Today, pedestrian car accidents happen most often when a driver is distracted or being careless. These crashes can result in severe injuries or fatalities. Medical care is always the top priority. Once the victim is in a stable condition, an experienced lawyer can help you find who’s at fault.
Medical Care Following an Accident
In every accident, medical care is an urgent first step. Any harm caused should be attended to and documented. Waiting to receive medical care for an injury can later be used against you by insurance companies. When it comes to insurance, New Jersey is a no-fault state. This means that the driver’s insurance will pay some or all of the pedestrian’s medical bills. So, regardless of insurance and payment concerns, all victims should seek medical help.
Who is at Fault in a Pedestrian Accident?
In most pedestrian accident cases, the driver is at fault and will be liable for the crash. Even if the pedestrian doesn’t cross legally at a crosswalk, the blame will usually fall on the driver. Despite cell phone use being banned in NJ, distracted driving continues to be the reason many motorists crash. But sometimes, both the driver and pedestrian have done nothing wrong. These accidents can be caused by poor municipal designs or municipal negligence. For example, signs that are not clearly visible make roads riskier for both drivers and pedestrians. Or, if both pedestrian and traffic lights are signaling it’s safe to go. That would fall into municipal negligence. It is the city’s responsibility to fix dangerous situations like these.
If you or a loved one has been hit by a car, contact the injury attorneys at Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. Call (609)348-1106 for a free consultation.