Anytime a pedestrian–motor vehicle accident occurs, the pedestrian is going to suffer worse injuries. Approximately 1,000 pedestrians are killed in traffic accidents in the United States annually.
Pedestrian accidents occur due to a variety of factors, especially driver error. Weather conditions, compromised vision due to road conditions, traffic patterns, and the behavior of other drivers can all contribute to pedestrian accidents. Poorly marked crosswalks or drivers who are not familiar with right-of-way laws can also lead to these devastating accidents.
Depending on the vehicle driver’s rate of speed, the angle and point of impact, whether any sort of secondary impact occurs, and where and how the pedestrian lands; injuries can range from:
The sad reality is that because pedestrians have no external protection against a motor vehicle, they suffer the majority of the injuries sustained in the impact.
Depending on the severity of their injuries, pedestrians hit by motor vehicles may require:
Obviously, the costs of treatments can vary widely, but the reality is that the costs will be significant. This doesn’t even take into account the external costs, such as lost wages, lost opportunities, and loss of enjoyment of life.
It is, indeed, a pedestrian’s job to watch out for cars. It is also a driver’s duty to take reasonable precautions to protect pedestrians on the road. Regardless of the reason for the accident, if a pedestrian is injured, he or she should first seek medical attention and then talk to a NJ personal injury attorney as soon as possible to protect his or her rights.
At Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari, we’ve won more personal injury settlements and verdicts than any other firm in New Jersey. We will advise and counsel you on your legal rights and responsibilities. Contact us at (973) 635-5400 if you or someone you love suffered injuries in a pedestrian–motor vehicle accident. We can discuss and evaluate your case with you, so call us today.
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