Union County Injury Lawyers Represent Pedestrian Accident Victims
Springfield firm pursues payment for people struck by cars while walking
The weight and force of an automobile can inflict severe harm when it strikes an unprotected person walking on a street or sidewalk. At PKM Personal Injury Lawyers in Springfield, our accomplished New Jersey attorneys battle on behalf of pedestrian accident victims so that they can obtain fair compensation through a verdict or settlement.
Dedicated attorneys handle all types of pedestrian collision cases
Most people associate pedestrian accidents with incidents where a person is hit by a car or truck while walking across a street. However, there are other types of situations where a motor vehicle runs into an unprotected individual. Many serious, and even deadly, collisions occur when someone pulls over and steps outside of their car on a highway due to engine trouble, a flat tire or some other problem. Cars that go out of control can careen into people who are standing on the sidewalk or eating at an outdoor café. In all of these cases, the victims could suffer devastating injuries, including broken bones, spinal cord damage, and traumatic brain injuries that change their lives forever.
Skillful litigators work to prove fault against careless motorists
Insurance companies and defense lawyers frequently try to the shift the blame to the victim in pedestrian accident cases. Given the potential for massive medical bills in these types of claims, even a verdict where the jury rules that the pedestrian was 20 percent at fault for the collision could lower the award by tens of thousands of dollars. Under New Jersey law, if a plaintiff is found to be more than 50 percent liable for their injury, they cannot recover compensation at all. That is why it is critical to retain an injury lawyer who is capable of analyzing the evidence and presenting a strong argument as to why the motorist is at fault.
Numerous factors can lead a motorist to strike someone who is walking, such as:
- Crosswalk violations — New Jersey drivers are required to stop when a pedestrian is in a marked crosswalk and yield if the pedestrian is in an unmarked crosswalk at an uncontrolled intersection. If a collision occurs, there is a presumption that the motorist did not use proper care.
- Distracted driving — When someone behind the wheel is distracted by their phone or something else, they might be looking for a car out of the corner of their eye, but could miss someone walking.
- Alcohol and drug impairment — Drunk or drug-impaired driving can make it harder to see someone on the road and slow a vehicle operator’s reaction time.
- Speeding and other traffic violations — It’s common in New Jersey to see cars speeding and passing through an intersection after the light has turned red, but one violation like this could change a pedestrian’s life forever.
Whether your case results from one these causes or something else, our seasoned litigators have the skill and determination to press for the compensation you deserve. Potential damages can include payment for medical expenses, replacement of lost income and compensation for the pain and suffering you endured.
Contact an experienced New Jersey pedestrian accident lawyer for a consultation
PKM Personal Injury Lawyers advocates on behalf of New Jersey clients who have been hurt in pedestrian accidents throughout the state. To discuss your case with a qualified attorney, please call 908-677-5012 or contact us online. Our office is in Springfield.