Crash Takes the Life of a Local Young Reporter
An early-morning accident along Route 10 in Randolph has resulted in the death of a 26-year-old woman who had recently begun working as a journalist for a local newspaper. Read about the crash and the dangerous stretch of highway where the crash occurred, below. Speak with an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney if you’ve been hurt in a serious car accident and need help recovering much-needed compensation.
The accident which took the local young woman’s life occurred in the eastbound lanes of Route 10 at approximately 2 a.m. on Sunday, October 13, 2018. According to the young woman’s mother, she had recently exited an Uber ride on the side of Route 10 between Canfield Avenue and Dover-Chester Road, and was hit shortly thereafter. The section of highway where the crash occurred is a four-lane road, with the opposing lanes of traffic separated by a grassy median. The road has no paved sidewalks. The area is largely wooded, with several businesses scattered along the side of the road.
This recent accident is but one of many pedestrian deaths in New Jersey so far this year. One hundred twenty-three pedestrians have died in New Jersey auto accidents as of October 19, 2018. This particular stretch of road has become notorious for pedestrian fatalities. Famously, the road took the life of a wife and mother, inspiring her husband to campaign for tougher penalties for drunk drivers in New Jersey. That husband was, tragically, killed mere feet from the site of his wife’s death while out for a jog. Two other pedestrians in their teens have been killed near the site in the past eight years.
Negligent or distracted drivers may not always be at fault for these accidents. A pedestrian in dark clothing may be nearly invisible along a dark street that lacks a sidewalk. Instead, poor lighting, an absence of sidewalks, or other flaws in roadway design may be to blame for a pedestrian fatality. By installing more lit and marked crosswalks, as well as bright lights that will help drivers see those on foot, these tragic fatalities can be prevented. This stretch of road in particular has been the subject of outcry from local residents demanding that improved safety measures be taken to prevent needless additional tragedies. Local and state authorities who ignore repeated accidents along the same stretch of road may bear legal responsibility for failing to improve the safety at that site. A personal injury attorney can help you determine whether you have a legal claim if an unsafe road or intersection contributed to your injuries, or if a negligent driver was to blame.
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