The many cars, trucks, buses, taxis, and motorcycles on New Jersey’s roadways pose a serious threat to pedestrians. Not only do they have to worry about drivers failing to obey traffic signals or yield to crosswalks, but they must also fear the danger of intoxicated drivers.
When you are involved in an auto accident as a pedestrian, it can often lead to serious injury since pedestrians are not afforded the protections of seat-belts, airbags, and metal exteriors.
If this accident was the result of the reckless or negligent actions of another driver, you are entitled to seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering through a pedestrian accident personal injury claim.
At The Law Office of Fredson Statmore Bitterman, our attorneys have 50 years of experience helping clients to recover compensation in personal injury cases of all kinds, including pedestrian accident claims. With millions of dollars already recovered for our clients in verdicts and settlements across New Jersey, we have the track record of success you need in order to successfully resolve any personal injury matter.
What Do I Do if I Have Been Involved in a Pedestrian Accident?
As with any type of serious accident, there are two important steps to take in the aftermath, even if you believe you haven’t been injured.
The first step is to seek medical attention. This is for two reasons. One, many injuries do not manifest themselves immediately following an accident. For example, it can take an injury victim several days to discover injuries to the brain and the sooner you seek medical treatment for these injuries, the less damage they can potentially cause you.
Additionally, it is important to seek medical treatment following a pedestrian accident in order to preserve the strength of any potential personal injury claim you may have. The more time that passes between the accident and the discovery of any injuries, the harder it becomes for your personal injury lawyer to prove the link between the two.
The second important step to take following a pedestrian accident is to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer before giving any information to an insurance company. Insurance companies will often use your own words against you should you choose to pursue a personal injury claim, and it is important to have a solid understanding of your rights and options before speaking with the insurance company.
New Jersey Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Prove Fault
In order to recover compensation in a pedestrian accident injury case, you and your attorney must be able to prove that the responsible parties are, in fact, responsible. Sometimes this can be relatively straightforward, as many roads and intersections have cameras installed whose footage can be used to show reckless actions like speeding, running a stop sign or red light, or failing to yield to a pedestrian crosswalk which caused your accident and injuries.
Other times, the issue of fault may be much more in question. It is even possible for the injured party to be partially at fault themselves.
When this is the case, retaining the counsel of an experienced New Jersey pedestrian accident attorney can be critical to the success of your case, as the compensation you recover is reduced by the percentage of fault you are determined to have (known as comparative negligence). Additionally, if it is determined that you were more at fault than the other parties of the accident, your pedestrian accident claim will be dismissed entirely.
However, an experienced pedestrian accident attorney can help protect you from wrongly being assigned fault, and help you to ensure you recover the most compensation possible.
Contact Our New Jersey Pedestrian Accident Injury Attorneys Today
At The Law Office of Fredson Statmore Bitterman, our attorneys have 50 years of experience helping clients injured in pedestrian accidents throughout New Jersey.
Our firm believes in keeping our clients informed and involved throughout the legal process, as the more you know about your case and your options, the better we can work to secure you the outcome that meets your unique needs and concerns in any situation.
To speak with our firm today in a free and confidential consultation regarding your potential pedestrian accident injury case, please contact us online, or through our Bloomfield, NJ office at (973) 777-8600.