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We are taught from a young age to look both ways before crossing the street and to be wary of cars when we walk. When we began driving, we were taught to look out for pedestrians. For the most part, both drivers and pedestrians are vigilant, but when walkers and vehicles must share the road, accidents are bound to occur. As a result, it is important to know how accidents are caused and what to do if an injury occurs. Read on for more information regarding pedestrian accidents in New Jersey.

What are the Most Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents?

Pedestrian accidents can be caused for any number of reasons. Many accidents are caused by inclement weather such as snow or ice. Other accidents are caused by hazardous road conditions and reduced visibility. Accidents can even be caused by faulty car parts. But, for the most part, pedestrian accidents are due to driver or pedestrian negligence. 

How do I know if I am Entitled to Compensation Following a Pedestrian Accident?

If your accident was caused due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Some of the most common examples of driver negligence include:

  • Texting while driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Speeding
  • 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

How Can I Recover Compensation?

In order to recover compensation, you will have to prove that negligence occurred. You can do this by taking photos and videos of the scene of the accident. Additionally, you should obtain the contact information of the driver and any bystanders who witnessed the accident occur. You will also want to call 911 and seek medical attention. Lastly, you should retain the help of a dedicated personal injury attorney. An attorney may be able to gather further evidence such as security camera footage and police reports.

If you or a loved one is injured in a pedestrian accident as a result of negligence, contact our firm today. We want to help you recover the compensation you deserve.


Here at McNerney & McAuliffe, we understand how confusing certain legal matters can be, which is why we are here to provide clients from all walks of life with the experienced, compassionate legal guidance they need. If you require the legal assistance of an attorney to help you through a criminal law matter, personal injury matter, family law matter, or otherwise, you can turn to us. Contact McNerney & McAuliffe today to learn more about what we can do for you.

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