Vineland Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Pedestrian Accidents in South Jersey
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), any person involved in a car crash while not in a car, on a bike, or riding a horse is a “pedestrian.” That means that even if you were jogging or sitting down at the time of your accident, your case was technically a “pedestrian accident,” and the information here may pertain to you.
Every year, nearly 1,000 pedestrians are fatally injured by automobiles in the United States. Countless more suffer life-altering injuries. And New Jersey has the distinction of consistently ranking as one of the most dangerous states for pedestrians. In order to improve safety, in 2010 lawmakers enacted a law requiring drivers to come to a full stop for pedestrians in marked crosswalks. This means that even if the motorist who hit you claims that you suddenly walked in front of their vehicle, they still may be liable for your injuries—and you may be entitled to compensation.
What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident in Vineland
Pedestrian accidents are often the most dangerous types of accidents, because people on foot are completely vulnerable. If you have been struck by a vehicle, it is critical to seek medical care right away. If you have been struck by a slow-moving car, or do not think that your injuries are severe, it is still important to seek immediate medical attention. Often, the adrenaline rush you experience as a result of your accident can mask symptoms. With some injuries, the symptoms do not become apparent for weeks. Early treatment is key to a complete and quick recovery. It also can help you preserve your claim. If you do not seek medical attention immediately, the motorist or their insurer may argue that you could not have been seriously injured.
Contact the police and auto insurance providers. Exchange contact information with the motorist, and avoid talking extensively with them. Do not admit fault or apologize, even if you feel that you may have contributed to the accident.
In addition to seeking medical treatment and collecting information, speak to a Vineland pedestrian accident lawyer as soon as you are able. Time is of the essence, particularly in hit and run accidents where investigators must track down the offending motorist. There is also a statute of limitations, and if you wait too long you can jeopardize your claim. It is crucial to start building your case right away. Your recovery should be your only priority. The experienced lawyers at Rone & Kowalski, LLC can handle the rest.
Common Pedestrian Injuries
Some injuries our seasoned team of pedestrian lawyers have most often encountered over the years include:
- Broken and fractured bones
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Skull fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
- Herniated discs
- Amputated limbs
- Organ damage
- Nerve damage
- Torn ligaments and musculoskeletal damage
- Severe lacerations and bruising
- Internal bleeding
Legal Rights of Pedestrians
Drivers must yield to pedestrians who are legally crossing at intersections or who are in marked crosswalks. The law also requires drivers to come to a complete stop when pedestrians are on the roadway—regardless of whether or not they are walking in a crosswalk. This does not mean that pedestrians can dart out in front of traffic, however. But if they do, drivers must use appropriate caution.
Unfortunately, many pedestrians involved in accidents are pressured into settling quickly with the insurance company. Often, they are left with medical bills, vocational rehabilitation, and psychological trauma that requires counseling. Many pedestrians do not realize that they have the option to seek compensation in court.
Vineland Pedestrian Accident Lawyers at Rone & Kowalski, LLC Fight for Victims of Pedestrian Accidents in South Jersey
If you or someone you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you know that the injury can be catastrophic. The mounting medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and psychological trauma that pedestrian victims experience can be life changing. To speak with one of the experienced Vineland pedestrian accident lawyers at Rone & Kowalski, LLC, call us at 609-476-4044 x 203 or contact us online. With offices located in Milmay, New Jersey, we serve residents of Vineland, Bridgeton, Millville, Buena Vista, Maurice River Township, Upper Deerfield Township, Greenwich Township, Stow Creek Township, and Cumberland County.