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Even crosswalks are no guarantee for pedestrian safety

The simple act of walking along city streets is one of the first things we learn as children. We're told to always cross streets at the light, and to look both ways before stepping off the curb. Still, sometimes even following those rules offers no guarantee of your safety as a pedestrian.

Unfortunately, we live in a society full of items that can distract drivers and remove their focus from the road. Cellphones, tablets, GPS navigational devices and satellite radios are just some examples of things that can cause drivers to experience momentary lapses in attention.

In other auto vs. pedestrian cases, motorists were simply too busy looking for oncoming traffic while attempting to make right turns. Whatever the reasons, even a momentary lapse of judgment in the driver of a car, truck or SUV can prove fatal for pedestrians -- even while in a crosswalk.

Frequent readers of our online blog may recall a previous story that happened in Brooklyn, New York. In that case, a 27-year-old pedestrian died at a hospital two days after being struck while attempting to cross a street using the crosswalk.

It's important to know that even non-fatal car vs. pedestrian accidents can sometimes leave victims with extensive injuries. Broken bones, brain trauma and even paralysis can occur in even relatively low speed collisions.

There are a few things you should know if a motorist struck you with his or her vehicle. New Jersey laws permit victims of preventable accidents to seek compensation for their injuries through civil litigation. With over 150 years combined legal experience, our law firm provides those types of legal services for clients throughout New Jersey and particularly in Bergen and Hudson counties.

Your accident may have made it difficult for you to travel. We understand that. That's why our law firm offers flexible scheduling to make it easier for potential clients to get the help they need.

Our law firm handles all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. That means that clients pay no fees unless we obtain a favorable outcome on their behalf. Prospective clients should also know they can contact our office to arrange an initial consultation with one of our attorneys at no cost. Hablamos Español.

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