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Your Guide to Pedestrian Accidents in New Jersey

Why Choose Top Dog Law for Your
Pedestrian Accident Claim?

Pedestrian accidents in New Jersey can occur suddenly and unexpectedly. These incidents can be overwhelming, leading to physical, emotional, and financial strain. At TopDog Law, we’re here to navigate the complexities of these accidents with you.

Our New Jersey pedestrian accident lawyers have the tools and dedication to pursue justice on your behalf. When the unexpected happens, reach out. We’re here to help.

TopDog Law stands out among the rest for several compelling reasons. Our expansive reach as a national firm means we have a comprehensive understanding of varying state laws and nuances, particularly in New Jersey. Our personal injury attorneys are equipped with resources and insights that few local firms can match. Moreover, our commitment is unwavering. When we take on your case, our focus becomes obtaining justice and ensuring you receive the support you deserve, irrespective of where you’re located.

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Injuries in Pedestrian Accidents

In pedestrian accidents, the injuries sustained can range from minor scrapes to life-altering traumas. Due to the lack of protection compared to vehicle occupants, pedestrians are more susceptible to severe harm. Common injuries include fractures, head and brain injuries, spinal cord damage, and lacerations. 

These injuries not only lead to immediate pain and medical expenses but can also result in long-term physical therapy, rehabilitation, and, sometimes, permanent disability. The emotional and psychological impact, including trauma and PTSD, can also be profound, adding another layer of complexity to the recovery process. Seek immediate medical attention following any accident.

Pedestrian Accident Facts in New Jersey

New Jersey streets see a significant number of pedestrian accidents annually. According to recent data, pedestrians account for a disproportionate number of traffic fatalities at 30 percent statewide. New Jersey law has clear regulations designed to protect pedestrians. For instance, drivers are required to stop for pedestrians at marked crosswalks. However, pedestrians also have responsibilities, such as not jaywalking and ensuring they cross streets at appropriate locations.

Liability in New Jersey is determined by the doctrine of comparative negligence. This means if a pedestrian is found to be partially responsible for the accident, any compensation they might receive will be reduced by the percentage of their fault, making it essential to have a strong legal defense backing you as an injured victim. Furthermore, it’s crucial to act swiftly. New Jersey imposes a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims. This means that from the date of your accident, you have only two years to initiate legal proceedings.

Common Types of Pedestrian Accidents in New Jersey

Navigating New Jersey’s streets as a pedestrian comes with its own set of challenges. Despite the rules and regulations in place, accidents can and do happen, each with its own unique circumstances that require investigation and a nuanced understanding of the law. 

Here are some common scenarios pedestrians in New Jersey may encounter:

  • Collisions at crosswalks
  • Vehicles running red lights or stop signs
  • Hit-and-run incidents
  • Accidents caused by drivers under the influence
  • Distracted driving-related accidents
  • Vehicles turning at intersections without yielding
  • Incidents involving buses or public transportation
  • Accidents in parking lots or garages

Who Pays for My Medical Bills After a Pedestrian Accident?

In New Jersey, like many states, drivers are required to have auto insurance, which typically includes coverage for accidents involving pedestrians. When an accident occurs, the at-fault driver’s insurance is often the first source of compensation for the injured pedestrian.

However, insurance companies might attempt to minimize payouts or argue fault. That’s why it’s imperative to have legal representation to navigate these discussions and negotiations, ensuring that victims are not unfairly burdened or left without adequate compensation. In some cases, a pedestrian’s personal insurance might also come into play, especially if the at-fault driver is underinsured or uninsured. Familiarizing oneself with these intricacies, with the help of a lawyer, can make a significant difference in the aftermath of an accident.

Compensation Following Pedestrian Accidents in New Jersey

After enduring a pedestrian accident, it’s natural to be concerned about the financial implications of medical bills, rehabilitation costs, and potential loss of income. In New Jersey, the legal system provides avenues for victims to seek compensation for their injuries and related losses. It’s essential to consult with a legal professional to assess the full scope of potential compensation available in your unique situation. Your pedestrian accident attorney will then work to ensure that your settlement or award spans the full scope of your losses, both present and future. 

Depending on the specifics of the accident and the extent of injuries, individuals might be entitled to various forms of compensation:

  • Medical bills and treatment costs
  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy expenses
  • Lost wages due to time off work
  • Future income loss if unable to return to work
  • Pain and suffering, encompassing both physical and emotional distress
  • Property damage, if any personal items were damaged in the accident
  • Other out-of-pocket expenses directly related to the accident
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Don’t Wait to Start Seeking Justice

If you or a loved one has experienced a pedestrian accident in New Jersey, don’t navigate this journey alone. Legal matters can be complex, but with TopDog Law at your side, you gain a dedicated partner committed to pursuing justice on your behalf. Let us help you understand your rights and options.

Contact us today or CALL (973) 620-2720 today, and let’s work towards securing the compensation and peace of mind you deserve.

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