New Jersey Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Over 110,000 pedestrians are injured each year in the United States and approximately 60,000 people die from those injuries. Almost half of all deaths resulting from pedestrian accidents occur between 3:00 and 4:00 PM—when children typically are returning home from school. Children and the elderly are most at risk of being injured in pedestrian accidents, and injuries caused by negligent drivers account for the majority of catastrophic injuries and death.
At Aiello Harris Abate, Law Group PC, we handle pedestrian accident cases in New Jersey and use our skills and resources to fight for people who are in no position to fight for themselves.
Negligent Actions And Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents can result from a variety of negligent actions, including:
- An inattentive or preoccupied driver (using a cell phone, eating, etc.)
- A driver’s failure to observe posted speed limits
- A driver’s failure to yield the right of way to pedestrians at a marked crosswalk
- A driver negligently turning at an intersection
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Protecting Client’s Rights
Aiello, Harris, Abate is committed to protecting our clients’ rights and has repeatedly demonstrated our ability to succeed in the most challenging and complex pedestrian accident cases.
Whether the accident occurs at a school crossing, a busy intersection, or near a jogging trail, pedestrians who are hit by motor vehicles must prove that the driver was negligent, and that it was their negligence that caused the accident, in order to make a successful claim. And while the very nature of a pedestrian accident (3,000 pound car versus unprotected pedestrian) suggests that the driver would ultimately be responsible, pedestrians must also adhere to the laws of the road.
Regardless of this fact, you can feel confident in the ability of our experienced attorneys and staff to undertake difficult cases and prevail — convincing skeptics of the merits of a claim via credible, trustworthy evidence and objective test findings.
Insurance Coverage Issues
Another thing to be aware of is that under New Jersey law, pedestrians may be entitled to have their medical bills paid by their automobile insurance company if struck by a motor vehicle. Under New Jersey’s “no-fault” statute and the personal injury protection (PIP) coverage drivers are required to purchase, your automobile insurance company is generally responsible for the payment of the medical bills regardless of fault.
However, in order to establish a medical claim with your automobile insurance company, you must promptly notify the company of the accident and complete necessary paperwork. If this is not done, the claim may be denied.