Pedestrians share the roads with drivers, bicyclists, motorcyclists and road workers on a daily basis. Most everyone is a pedestrian at some time or another. While anyone on the roadways must contend with the possibility of accidents, pedestrians face a higher risk for serious injury and death since they lack any sort of protection if an accident occurs. State laws protect pedestrians by giving them the right of way on a roadway, but there are still hundreds of accidents every year wherein a pedestrian is injured or killed by a motor vehicle.
State and Federal governmental organizations have been implementing new initiatives targeting pedestrian safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently awarded grants to select cities, including New York and Philadelphia, to promote and enforce safe driving habits in metro areas with high pedestrian traffic. Moreover, some police departments are running decoy operations wherein officers pose as pedestrians to observe how drivers respond when pedestrians are present.
If a pedestrian is obeying traffic laws, such as legally crossing the street at a crosswalk or intersection, they are usually not responsible for any accident that occurs. Drivers who hit pedestrians will almost always be considered at-fault for the accident caused by:
These are all examples of driver negligence and can be used to support a lawsuit against the driver. Victims can seek compensation for medical bills — including both hospitalization and long-term rehabilitation — lost wages and pain and suffering.
Pedestrian accident victims should immediately seek medical attention for any injuries. Even if the injury seems minor, medical documentation can be a vital piece of evidence if a claim needs to be pursued. The next step is to consult with a personal injury lawyer who specializes in pedestrian accidents. A lawyer can answer any questions and offer recommendations on whether or not to pursue personal injury or civil lawsuits. If the accident was a hit-and-run, legal counsel can be especially beneficial; a knowledgeable law firm can advise hit-and-run victims on all of their possible paths to securing compensation for their injuries. Additionally, New Jersey offers special protections for injured pedestrians; if the pedestrian does not have insurance, the state’s Unsatisfied Claim and Judgement Fund may pay for medical treatment and other compensation required for the pedestrian’s injuries.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury at the hands of a negligent motorist, you may be entitled to compensation. Our Monmouth County personal injury lawyers have several years of experience representing pedestrian accident victims. We work hard to give your case the individualized attention it deserves. Please contact a Monmouth County pedestrian accident lawyer today at 732-493-9400 or fill out our online form. The Law Offices of Fox & Melofchik are located in Ocean Township and we work with clients in Monmouth County, Middlesex County, Mercer County, and Ocean County as well as the towns of Long Branch, Neptune, Asbury Park, Middletown, Ocean Township, Freehold, Wall, Belmar and Sea Girt.