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Pedestrian accidents are a potential danger for college students

As millions of kids prepare to head off (or back) to college in New Jersey and across the country this fall, it's important for parents to talk with them about the dangers that they may face while navigating a busy college town or large city on foot.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, nearly three-quarters of fatal pedestrian accidents occur in urban areas. However, young people rushing to get to class, distracted by their phones or busy talking with friends while juggling a cup of coffee can find themselves in danger even in less populated areas where college students on bikes and on foot are ever-present amidst the usual traffic. In fact, pedestrian accidents are a major cause of injuries and death among college students.

These students, particularly if they're far away from home, may not know what their legal rights are after being involved in such an accident. They may be told by the motorist and his or her insurance company that the accident was at least partially their fault. Therefore, they may not seek compensation for their injuries or even tell their parents.

If your son or daughter has been injured by a motorist, it's essential to consult with an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney to determine what his or her rights to compensation are. Even if your child was distracted, under the influence or not exercising proper caution at the time of the accident, you may still be entitled to seek compensation that can be crucial to covering the costs of medical care, physical therapy and other damages.

Source: A Student Way, "Pedestrian Accidents Involving College Students," accessed Aug. 08, 2017

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