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New Jersey Crosswalk Accidents

By Lependorf & Silverstein on August 23, 2016

In New Jersey, pedestrians frequently use crosswalks to commute, exercise, and get across town every day. Confident that drivers are aware of their presence, an unfortunate amount of these pedestrians fall victim to accidents involving negligent drivers. Negligent driving occurs when a driver is not paying attention, or fails to take necessary steps to drive safely. Because cars can so easily injure these vulnerable pedestrians, strict laws are in place to protect the health and rights of people crossing the street.

New Jersey car accidents involving crosswalks and pedestrians can have devastating consequences. Common injuries that occur when a pedestrian is struck by a car include broken bones, blunt force trauma, concussions, severe bruising, whiplash, paralysis, and even death. Recovery from serious injuries like this can be drastic and life changing for the victims. Sometimes extensive surgery, prolonged medical treatment, and physical therapy befall the victims, impeding on their ability to return to their daily routines and occupations. Other conditions like paralysis and amputations cause permanent, painful, and costly effects to the lives of victims and their loved ones.

There can be many causes for accidents like these. Situations where the driver is speeding, running a red light, swerving, driving erratically, driving while distracted or intoxicated, among other things, are all grounds for a lawsuit. Sometimes fault does not fall on the driver, but on other factors. Faulty road signs, damaged pavement, impeded visibility, or mechanical issues have all caused pedestrian accidents as well. Circumstances like these can place responsibility on the transportation authority, local government, or auto manufacturers, any of which can be held liable and required to compensate the victim for damages.

The experienced New Jersey crosswalk accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. are seasoned at assuring that victims are properly compensated. The laws are meant to protect victims like these, but there is a statute of limitations. For this reason, victims are encouraged to seek legal aid with urgency, so that they don’t miss their opportunity to be recompensed. If you or someone you know were the victims of an accident, or have questions about personal injury cases like these, the lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. are happy to offer you a free consultation. Contact their offices now at (609) 240-0040 and protect your rights.

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