Pedestrian accidents occur more than you might think. Most pedestrian accidents are caused by negligent drivers who are not paying attention to the road in front of them. To be more vigilant, learn how these accidents might occur and what to do if you have been involved in an accident as a pedestrian. If you were injured in an accident, reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney today to help recover the compensation you deserve.
What are the most common causes of pedestrian accidents in New Jersey?
Most pedestrian accidents are caused by negligence. Some of the most common causes of negligent driving include the following:
- Reckless driving
- Driving while intoxicated
- Use of electronic devices
- Irresponsible speeding
- Distracted driving
- Driving while tired or fatigued
It is also possible for other factors to come into play when a pedestrian accident occurs. Some of these hazards include the following road and weather conditions:
- Poor visibility
- Dangerous weather conditions
- Uneven surfaces
- Closed sidewalks
If you believe that any of these road conditions are factors in your accident, you may want to file a personal injury claim against a municipality for their failure to keep up with road maintenance.
What should I do after being involved in an accident?
If you have been involved in an accident where you were struck by a vehicle, it could make a huge difference if you have a plan in place for a worst-case scenario such as this. Creating an immediate plan of action after being involved in an accident can help protect yourself to act quickly and strategically. Take the following steps after being involved in an accident:
- Call the authorities. The police and an ambulance should arrive on the scene as your first step. The police will be able to conduct a police report while medical professionals can treat any injuries sustained in the accident. It is essential to seek immediate medical attention.
- Collect any medical records that relate to your accident. These documents should include the date, time, and severity of your injuries.
- Have a short and polite conversation with the other party involved to collect their contact and insurance information.
- Speak with any witnesses who may have seen the incident. be sure to also collect their contact information
- Take photos or videos of the scene including any damages and injuries.
- Contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you to recover the compensation you deserve.
What is the statute of limitations for pedestrian accidents claims in New Jersey?
The statute of limitations in New Jersey is two years. This means that you will have two years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim. It is important to take legal action as soon as you can because if you fail to do so within the allotted window of time, you will most likely lose your right to file a lawsuit. Reach out to an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney today to begin this process.
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