A New Jersey police officer has been charged for a hit and run accident that ended the life of a pedestrian. The pedestrian accident happened in June 2015 when the 30-year-old off-duty police officer struck and killed a 23-year-old man in the city of Paterson. The authorities have completed their investigation and charged the police officer with leaving a scene of a fatal accident. He has been suspended from the Paterson Police Department while the investigation was being conducted.
Pedestrians are likely the most vulnerable people on the roadways. Their lack of protection can cause a collision with a vehicle to result in life-altering injuries and death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that nearly 5,000 pedestrians accidents occur annually. Every pedestrian is encouraged to follow safety precautions such as wearing reflective clothing, utilizing sidewalks and crosswalks, and traveling in well-lit areas. While most pedestrians do follow all possible safety measures, a pedestrian accident isn’t always avoidable due to the negligent driving of the motorist. The most effective way to hold an at-fault driver accountable for their negligence is to contact a personal injury attorney.
The St. Louis auto accident attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth have handled thousands of accident cases, including pedestrian accidents. We will fully investigate your accident to determine the most effective case to file to ensure the maximum compensation is received. You deserve compensation that will cover all your damages and our experienced representation will provide that for you. Contact Meyerkord & Kurth for a free no-obligation consultation.