Pedestrian Car Accidents in NJ | NJ Personal Injury Lawyers at the Clark Law Firm, P.C., Handle Pedestrian Car Accident Claims
If you or a loved one have been injured or suffered the loss caused by a pedestrian car accident, contact the New Jersey attorneys at the Clark Law Firm to ensure you are compensated appropriately. The majority of injuries that occur related to pedestrian car accidents are significant. The quantity of pedestrian accidents and deaths related to auto accidents is staggering – approximately 100,000 each year in the United States, 50% of which result in death. Also staggering is the number of pedestrian auto accident that occur in NJ compared to the other states. The number of motor vehicle pedestrian accident deaths that occur in New Jersey are the highest in the United States and are approximately double the National average. Since 2004, approximately 30,000 people have been involved in a pedestrian car accident and sustained personal injury. These accidents are typically caused by the driver’s carelessness and negligence, and an experienced NJ auto accident attorney at the Clark Law Firm, P.C., will know how to build a strong case so that the negligent party is held accountable for your injuries and pain and suffering and the community is made safer. In the event a death occurred as a result of a driver’s negligence, they will pursue a wrongful death claim.
NJ Pedestrian Law | Causes of Injury From Pedestrian Car Accidents
Due to the disproportionately high numbers of injuries and deaths caused by auto related pedestrian accidents in NJ, on April 1, 2010 a new law went into affect whereby NJ drivers are required to come to a full stop for pedestrians in crosswalks as opposed to just yielding to pedestrians. In addition to crosswalks, this law also applies in parking lots, main streets, side roads or avenues regardless if a stop sign or traffic light exists. In the event a driver does not stop or remain stopped while a pedestrian is crossing, they are subject to fines up to $200 as well as 2 points on their driving record.
While there may be other contributing factors, it would appear that NJ drives are quite aggressive based on the sheer quantity of pedestrian accidents in NJ, despite the yield to pedestrian laws previously in place. The majority of pedestrian car accidents occur in areas other than intersections, such as side streets. This seems to be the case since drivers are not expecting to have to stop in these areas and are usually traveling at higher speeds. While NJ pedestrian auto accidents have decreased since the enactment of this fairly new law, they frequently still occur and are typically related to motorist negligence. Careless drivers need to be held accountable for their actions and for the injuries, pain, or possibly death they may have caused to others based on their careless driving. There are a variety of causes of pedestrian accident related injuries, which include but are not limited to the following:
- Driver is distracted, not paying attention
- Driver is falling asleep
- Failure to stop at a stop sign or traffic signal
- Failure to stop when a pedestrian is present in the roadway or parking lot
- DUI or DWI
- Driver distracted by talking on the phone or texting
Needless speeding is a common cause of pedestrian injury. Drivers are much less likely to see a pedestrian if they are speeding, and they are also much less likely to be able to stop or avoid hitting a pedestrian if they are speeding.
Protect Your Rights If You Have Been a Victim of a Pedestrian Car Accident
While the NJ stop for pedestrian law was intended to address driver behavior, pedestrians also have are responsibility to abide by traffic regulations – such as using crosswalks and obeying walk / don’t walk, traffic signals. If you however were not obeying traffic signals and sustained personal injury as a result of a pedestrian car accident and the driver was speeding, the driver is still negligent and may be held accountable for the cost of medical treatment for your injures, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one are involved in a pedestrian accident, there are several things you should consider in order to ensure your rights are protected. Unfortunately, sometimes the negligent party will attempt to place blame on you for the traffic catastrophe. Obtaining medical attention for your personal injuries is the first priority. The police should be contacted and if possible, you should remain at the scene of the accident until they arrive. The police should gather facts and statements from witnesses. It is important that you do not make statements to anyone including any drivers. Contact a New Jersey personal injury attorney at the Clark Law Firm, P.C. as soon as possible. The personal injury lawyers are experienced in handling pedestrian accident cases, and will review the circumstances surrounding your case and guide you appropriately.
Pedestrian injuries are sometimes quite serious and can involve several types of injuries. When a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, even though it may not be a high-speed accident, the bodily injuries can be significant. Pedestrian accident injuries may include one or a combination of the following:
- Broken Bones
- Head Injury
- Temporary Brain Injury
- Permanent Brain Damage
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Paralysis – Paraplegia & Quadriplegia
- Temporary or Permanent Disability
- Mental Anguish
Contact a NJ Personal Injury Lawyer at the Clark Law Firm, P.C. Today If You Have Been Involved in a Pedestrian Car Accident
Motorists have a responsibility to adhere to driving laws. Should a motorist fail to abide by driving laws, they can be held accountable if someone was injured or killed as a result of their negligent driving. If you or a loved one was involved in a pedestrian car accident, you should consult with an experienced NJ personal injury attorney at the Clark Law Firm, P.C., as soon as possible. Our accident attorneys will review the circumstances surrounding your case and advise you as to the best course of action. They will work with you to build your case by gathering all the necessary evidence such as accident reports, witness statements and medical treatment records. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you can receive compensation for your injuries, medical expenses including any ongoing treatment, loss of earning both current and future, and pain and suffering. In the event a family member or loved one was killed as a result of a negligent driver who caused the pedestrian accident, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed. The sooner you contact the Clark Law Firm, P.C., after your pedestrian car accident, the more likely your case will result in a favorable outcome. Ensure that you are treated fairly and that you are compensated for your injuries by contacting our experienced personal injury attorneys today.