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New Jersey Pedestrian Accident Lawyer for Injury Victims
Pedestrian accidents are among the deadliest kinds of vehicle accidents nationwide. Even a car traveling at a low speed can cause disabling injuries, including spine and brain injuries, to a pedestrian. If you are hit by a car in New Jersey, you may be able to recover compensation from the driver’s insurance company or your own, depending on your policy. In addition, you may also be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver.
After a pedestrian accident, just like a car crash, you may get calls from pushy insurance adjusters who may try to pressure you into a quick settlement. However, you should not speak to another driver’s insurance representative until you have had time to call a pedestrian accident lawyer. Even if your claim is seemingly straightforward, New Jersey insurance laws are complex, and you may not know just what compensation you need or deserve. At Keefe Law Firm, our lawyers have decades of experience with these kinds of cases. We know what insurance companies can and should pay, and we will work hard to ensure you get a fair settlement.
New Jersey Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 4,700 people die in pedestrian accidents each year in the United States. Approximately 66,000 pedestrian accident victims sustain injuries that require emergency medical treatment annually. Additionally, one of the deadliest states for pedestrian accidents is New Jersey with over 125 fatal accidents every year.
Other important statistics include:
- Pedestrians make up approximately 14 percent of traffic fatalities nationwide. In New Jersey, pedestrians account for 24 percent of all crash deaths. This rate is among the highest in the nation.
- Alcohol use and drunk driving are contributing factors in almost half of all fatal pedestrian accidents.
- Approximately a fifth of all pedestrian accidents are also hit-and-run accidents.
- Three quarters of all pedestrian fatalities occur at night.
- 20 percent of all pedestrian fatalities occur at intersections or crosswalks.
- Most pedestrian accidents occur in cities and urban areas, especially in areas without sidewalks or automated crosswalks.
- Nearly half of all pedestrian deaths involve cars or other vehicles traveling at less than 40 miles per hour. According to the Governors Highways Safety Association, 25 percent of pedestrians involved in a car crash at just 25 miles per hour will sustain serious injuries.
The number of pedestrian injuries and deaths nationwide is slowly growing. Many factors may contribute to this increase, such as a rise in the number of pedestrians on the road. An increase in distracted driving as well as distracted walking may also contribute to the surge in pedestrian crashes. In fact, New Jersey has a texting while driving ban, and any cell phone use is only permissible as long as it is hands-free. Additionally, as of 2016, New Jersey lawmakers are considering a ban on texting while walking.
Who is Liable for Pedestrian Accidents in New Jersey?
The driver of the vehicle is often at fault in cases involving pedestrian vs. car accidents. Vehicle operators and pedestrians alike must exercise reasonable care when on the road.
For drivers, this includes staying alert and looking out for pedestrians crossing the road, especially at crosswalks. Drivers owe a special duty of care to children, who are physically smaller and who are not expected to know the rules of the road. For pedestrians, the duty of care includes looking both ways before crossing and using designated crosswalks at the correct time.
Generally, if you are a pedestrian hit by a car, either the driver’s car insurance or your own should cover the cost of your medical bills and other expenses. Even though you were not driving at the time of the accident, your car insurance policy may apply to your damages. However, this depends on what kind of policy you have and who was at fault for the crash. In New Jersey, you may choose to purchase no-fault car insurance or a normal fault based policy. The rules for each of these types of policies are confusing, so it is always best to consult a pedestrian accident lawyer before filing any kind of car insurance claim.
Hit by a Car While Walking? Call a New Jersey Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Now
If a pedestrian accident caused your injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one, contact Keefe Law Firm. A pedestrian accident lawyer from our law firm can answer your questions about insurance and liability in a free consultation. If you need representation for a personal injury lawsuit, our attorneys will stand by you.
We are committed to providing our clients with individualized attention while they recover. With offices in Red Bank, New Brunswick, Point Pleasant and Newark, we provide legal services to pedestrian accident victims statewide. Schedule your free consultation today by contacting us online or calling one of our local offices.