New Jersey motorists pose a serious and fatal threat to all pedestrians, but it wasn’t always like this. If we went back a hundred years ago, the threat of being struck by a car would never have existed at all. Because cars are heavy and threatening to the safety of pedestrians, and because pedestrians are far more vulnerable to getting hurt than motorists in a car crash, vehicle drivers are charged with the legal responsibility of avoiding pedestrians and giving them the right of way.
For the above reasons, pedestrians who are hurt in vehicle crashes may have the ability to seek financial compensation in court by holding the vehicle driver liable. In order to do so, most injured pedestrians will seek out the services of an experienced personal injury attorney. When approaching an attorney about a pedestrian accident case, here’s what the injured person should bring to the meeting:
— Police reports relating to the pedestrian accident.
— Copies of medical paper work, including medical reports, doctors’ bills, hospital bills, in-home heath services bills, physical rehabilitation bills, and receipts for other financial costs relating to one’s injuries.
— Insurance information, both related to your own medical insurance and the insurance of the driver who struck you.
— Photographs of the accident scene, roadways and/or intersection where the accident happened, your injuries and the car that struck you.
— Any other documents, information and photos that are potentially relevant to your case.
The more information you have available to provide your lawyer regarding your pedestrian accident the better. Even if it seems like it is insignificant, it best to provide the information as it will assist your lawyer evaluating your case. Do not worry if you do not have an important piece of information in your possession as your lawyer will likely be able to obtain it during the litigation of your case.
Have you been injured in a pedestrian versus car accident in New Jersey? By contacting a personal injury attorney, you can evaluate the facts of your case to determine the strength of your potential claim and what legal strategies may be employed to seek financial restitution and justice relating to your injuries.
Source: FindLaw, “Pedestrian Accidents FAQ,” accessed Nov. 16, 2016