While usually, we associate the dangers of the road with driving, the fact is, walking can be just as dangerous. Even if you are behaving as a responsible pedestrian, there is still room for a potential accident. What’s more, if you are a pedestrian and were struck by a moving vehicle, there is a good chance your injuries are severe. There is nothing you can do to stop a moving vehicle, so if you were struck, you may qualify for financial compensation. If you were involved in a pedestrian accident, here are some of the questions you may have:
What are the main causes of pedestrian accidents?
Inclement weather conditions, such as sleet, heavy rain, or ice may cause a driver to slide off the road and into a pedestrian. Additionally, poor lighting and road conditions are also a contributing factor. However, driver negligence is the most common–yet most avoidable–cause of pedestrian accidents.
How do I know if I am entitled to compensation following a pedestrian accident?
The most important thing to know when determining whether or not you are entitled to compensation is if the other party is responsible for your injuries. If they were acting negligently in any way at the time of your accident, you will most likely be able to recover financial compensation. Here are some examples of driver negligence:
- Texting while driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Smoking, eating or navigating directions while driving
- Driving while drowsy or fatigued
- Disciplining children while driving
- Failing to comply with traffic lights or signs
- Disregarding other rules of the road
Is there anything I can do to help prove my claim?
Fortunately, there are several actions you may take in order to boost your chances of winning your personal injury claim. The most helpful means to prove your claim is via video or photographic evidence. If there were any security cameras nearby, you should do what you can to obtain this footage so you may use it to your advantage. Additionally, you should consult any witnesses of your accident and ask them for their contact information. The more people you can get to confirm your claim, the better. You must also seek medical attention after your accident. A medical professional will treat your injuries and will provide you with paperwork regarding the extent of your injuries. This may also help you prove your claim if need be. Lastly, you must be very careful about what you post on social media following a pedestrian accident. If the insurance companies see you post anything that may contradict your claim, there is a good chance they will use it against you.
Contact our New Jersey firm
If you or someone you know was involved in an accident and wish to speak with an experienced attorney, contact the legal team at McNerny & McAuliffe today.