With an increasing number of automobiles traveling the roads in Bergen County, New Jersey every day, pedestrians are an extremely vulnerable group. In fact, pedestrian-motor vehicle accidents in New Jersey occur at a rate that is higher than the national average. If a driver hits you with a motor vehicle and you are following the law as a pedestrian, you may have a legal right to seek compensation through a personal injury claim and, if you have lost a loved one in this manner, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim. The Reinartz Law Firm provides aggressive and experienced legal counsel to victims of pedestrian-motor vehicle accidents in and around Hackensack, New Jersey.
About Pedestrian Accident Law in Hackensack / Bergen County
New Jersey law requires that drivers yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in intersections and crosswalks when pedestrians are legally crossing the road. A NJ driver is also required to come to a full stop at a crosswalk if a pedestrian is in the roadway. However, a pedestrian must legally yield the right of way to a vehicle when there is no crosswalk. This, however, does not excuse a driver who strikes a pedestrian when the driver fails to exercise due care, behaves negligently or acts recklessly.
Pedestrian injuries and fatalities can occur when a pedestrian is hit in a crosswalk, sideswiped by a car, struck when exiting a car or bus, hit in a parking lot or involved in a collision with a vehicle. The injuries can be very serious, and pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to die in these types of accidents than are car occupants. Some of the typical injuries that occur in these accidents are:
- Cuts and Lacerations
- Neck Injuries
- Back Injuries
- Spinal Injuries
- Head Injuries and Brain Damage
- Wrongful Death
Injured pedestrians may be eligible for Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance benefits under their own auto insurance policy, or the policy of the offending vehicle or driver. PIP is a no-fault form of insurance that provides immediate medical and other benefits immediately following an accident. To recover additional compensation for damages, a separate claim may be brought against the negligent motorist who hit the pedestrian and the owner of the motor vehicle.
How The Reinartz Law Firm Can Help
The Reinartz Law Firm has many years of experience representing pedestrians who have been wrongfully injured by negligent drivers. Our firm will review the police reports, witness statements, medical records, and all other available documentation to determine your rights and the best course of action. We will communicate with all involved insurance companies on your behalf and handle all pre-suit negotiations to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. If necessary, we will file a formal lawsuit on your behalf and pursue the case in court.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian automobile accident, the Reinartz Law Firm, Hackensack, NJ Pedestrian Accident Lawyers can help. Call us at (201) 289-8614 or schedule a free initial consultation online.