People walk for different reasons. Some people walk out of necessity or convenience. Others walk for leisure, while others walk for exercise. No matter your reason for walking, you most likely do not think of it as a dangerous activity. Generally, this is the case. Unfortunately, pedestrians do not walk down the street without risk. Sometimes, pedestrians are struck by oncoming vehicles, and when they are, they are usually severely injured. This is why many people who have been involved in pedestrian accidents seek financial compensation to help cover the cost of their medical bills, lost wages, and more. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What can cause a pedestrian accident?
Pedestrian accidents are far from uncommon, and they can happen due to several different scenarios and circumstances. For example, poorly lit roads or sidewalks, or even overgrown bushes or vegetation can prevent a motorist from seeing an oncoming pedestrian, especially if it is night time. Additionally, nasty weather conditions, faulty car parts, and poor road design can contribute to pedestrian accidents. Unfortunately, the most common cause of pedestrian accidents is driver negligence.
What does driver negligence look like?
There are several types of negligent driving behavior. They are as follows:
- Texting and driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Unsafely changing lanes
- Ignoring blind spots
- Driving while drowsy or fatigued
- Ignoring traffic lights and signs
- Disregarding all other rules and regulations of the road
How do I know if I qualify for financial compensation following a pedestrian accident?
To qualify for compensation, you must prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. It is always best you hire an experienced attorney to help you recover the compensation you need. An attorney will obtain security camera footage of your accident, witness statements, medical documents, police reports, and more to prove your claim.
What is the statute of limitations in New Jersey?
The statute of limitations is the window of time you have to file a personal injury claim. Since the statute of limitations in New Jersey is two years, you have two years from the date of your accident to sue. If you fail to do so, you will most likely lose your right to file a lawsuit. Do not wait.
Contact our experienced New Jersey firm
Our firm understands how serious criminal and personal injury cases are. We are prepared to guide you towards a favorable outcome because we believe false accusations or preventable injuries should never cause a person harm. This is why those who require experienced legal counsel in New Jersey should do themselves a favor and contact The Law Office of Andrew S. Maze today for any criminal and personal injury matters.