Helping injury victims in our community since 1976
Nationwide, approximately 70,000 pedestrians were injured — 4,280 of them fatally — in traffic-related crashes in 2010. This means that a pedestrian was killed just about every two hours and injured approximately every eight minutes. These statistics highlight the dangers to walkers and runners across the country.
Seigel Law is solely devoted to injury recovery in our communities of Ridgewood, Hackensack, Fair Lawn, Teaneck, Garfield, Fort Lee, Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth and Clifton. Since we began our practice in 1976, our team has witnessed the devastating effects of being hit by a car on our New Jersey roadways. We help you hold the driver who injured you or your child responsible.
Rate of pedestrian deaths in New Jersey is high
At 25 percent, New Jersey has one of the highest rates of pedestrian deaths to number of total auto accident fatalities in the country. Children and senior citizens are most at risk of being struck by a car. In an effort to rid the state of this undesirable distinction, the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety has implemented a comprehensive pedestrian safety program that includes:
- Education of pedestrians and drivers
- Enforcement of pedestrian and driving laws
- Engineering of pedestrian-friendly roadways
The program emphasizes the message that pedestrian safety is a shared responsibility between drivers and the pedestrians themselves.
Hit-and-run pedestrian accidents
A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) evaluation reports that 20 percent of pedestrian traffic deaths resulted from hit-and-run accidents. Leaving the scene of an accident is not only unethical, but it is also illegal. Yet, drivers who are drunk, uninsured or reckless may believe they can get away with fleeing troublesome circumstances. Many of these hit-and-run drivers are caught and brought to justice.
However, you have options even if the driver is never apprehended. Your auto insurance policy may cover your injuries, just as it would if you were in another type of motor vehicle accident. You may also have a claim against the city or other third party for negligent actions that contributed to your traffic accident.
Protect your rights to recover compensation after a pedestrian accident in New Jersey
Seigel Law concentrates exclusively on personal injury recovery. Call our law firm at 201.444.4000 or contact us online to schedule your free first-time consultation. From our office in Ridgewood, we help pedestrians injured in Passaic, Bergen, Essex and Hudson County, and throughout northern New Jersey. Our lawyers visit you in your home or at the hospital if your injuries prevent you from traveling to our office. You owe us no attorney fees unless we recover damages through verdict or settlement.