting distractions. A recent pedestrian accident in Burlington County reminds us of the vital importance of these issues.