Morris County, NJ Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Pedestrian Injury Attorneys Morristown – Helping Victims Across New Jersey
After several decades of suburban community growth across America, our communities have become much more reliant on cars for transportation. However, there is a shift occurring back towards a more pedestrian, small-town feel in our communities. In fact realtors often tout neighborhoods based on their “walkscore,” with higher walkability neighborhoods becoming more attractive to residents of all ages. Thus, it should not be a surprise that, while auto accidents have seen a downward decline, the rate of pedestrian accidents and wrongful deaths has gone up in recent years.
Being struck by a motor vehicle of any kind can have devastating consequences on your life. Injuries sustained can effect your ability to work both in the short term and in the long, and medical expenses in the US are at an all time high. There is hope however. The law offices of Smith & Doran have 40 years of experience defending the victims accidents of all kinds. We believe in always maintaining an open line of communication with our clients, and we understand the stakes involved with a life-changing accident. If you have been harmed by another’s negligence or poor judgement, contact us online today or through our Morristown, NJ offices at 973-261-6254.
What to Do After Being Involved in a Pedestrian Accident Parsippany, NJ
A pedestrian accident is a serious matter. No matter how sever you think the accident may be, you should always seek immediate medical attention following the accident. Being hit by a car or truck can cause internal bleeding, which may not be immediately apparent to the victim, but can be a fatal injury. Additionally the shock and adrenaline rush experienced following an accident can mask symptoms of pain indicative of serious injury until much later.
It is common for accident victims to be worried about medical expenses, and who will be responsible for them. This can understandably deter people from obtaining medical care, but this is why it is highly recommended that you seek experienced personal injury legal counsel from the onset, as they can help you to ensure that your best interests are always protected. A personal injury lawyer will work with you to determine where the fault of the accident lies, and who is responsible for the costs associated with your injuries.
Additionally, following an accident you may be asked by the driver or the driver’s insurance company to sign a waiver. As a rule of thumb you should consult with an attorney before waiving your rights, an agreement of this sort is almost never in your favor.
Who is at fault in Pedestrian Accidents? Morristown Law Firm Can Help
As is the case with any accident, legal responsibility must be assigned to a party or individual. Sometimes fault must be proven in court, even in pedestrian accidents, it is possible for the pedestrian to be the responsible party! If the fault for an accident is in doubt, or being contested, having a personal injury lawyer can be crucial, as they will have experience questioning and interviewing eyewitnesses, find holes in the stories of the liable party, and be able to prove that your accident was not your fault.
Other times fault can be quite clear, if there is video evidence or the guilty party admits to their actions. But it is important to remember that even if the driver who caused your injury is convicted in criminal court, you still have to win a civil case to receive any kind of compensation.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics NJ
In 2013, there were 4,735 pedestrian deaths in the United States. Of those, 92 percent of the pedestrians who died were killed in traffic crashes involving a single vehicle. Alcohol was involved in 49 percent of the deaths, although it should be noted that this includes situations where either the driver of the car or the pedestrian was intoxicated. Of those pedestrians killed in traffic crashes, 69% of the victims were male, suggesting there may be action on the part of the pedestrians (e.g. risky jaywalking) leading to the accidents. A full one-fifth of all pedestrians killed in automobile crashes involved hit-and-run drivers. Pedestrian deaths were also more than three times more likely to occur at non-intersections than at intersections, and 72% of pedestrian deaths occurred while it was dark outside. In New Jersey in 2013, there were 1.45 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 persons, which is just around the national average of 1.50 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 persons.
Based on the above statistics it is important to remember that while drivers must take precautions to avoid hitting pedestrians, especially in highly-populated areas like town centers and large parking lots, pedestrians must also take care to avoid accidents. Pedestrians should only cross streets at designated crosswalks and should be extra vigilant in watching for cars and trucks when walking at night or when alcohol has been consumed.
Contact an Experienced Morristown, NJ Pedestrian Accident Attorney
A pedestrian who has been injured by a vehicle should promptly consult with a lawyer to determine what rights he or she has in being compensated for injuries by the driver and the insurance company (and the driver’s employer if the driver was on the job at the time of the accident). An experienced lawyer can find out who is liable for a pedestrian’s injuries (including employers and insurance companies) and prevent the blame for the accident from being unfairly pinned on the pedestrian.
Robert A. Smith of Smith & Doran is a Certified Civil Trial Attorney. This means that he specializes in civil court cases, including accident and injury cases of any kind. It is an accolade given by the New Jersey Supreme Court to only 2% of the active lawyers in the state. His fellow lawyers have also accorded him the highest possible Martindale Hubbel rating of AV® Preeminent in recognition of his excellent legal knowledge, communication skills, and ethical standards. Bob Smith prides himself on providing personal but professional legal counsel, and he believes open and honest communication with his clients is the key to building a long-lasting partnership based on trust.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact us online or through our Morristown, NJ office by phone at 973-261-6254 today to schedule your cost-free consultation.