When pedestrian accidents occur, they can be incredibly severe. These accidents can be caused by things like poor road conditions, inclement weather, faulty car parts, and more. But, the majority of accidents are caused by driver negligence. The most common examples of negligence include speeding, distracted driving, drowsy driving, driving while under the influence, and so on. It is important to note that pedestrians can also cause accidents by failing to use crosswalks, not looking both ways before crossing the street, or crossing while distracted. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Read on to learn more about pedestrian accidents in New Jersey.
What do I do if I am Injured in a Pedestrian Accident?
If you are injured due to another party’s negligence you may be entitled to recover compensation. In order to recover the compensation you need to heal, you will have to provide proof that this negligence occurred to cause your accident. As a result, it is important to take the following steps:
- Call 911: If you have been struck by a vehicle, there is a good chance you are seriously injured. The police can call an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, conduct chemical tests, obtain witness statements, and more.
- Document the scene: One of the most important things you can do is take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident.
- Obtain witness contacts: If anyone saw your accident occur, you should ask for their name and contact information, they may be able to corroborate your version of events, which can play a large role in a personal injury case.
- Seek medical attention: You should go to the hospital, even if you do not feel you have been seriously injured. It is possible to sustain an injury without realizing it, or sustain an injury that does not show symptoms until later on. Going to the hospital 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.
- Contact a personal injury attorney: An attorney may be able to obtain further proof of negligence, like security camera footage or police reports.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, reach out to our firm today.
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