Due to a rise in distracted driving, pedestrians are at an increased risk of suffering serious injuries in crashes. If you suffer an injury in a pedestrian accident in New Jersey, then it is important to know how to proceed. For example, one of the most important steps is to determine who is liable for your injuries. Fortunately, our New Jersey pedestrian accident lawyers can help with this and get you the money you need to recover.
More often than not, the driver of the vehicle is at fault after a pedestrian accident in New Jersey. Therefore, drivers have a responsibility to operate their vehicles safely and watch for pedestrians. This responsibility means that they have a duty of care to stay alert and not drive distracted. Also, pedestrians have a duty of care to use crosswalks and look both ways before crossing.
When establishing liability, your attorney will gather and review the evidence. This includes accident reports, medical data, eyewitness accounts and accident scene photos, if available. Also, your attorney may use accident reconstruction teams to learn more about your accident.
Unfortunately, insurance companies often do not play fair when handling pedestrian accident claims. They may attempt to pressure you into signing a quick settlement by presenting you with a low offer. Of course, they could also attempt to pin some or all of the blame back onto you, the pedestrian, and even deny your claim.
What Steps Should I Take After a Pedestrian Accident in New Jersey?
Before determining who is liable, there are other steps you should take immediately after an accident. For example, there is sometimes little you can do at the accident scene except ask for help. Thus, you should always call 911 after a pedestrian accident. The police and emergency medical teams will arrive at your location and begin assessing the damage and treating your injuries. However, even if you do not think that you are badly injured, it is best to receive a thorough medical examination. Many serious injuries, such as traumatic brain injury or internal bleeding, can take hours to become known.
Also, try to take photos on your cell phone of the accident scene, along with your injuries and damage to the vehicle that caused the accident. If there are any witnesses, then ask them to use their cell phone and take photos and text them to you, if possible, so you have the witnesses’ contact information.
At the accident scene, the police will conduct a preliminary investigation and fill out their report. This report will include information about the damages, as well as liability. As such, the police report is an invaluable tool when seeking compensation after a pedestrian accident in New Jersey.
Once you are able, it is important to call one of our experienced New Jersey pedestrian accident attorneys. Our lawyers will begin to investigate your accident aggressively. This will help us build a solid case. Also, we know what insurance companies can pay and will not stop until we get you the money you deserve.
Contact a New Jersey Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Are you badly hurt after a pedestrian accident in New Jersey? If so, then a New Jersey pedestrian accident lawyer will meet with you and discuss your case personally. At Rosner Law Offices, P.C., our caring and compassionate lawyers understand that you face an uphill battle after a pedestrian accident. We want to help take some of these burdens off of your shoulders. Contact us today at (856) 692-6500 or fill out our confidential contact form to schedule a free consultation. You can also text us with your information for a prompt response.