In 2019, more than 6,500 pedestrians died in pedestrian accidents, the highest number in 30 years.
While some pedestrian accidents involve severe injuries and even fatalities, the majority result in no injuries or minor injuries. Some of the most common injuries include:
- Bone Fractures
- Brain Injuries
- Neck Injuries
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Spinal Injuries
Our pedestrian accident lawyers at the Law Firm of Sadaka Associates will help you seek the best possible compensation from at-fault drivers and their insurance companies to help you deal with oncoming medical expenses.
If you were injured in a pedestrian accident or lost a loved one, get in touch with our experienced pedestrian accident lawyers for a free initial no-obligation consultation by calling 1-800-810-3457 or filling the online form below.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents are common in the Garden State, with most pedestrian accident deaths occurring in urban settings. Some common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Aggressive driving
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Failure to obey traffic laws and signals
- Poor night vision
- Poor road and weather conditions
- Reckless pedestrian behavior
- Turning vehicles
Our pedestrian accident lawyers at the Law Firm of Sadaka Associates are dedicated to helping victims of pedestrian accidents. They will do their very best to pursue justice and secure adequate compensation for our clients.
We recognize the life-changing injuries resulting from these accidents, so let us help you launch a successful injury claim that will help you manage the expensive medical care and rehabilitation to come.
Are You a Victim of a Pedestrian Accident? Here's What to Do
Even if you don’t typically walk, you’re a pedestrian each time you set foot on the road. However, sometimes these accidents are unavoidable, and you need to know what to do.
If you’re in a pedestrian accident, stop and take stock of what has happened. Check your physical condition to ascertain your injuries, and if you can’t move without further injuring yourself, wait for assistance from the emergency services to arrive.
Even if the pedestrian accident is minor, ensure that you also call 9-1-1 and the police. New Jersey law requires that you report accidents involving death, injury, or property damage of over $500.
If you can, gather witness information and statements before leaving the scene, and try to get their contact information. Take or have someone take accident scene photos with a smartphone that shows the damage and other factors that might help prove your case.
It would be best if you visited an emergency care facility or hospital immediately following an accident. Do not neglect to seek immediate medical attention, because some injuries are not immediately apparent, and your condition could worsen with time. If you wait to see a doctor, it may also be challenging to prove that your injuries result from the pedestrian accident.
Finally, call a pedestrian accident lawyer to help you reach a satisfactory settlement to cover costs for the long-term treatment of injuries, lost wages, and other related expenses.
If you’re looking for a New Jersey pedestrian accident lawyer, the Law Firm of Sadaka Associates is here to help. Call us at 1-800-810-3457 to schedule a free initial consultation to launch your case for the compensation you need after a pedestrian accident.
Hiring a New Jersey Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
After you’ve been in a pedestrian accident, our experienced pedestrian accident lawyers can help you understand your legal rights and avoid being duped by insurance companies.
We advise that you never assume fault if you have been struck by a vehicle while crossing the road on foot. The driver who hit you could have been distracted, speeding, drunk, or trying to beat a red light, and therefore be at fault.
We will investigate the accident, talk to witnesses, and gather the appropriate evidence before it is lost. Our lawyers will also identify all liable parties and the insurance policies available for compensation. Finally, our attorneys will also develop a full-value estimate of your claim and negotiate with at-fault drivers’ insurers for maximum compensation.
The Law Firm of Sadaka Associates does not charge fees unless your claim is successful. Please call our attorneys at 1-800-810-3457 or fill in your information on our online form for a no-obligation free consultation.
Pedestrian Accidents in New Jersey – What You Should Know
In New Jersey, recent statistics show that pedestrian accident fatalities increased 3% from 2017 and account for 17% of all accident fatalities. Although pedestrian fatalities were 16% lower in 2018 than in 1975 when records began, they have increased 53% since reaching their lowest point in 2009.
These recent statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute (IIHS-HLDI) also show that:
- 6,283 pedestrian died in pedestrian accidents in 2018
- 22% of pedestrian deaths occurred in hit-and-run accidents.
- 26% of pedestrian deaths occurred in crashes between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., and 24% occurred between 9 p.m. and midnight.
- 42% of pedestrians aged 16 and older who died in nighttime (9 p.m. to 6 a.m.) accidents had blood alcohol concentrations at or above 0.08%.
- 51% of pedestrian deaths occurred on roads with speed limits of 40 mph or less in urban areas, while in rural areas, the percentage was 16%.
- 62% of pedestrian deaths occurred on roads other than interstate highways and freeways.
- 81% of pedestrian deaths occurred in urban areas, up from 59% in 1975 when records began.
- From 1975 to 2018, the pedestrian death rate for people aged 70+ years declined by 73%.
- From 1975 to 2018, the rate of pedestrian deaths per 100,000 population decreased by 46%.
- From 1995 to 2018, the pedestrian death rate for children aged 0-12 years decreased by 92%.
- Pedestrian deaths (10%) were most frequent in October, November, and December.
- The largest percentage of pedestrian deaths (16%) occurred on Fridays and Saturdays.
New Jersey Pedestrian Accident FAQs
In the state of New Jersey, in an accident, the injured person’s ability to receive damages depends on who was at fault.
New Jersey follows the Comparative Negligence Rule. If the injured person is more than 51% at-fault, they cannot receive damages for injuries resulting from a pedestrian accident. If the case goes to trial, the judge or jury will look at the evidence to determine how much fault each party bears.
- Current and future medical treatment
- Long-term rehabilitation
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of present and future wages
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
- Scarring, disfigurement, and loss of body function
Some pedestrian accident victims make the mistake of speaking to an insurance claims adjuster representing the at-fault driver. Unfortunately, doing this could hurt your claim.
If you have been in a pedestrian accident, consult an experienced New Jersey pedestrian accident lawyer skilled at handling these situations and negotiating with insurance companies. Never take it upon yourself to answer any questions from the truck driver’s representatives.
Call the pedestrian accident lawyers at Sadaka Associates at 1-800-810-3457 or use our online form to receive a free no-risk consultation.
Yes, the time limit to file most injury claims for any New Jersey accident is two years.
However, if the injured pedestrian was under 18 when the accident occurred, they may have until age 20 to file a claim. That’s why it is vital that you promptly consult an experienced New Jersey pedestrian lawyer to start working on your behalf immediately and increase the chances of your claim being successful.