Because of the vulnerability of pedestrians in pedestrian-auto accidents, the NJ Legislature has enacted laws requiring motor vehicle operators to abide by strict standards of care. If drivers violate these standards, they may be held accountable in both the criminal and civil context. While there are also laws that address the responsibilities of pedestrians in navigating the roadways, in this article we focus on some of the laws directed at operators of motors vehicle, and the civil rights of injured pedestrians in NJ.
N.J.S.A. 39:4-36, lays a crucial piece of groundwork for pedestrians’ rights by requiring that drivers yield to pedestrians at crosswalks at intersections, and remain stopped until a pedestrian has finished crossing. Importantly, subsection (d) of this statute provides that “