Many people all across the state of New Jersey choose to walk to their destination. Walking is great exercise, enjoyable at times, and, rather obviously, affordable. However, sometimes pedestrians are involved in car accidents. Unfortunately, the pedestrian almost always takes the brunt of the hit and is usually severely injured as a result. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be looking into recovering compensation to help with the cost of your health care, medical expenses, lost wages, and more. Here are some of the questions you may have regarding the personal injury claims process:
What are the most frequent contributors to pedestrian accidents?
Pedestrian accidents can be caused by poor weather conditions, faulty car parts, poor road conditions, and even a negligent road design. Sometimes, other outside factors may also contribute to pedestrian accidents. For example, inadequate street lighting may cause a motorist to not see a pedestrian at night. Overgrown vegetation sometimes prevents motorists from noticing a pedestrian around the corner. However, the most common cause of pedestrian accidents is driver negligence.
What is driver negligence?
When a motorist behaves irresponsibly, he or she is considered negligent. Some examples of negligent driver behavior are as follows:
- Smoking while driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Eating while driving
- Unsafely changing lanes
- Navigating directions while driving
- Disregarding stop lights or signs
- Texting while driving
- Disobeying any other rules of the road
How can I recover compensation following a pedestrian accident?
To recover compensation, you will first have to prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. Your attorney will work to obtain security camera footage of your accident, witness testimony, police reports, and more to prove your claim. You should always seek medical assistance after an accident. A medical professional will provide you with documentation regarding the extent of your injuries that you may also use to prove your claim.
What is the statute of limitations in New Jersey?
The statute of limitations in New Jersey is two years, which means you have two years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim. If you fail to do so, you may be denied the right to sue. Hire a knowledgeable attorney who is ready to get the claims process started as soon as possible.
Contact our experienced New Jersey firm
The law firm of Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C., is composed of experienced defense attorneys throughout the state of New Jersey. We understand the severity and immediacy of all personal injury claims and additional legal matters, and we provide each of our clients with compassionate and aggressive legal assistance, every step of the way. Please contact our office for a free initial consultation and get any questions answered regarding your legal case.