Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents are common occurrences. When vehicles and pedestrians share the roads, accidents are bound to occur. These accidents can be serious and even deadly. It is important to know how these accidents occur in order to be more vigilant. Read on to learn more about pedestrian accidents in New Jersey and what to do in the event of an injury.
How are Pedestrian Accidents Caused?
Pedestrian accidents are caused by a number of factors. But, most accidents are a result of driver negligence. Some of the most common examples of negligence include:
- Driving while intoxicated
- Use of electronic devices
- Reckless driving
- Irresponsible speeding
Poor road conditions can also cause serious accidents. Some of these hazards may include:
- Uneven surfaces
- Closed sidewalks
In the case of poor road conditions, you may end up filing a personal injury claim against a municipality for failing to maintain the roads. This can be more complicated when it comes to proving negligence. In either case, you will want a skilled personal injury attorney on your side when it comes to fighting for the compensation you deserve.
In some cases, accidents are caused by pedestrian negligence. This may include failing to use a crosswalk, failing to follow traffic lights, and failing to pay attention.
What to do After a Pedestrian Accident
- Call 911. The police can call you an ambulance, file a report, take witness statements, and conduct chemical tests.
- Document the scene. While waiting for the ambulance, you should take photos and videos of the accident. Additionally, you should ask the driver for his or her contact information and gather the contact information of any bystanders who witnessed the accident occur.
- Go to the hospital. If you have been struck by a vehicle, you are most likely seriously injured. Regardless of the extent of your injuries, you should go to the hospital. It is possible to be injured without realizing it or to sustain an injury that doesn’t show symptoms until later on. At the hospital, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
- Retain the services of a skilled personal injury attorney.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident in New Jersey, contact our firm today.
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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.