There is nothing more frightening than being struck by an oncoming car, truck, or any other motor vehicle. These accidents often happen suddenly, leaving pedestrians little time to get out of the way. What’s worse, when a pedestrian is struck, he or she is nowhere near as protected from a crash as the motorist who hit them. This is why pedestrian accident victims very often seek financial compensation to help cover the cost of their medical bills, in-home care, lost wages and benefits, and more. Here are some of the questions you may have regarding your legal options going forward:
What are the most common causes of pedestrian accidents?
The most common factors of pedestrian accidents are as follows:
- Inclement weather conditions, such as black ice
- Arterial roads
- Unmarked crosswalks
- Negligent road design
- Inadequately lit parking lots or roads
- Faulty car parts
- Overgrown vegetation
- Poor road conditions, like potholes.
Unfortunately, the most common cause of pedestrian accidents is also the most preventable–that is driver negligence.
What are some examples of driver negligence?
Some examples of negligent driving behavior that very often leads to automobile accidents are as follows:
- Driving while drowsy
- Ignoring traffic lights and signs
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Texting while driving
- Smoking or eating while driving
- Navigating directions while driving
How do I recover compensation after a pedestrian accident?
To recover compensation following a pedestrian accident, you must first prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. However, this is not always easy, so you must hire an attorney who knows the ins and outs of the personal injury process. Your attorney will work to obtain security camera footage of your accident, witness testimony verifying your claim, police reports, and more. You should always seek medical attention after an accident, as a physician will provide you with medical documents to help prove your claim.
What is the statute of limitations in New Jersey?
The statute of limitations is the window of time you have from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit against a negligent party. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations is two years. If you fail to file a claim in those two years, you will lose your right to financial compensation.
Contact our experienced New Jersey firm
We understand the implications of a serious accident. If you believe you were injured due to another party’s negligence, please do not hesitate to contact our experienced firm. We are more than willing to help you recover the compensation you need to get your life back on track. Our personal injury specialists at Greenberg & Walden LLC are standing by for a free initial consultation. Call us at 201-528-6928.