Being hit by a car while crossing the streets of New Jersey can result in life-altering and often fatal injuries. Entire families can be turned upside down as they face unexpected costs for medical care and caregivers, a sudden loss of income, and a completely different way of life. In tragic cases, they must learn how to live without a key member of their family.
While no amount of money can undo the past, it may help ensure you and your family have access to the care and resources you need to rebuild and live as comfortably as possible in the aftermath of an accident. In some cases, injured pedestrians may be able to recover compensation by filing a lawsuit against the relevant drivers.
If you or a loved one were injured after being struck by a car, schedule a free legal consultation with the New Jersey pedestrian accident lawyers at Shulman & Hill. We can review the details of your accident to see if you may qualify to pursue legal action.
How Often Do Pedestrian Accidents Happen in New Jersey?
New Jersey ranks 19th in the country for most pedestrian deaths, with 175 reported fatalities in 2019. In the first half of 2022, through June, the New Jersey Fatal Accident Unit reports that there were 65 pedestrian deaths in the state.
Areas of the state, particularly Northern New Jersey, saw a spike in pedestrian accidents between 2020 and 2021, possibly because more people stayed at home during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Essex New Jersey reported 55 pedestrian fatalities, a significant increase from 14 deaths in 2020 and 18 in 2019.
According to the CDC, in the United States, every 75 minutes a pedestrian dies after being struck by a motor vehicle.
What Are the Most Dangerous Roads for New Jersey Pedestrians?
Some New Jersey intersections are more dangerous than others for walkers. Below are the streets that have reported the most pedestrian fatalities in the last decade.
- Lemoine Avenue: Fort Lee
- Essex Street: Hackensack
- Valley Road: Wayne
- River Street: Hackensack
- Route 3 East: East Rutherford
- River Street: Hackensack
- Cedar Lane: Teaneck
- Main Street: Patterson
Each of the roads listed above reported at least four pedestrian deaths in the last ten years.
Common Injuries After Being Hit By a Car
Being struck by a vehicle, even if it is moving slowly, can result in serious injuries. You are much more likely to suffer from severe injuries if you are walking than if you are in a vehicle when an accident occurs. The CDC reports that pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to die than a driver or occupant of a vehicle.
Here are some of the most common types of injuries pedestrians may face after an accident in New Jersey:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Cuts, lacerations
- Soft tissue injuries
These injuries can permanently affect an individual’s life. Paralysis, limited mobility, chronic pain, cognitive issues, and more are all possible consequences of being injured in a pedestrian accident.
Can I File a New Jersey Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit?
If a driver hit you or your loved one while they were crossing the street or near the road, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit and hold them financially accountable for the losses you have suffered as a result of the accident.
A pedestrian accident lawsuit can help you recover compensation for the following:
- Pain and suffering: Chronic pain and permanent injuries may prevent you from enjoying the activities you once did. While money cannot eliminate pain and remove lifestyle restrictions, it can help you live more comfortably. Pain and suffering are not losses that should ever be overlooked.
- Medical expenses: This includes past emergency care as well as ongoing and future expenses for medical care, surgeries, medications, physical therapy, and more.
- Loss in income: Serious injuries can prevent you from working temporarily or indefinitely. This sudden loss in earnings may be recovered in a successful lawsuit.
Am I Eligible to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit After a Pedestrian Fatality?
If you tragically lost a loved one in a New Jersey pedestrian accident, you may be able to pursue justice by filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault driver.
A successful wrongful death lawsuit can help families recover compensation for funeral and memorial expenses as well as loss of financial support and parental guidance if the deceased had children who were minors. By pursuing legal action, you can help hold reckless drivers accountable for their actions and send a message to others that unsafe driving should never be tolerated.
Contact a New Jersey Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one were injured in a crash with a motor vehicle, contact the pedestrian accident lawyers at Shulman & Hill today.
Our New Jersey attorneys can help investigate the cause of your accident, compile evidence against the potentially at-fault parties, and file a lawsuit on your behalf. Our injury lawyers will fight for the maximum amount of compensation possible to help you move forward. Shulman & Hill has successfully recovered more than $250 million for injured clients to date making us uniquely qualified to fight on your behalf.
Contact us today to schedule your free legal consultation. It costs nothing upfront to hire us. If we do not recover compensation for you, you owe us nothing.