When going for a walk or crossing the street, most people do not fully consider the dangers. Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents occur often and they can have devastating results. Read on to learn more about pedestrian accidents in New Jersey.
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
- 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 Provide Proof of Negligence?
In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to provide proof that this negligence occurred. You can do this in a number of ways. Some of the most important steps to take include:
- Call 911- The police can call an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, and more.
- Document the scene- Taking pictures and videos at the scene of the accident can play a major role in your case.
- Obtain witness contacts- If someone saw your accident occur, he or she may be able to corroborate your version of events later on.
- Seek medical attention- You should go to the hospital immediately after your accident occurs. This will ensure that your injuries are treated by a medical professional while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Before leaving, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
- Contact a personal injury attorney- An experienced attorney may be able to obtain further proof, including security camera footage, police reports, and more.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
When it comes to taking legal action, there is a deadline known as a statute of limitations. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is two years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within two years will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover compensation.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident in New Jersey, contact our firm today. We will fight for you to recover the compensation you deserve.
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