New Jersey Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

Pedestrian Accident Injuries

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.

What Injuries Can a Pedestrian Sustain?

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 include:

  • Superficial cuts and bruises, lacerations, abrasions, scrapes, road rash, and other primarily external injuries;
  • Broken bones, deep cuts, or other internal injuries;
  • Sprained or torn ligaments;
  • Head injuries, ranging from cuts on the scalp to traumatic brain injuries or concussions;
  • Injuries to the back or neck, including spinal cord injuries;
  • Damage to nerves or vital organs;
  • Loss of body parts;
  • Paralysis; or
  • Death.

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.

Treatments an Injured Pedestrian May Need

Depending on the severity of their injuries, pedestrians hit by motor vehicles may require:

  • Emergency treatment and care, ranging from the cleansing and dressing of wounds to emergency surgical interventions at the scene;
  • Surgery or other invasive treatment procedures;
  • Setting of broken bones;
  • Counseling to overcome the psychological stress of the accident and its effects;
  • Rehabilitative therapies, including occupational and physical therapy;
  • Assistive support, which may include wheelchairs or other mobility devices, home health care, inpatient care in a rehab facility, or extensive hospitalization; or
  • Breathing or other life-sustaining support systems.

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.

What Can an Injured Pedestrian Do?

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.