2017 was a deadly year for pedestrians in New Jersey. Early reports have found that over 180 pedestrians died in accidents in 2017, compared to just 160 in 2016. This was the highest number of pedestrian deaths recorded by the state Division of Highway Safety in 24 years. Many safety experts believe that the increasing number of pedestrian deaths is due to the increase in distracted driving on the New Jersey roadway. Others, however, believe it is because many of New Jersey’s roads lack the infrastructure needed to protect pedestrians, such as crosswalks and sidewalks.
This year alone, there have been numerous pedestrian accidents across the state.
- In April, 25-year-old Jacob D. Williams was struck and killed by a car in the southbound lanes of Route 130 near Mount Holly Road
- In May, an 18-year-old high school student was killed while attempting to cross at the intersection of Route 130 and Crosswicks Road in Bordentown
- On August 19, , 55-year-old Thomas J. Campbell Jr. was struck and killed while attempting to cross Route 130 in Edgewater Park
Is Route 130 the Most Dangerous Road in New Jersey?
The Tri-State Transportation Campaign analyzed some of the most dangerous roads in New Jersey and discovered that Route 130 ranked as the most dangerous road statewide. The highway runs from Pennsville Township in Salem County all the way to North Brunswick Township in Middlesex County. The stretch of Route 130 in Burlington County is particularly dangerous due to the infrastructure, which focuses more on the heavy traffic flow of vehicles and not on the safety of pedestrians.
Route 130 was not designed with pedestrians in mind, and it shows. Even though pedestrians use Route 130, the infrastructure and speed limits in the area have not changed to reflect this. Speed limits often exceed 40 to 50 mph and Route 130 lacks crosswalks, bike paths, and sidewalks.
To help reduce accidents on one part of Route 130, the New Jersey Senate voted in April to approve legislation to reduce the speed limit on the stretch of Route 130 near Burlington City High School and the Wilbur Watts Intermediate School. The new legislation, known as Antwan’s Law, would reduce speeds in that area to 25 mph at all times, even when school isn’t in session. Currently, the speed limit along that road is 40 mph when school lights aren’t flashing. The law was named after a high school sophomore who was killed in a pedestrian accident along Route 130 in 2016.
Have You Been Injured in a Pedestrian Accident?
Pedestrian accidents in New Jersey often result in life-threatening injuries and complications. Due to the severity of these accidents, pedestrian accident victims are advised to contact an experienced New Jersey pedestrian accident lawyer immediately after their accident. At Rosner Law Offices, P.C. our attorneys offer compassionate yet aggressive legal representation for all our pedestrian accident clients. Contact us today at (856) 502-1655 to schedule your free initial case evaluation.