NJ Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Represent People Struck by Cars
Pedestrian accident attorneys in Ridgewood serving northern New Jersey
A pedestrian is injured by a car or truck approximately every eight minutes nationwide. With its busy streets and often-hurried drivers, New Jersey walkers and runners face an enhanced risk. Even with safety efforts launched by the state, defenseless pedestrians are still being struck regularly. Located in Ridgewood, Seigel Law is solely devoted to recovering compensation for injured pedestrians and other accident victims in Bergen, Passaic, Essex and Hudson counties.
Firm helping pedestrian accident injury victims recover damages since 1976
Since we began our practice in 1976, our team has witnessed the devastation that results when someone is hit by a New Jersey driver. Whether your accident occurred in Hackensack, Fair Lawn, Teaneck, Garfield, Fort Lee, Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth, Clifton or anywhere else in North Jersey, we are determined to hold the motorist who injured you or your child responsible.
Common causes of pedestrian accidents
Each motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian is unique, but many of these serious incidents are caused by:
- Visibility issues — Roads with no streetlights, old headlights and victims in dark clothes can all contribute to a serious pedestrian accident.
- Driver distractions — No one should be concentrating on their cell phone, meal or other distractions while behind the wheel. Though a motorist who is focused somewhere else might detect another vehicle due to its size or noise, a walker is much harder for a distracted driver to identify.
- Construction — There are several ways that road repairs might lead to a pedestrian accident. Drivers might be paying attention to the work being done rather than someone crossing in front of them. In other cases, a motorist could strike a construction worker or fail to take a detour as directed by the signs.
- Moving violations — A driver who speeds, fails to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk or drives recklessly puts people around them at risk.
- Left turns — Approximately one quarter of collisions between cars and people walking occur when the vehicle is making a left turn.
No matter what conditions exist, motorists are legally bound to keep their attention on the road and operate their vehicle safely. When they act irresponsibly and strike someone walking, jogging or running, we press for an appropriate resolution.
Common pedestrian accident injuries
Pedestrian accidents inflict a wide range of injuries on victims, including:
- Bone breaks and fractures
- Nerve and spinal damage, including paralysis
- Ligament and muscle trauma
- Abrasions and blood loss
- Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries
- Loss of sight, hearing and other bodily functions
Negligent drivers have insurance companies and lawyers ready to back them up. Don’t hesitate to get the legal support you need to counter their defenses and press for a favorable result.
Why you need a lawyer for a pedestrian accident case
Victims of pedestrian accidents can collect standard personal injury damages, such as:
- Medical costs
- Lost income
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Cost of home and vehicle modifications
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
- Loss of ability to enjoy life
In addition to those tangible damages, you can also be compensated for your:
After thoroughly reviewing the circumstances in your case, we’ll advise you on what you can expect and get right to work on pursuing the payment you deserve.
Skillful advocates aid victims of 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 legal options even if the driver lacks sufficient insurance coverage or 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 local government or other third parties for negligent actions that contributed to your traffic accident
Contact a North Jersey pedestrian accident lawyer to schedule a free consultation
Seigel Law advocates on behalf of New Jersey pedestrians who have been struck by a vehicle. Our firm is located in Ridgewood and serves clients in Passaic, Bergen, Essex and Hudson counties. For a free initial consultation, please call us at 201-444-4000 or contact us online. We don’t collect attorney’s fees unless you receive payment through verdict or settlement. If you cannot travel to our office, we can meet in your home or hospital room.