Motorists have a special duty to pay attention to pedestrians who may be walking across or along the roadway. Because pedestrians do not have protection around them that those traveling in vehicles have, they are especially vulnerable in an accident.
If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident, contact the caring New Jersey pedestrian accident lawyers at Lynch Law Firm as soon as possible. We will explain your rights, and we will evaluate your case and determine whether you are entitled to compensation for what you have suffered.
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Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), pedestrian fatalities have been on the rise in recent years. For example, in 2015, there were 5,376 pedestrian deaths across the nation, up from 4,884 just the previous year – almost an 11 percent increase.
Motorists tend to cause pedestrian accidents when they are:
- Distracted by electronic devices
- Making a turn without checking for pedestrians crossing
- Not yielding to pedestrians in a crosswalk
- Not stopping for a stopped school bus
- Under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Pedestrians who are being careless or negligent can also cause or contribute to an accident. However, the greater responsibility generally falls on the driver of the vehicle involved, because a vehicle provides protection to those inside and poses potential danger to those outside.
When, Where and How Often Pedestrian Accidents Occur
The NHTSA reports the times and places that tend to be more dangerous for pedestrian accidents, and their frequency:
- Where They Happen – About 71 percent of pedestrian fatalities occur at locations other than intersections. This indicates that crossing at intersections is much safer than at other points on the roadways.
- When They Happen – The largest percentage of pedestrian fatalities, 26 percent, occur between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. This indicates that nighttime is a much more dangerous time to walk on or around the roads than other times of the day.
- How Often They Happen – On average, a pedestrian is killed on our nation’s roadways every two hours, and a pedestrian is injured approximately every seven minutes.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact a successful New Jersey pedestrian accident lawyer for a free consultation. We charge no upfront fees and there is no obligation, so there is no risk to you.
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How Can I Get Compensation from a Pedestrian Accident?
If you have been injured as a pedestrian, you may have experienced many different costs as a result of the accident, including those associated with:
- Emergency room visits
- Medical expenses
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Lost wages
- Lost future income
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
Our pedestrian accident lawyers in New Jersey can evaluate your losses and expenses to determine an accurate value for your injuries.
New Jersey’s comparative negligence law allows you to seek compensation for injuries you sustained in an accident as long as you were not 50 percent or more at fault. If you were partially at fault, the compensation you receive will be reduced by your percentage of fault. Your New Jersey pedestrian accident attorney at our firm can explain everything to you and answer any questions you may have.
We can take care of all the details for you so you can concentrate on getting your life back to normal again. We will communicate with the insurance company on your behalf, and we will fight for your right to maximum compensation to cover your costs and for what you have endured.
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Who Is Liable for a Pedestrian Accident?
Because New Jersey has experienced an unusually high rate of pedestrian accidents compared to other states across the nation, the state’s Division of Highway Traffic Safety has devised special programs for education, enforcement and engineering to help reduce the number of these accidents.
One of these initiatives was to create stricter rules about crosswalks. Before April 2010, New Jersey law required motorists to simply yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk; but since then, all motorists must stop for pedestrians who are in a marked crosswalk.
Likewise, if a vehicle is stopped for a pedestrian at a marked crosswalk and another vehicle approaches from behind and passes the stopped vehicle, the driver of the passing vehicle can be given a citation by the authorities.
Vehicles must also stop for pedestrians crossing at an unmarked intersection.
However, outside of these situations, pedestrians must give vehicles the right of way. Pedestrians should only cross a street using a marked crosswalk if one is available. They must also obey all pedestrian signals and signs, and they should not walk into the path of a vehicle if the vehicle does not have time to stop.
Any violations of these laws will be important for determining liability for a pedestrian accident. This means there are situations where a motorist is solely at fault for an accident, where a pedestrian is at fault, or where both parties share some responsibility for the accident.
Your New Jersey pedestrian accident lawyer will review the details of your accident to determine who is liable for your injuries.
If you were injured as a pedestrian, your attorney will take care of the details for you and negotiate with the insurance company for the compensation that is owed to you. Our New Jersey pedestrian accident attorneys have decades of successful experience helping our clients obtain maximum compensation for their injuries, and we can apply that experience to your case as well.
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Types of Injuries from a Pedestrian Accident
When a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, he or she may experience injury in many different parts of his or her body, including:
- Internal bleeding
- Soft-tissue injury
It is important that the victim of a pedestrian accident seek immediate medical attention after the accident so any possible injuries are found and diagnosed. Depending on where on the pedestrian’s body he or she was hit and how severe the strike was, the victim may experience immediate or delayed pain, so it is important to have the injuries documented by medical professionals.
A pedestrian who is injured must keep these medical records for pursuing compensation from the at-fault party. Otherwise, the at-fault party’s insurance company may try to claim that the pedestrian’s injuries were caused by something other than the accident.
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Medical Procedures That May Be Required After a Pedestrian Accident
Medical professionals usually take many precautionary steps to ensure an accident victim’s injuries are documented and treated.
Tests that may be done after your accident may include:
- CT scans (also called CAT scans)
- Neurological exams
It is important to follow all of the doctor’s orders and take all prescription medications you are given to treat and heal your injuries after an accident. If you fail to follow what you are told to do by the medical professionals, the insurance company and the at-fault party’s attorneys may claim that you do not require the compensation you are requesting.
You need a strong advocate on your side who will fight for your right to the compensation you deserve. Contact our law team today to have a qualified New Jersey pedestrian accident lawyer review your claim.
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Contact a New Jersey Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today
If you were injured in a pedestrian accident, Lynch Law Firm is ready to evaluate your claim and determine whether you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. Our seasoned lawyers know how to calculate the value of your claim, and we can represent your best interests to help you receive maximum compensation.
We offer a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation, and we charge no upfront fees – so there is no risk to you to talk to us about your case. You only pay us if we are able to help you obtain compensation. Contact us today to discuss your case with our caring pedestrian accident attorneys in New Jersey.