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Pedestrians are particularly vulnerable in car accidents

One of the most dangerous parts of a walk for any New Jersey pedestrian is at an intersection. At this point, people are particularly vulnerable to pedestrian vs. car accidents. In many cases, they suffer serious or fatal injuries.

Recently, a father was with his son as they walked their bikes across a street. A car stopped for them, but before they got to the other side, a vehicle behind the car jetted out and went around the car. The vehicle then struck the 54-year-old father and his 8-year-old son.

Both of them suffered serious injuries that are not considered to be life-threatening. However, at last report, both remained hospitalized -- albeit at separate hospitals. The nature of the injuries suffered by either father or son was not reported.

The driver of the vehicle that ran them down was identified as a 28-year-old man. Since the accident remains under investigation by New Jersey authorities, it is not yet known what charges, if any, will be filed. No further information regarding the incident was made available. The father and son could be facing lengthy recoveries depending on their injuries.

Clearly, it is hoped that neither of them will be left with a permanent injury. Even if they make a full recovery, the father is still entitled to file personal injury claims for himself and on behalf of his minor child against the party or party deemed responsible. If those claims are successfully litigated, an award of damages commonly seen in pedestrian vs. car accidents may result. Any monetary restitution received could alleviate at least some of the financial burdens being incurred by this family due to the apparent negligence of another.

Source: nj.com, "Pedestrian accident in Princeton seriously injures father, 8-year-old son", Amy Reynolds, Oct. 18, 2014

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