Pedestrian Accidents in New Jersey | What to Know

Unfortunately, when drivers and pedestrians share the roads, serious accidents can occur. As a result, it is important for everyone on the roads to be vigilant. Read on to learn more about pedestrian accidents, how they occur, and what to do in the event of an accident.

How do Pedestrian Accidents Occur?

Some pedestrian accidents are caused by unmarked crosswalks, a pedestrian wearing dark clothes at night, inclement weather conditions, overgrown vegetation obstructing a motorist’s line of sight, or poorly lit parking lots or roads. But, the majority of accidents are a result of driver negligence. The most common forms of driver negligence include:

  • Excessive speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol
  • Ignoring lights, signs, and other rules of the road

Fulfilling the Burden of Proof

If you have been struck by a car, you are most likely suffering from serious injuries. You may experience physical, emotional, mental, and financial burdens as a result. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you likely deserve compensation to help ease these burdens. In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to provide proof that this negligence occurred to cause your accident. If you are able, it is important to take the following steps:

  1. Call 911: The police can send an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, conduct chemical tests, and more.
  2. Document the scene: If possible, take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident.
  3. Obtain witness contacts: If anyone saw your accident occur, ask for their name and contact information. They may be able to corroborate your version of events.
  4. Seek medical attention: One of the most important things you can do after an accident is visiting the hospital. It is important to seek medical attention, even if you do not believe you have been seriously injured. This ensures that your injuries are treated by a medical professional. Additionally, it will provide you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries, which is extremely important when it comes to a personal injury case.
  5. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney right away. An attorney may be able to provide further proof, including police reports, among other evidence you may not otherwise be able to obtain.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident in New Jersey, contact our firm today. We will fight to help you recover the compensation you deserve.

Contact our Experienced New Jersey Firm

If you have been injured due to the negligence of another party and wish to speak with an attorney, contact the Law Office of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. today.