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What to do After a Pedestrian Accident in New Jersey

Many people walk as a means to get somewhere or as a form of exercise. It is important for pedestrians to be aware of their surroundings at all times. This is because it is possible to be involved in an accident with an automobile while walking. Pedestrians do not have the same protection during accidents that drivers are given by their cars. When this happens, pedestrians can sustain life-changing injuries.

When a pedestrian is involved in an accident with an automobile, they may be eligible to receive financial compensation. This can be sought in different ways to provide coverage for damages incurred due to the accident. Coverage exists for any related medical bills, lost wages, or emotional suffering. This allows the injured person to recover without worrying about any overwhelming bills piling up.

Personal Injury Protection

When pedestrians are injured by an automobile, they may be covered by Personal Injury Protection (PIP). This is no-fault insurance that many automobile insurance policies carry for people who are involved in motor vehicle accidents. This exists to provide them with compensation as a form of coverage for expenses that arise as a result of the accident. It is important to note that the compensation can be obtained by all victims of an accident regardless of who is at fault.

It is possible to receive further compensation in the event that PIP does not cover all of these costs. This can be done through a personal injury lawsuit that holds a negligent party responsible for their behavior. If they are found guilty, the driver may be required to provide additional compensation to the injured party for these expenses.

Proving Negligence

If an injured party wants to prove a driver was negligent, they are required to show that the injuries sustained and damages incurred were a direct result of that party’s actions. Actions that are considered negligent driving can include using a phone while driving, driving under the influence, reckless driving, speeding, and more.

Sometimes, a third party can be the cause of an accident. This may be the case in the event that the vehicle manufacturer or a municipality was negligent. When this happens, the injured party can receive compensation from these third parties. People often suffer both physically and emotionally because of an accident. This is why they can receive economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages cover medical bills and lost wages. Non-economic damages exist to cover emotional traumas such as pain and suffering.

Contact our Firm

Our firm understands how serious criminal and personal injury cases are. We are prepared to guide you towards a favorable outcome. If you are in need of experienced legal counsel in New Jersey, please contact The Law Office of Andrew S. Maze today for any criminal and personal injury matters.

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