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Pedestrian accidents are, unfortunately, very common, and they often result in serious injury and sometimes death. The most common type of pedestrian accident involves a motor vehicle or a bus striking an individual. We recommend that you obtain a pedestrian accident lawyer, like Paul M. da Costa and his associates, immediately following a collision. The Roseland attorneys at Snyder Sarno D'Aniello Maceri & da Costa LLC, are highly experienced, and their expertise in the legal process following a pedestrian accident will help to ensure fair compensation for you or your loved one's injuries.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Nearly 5000 pedestrians are killed each year in traffic accidents. Statistics show that older adults and children are often the most at risk, and alcohol consumption by the vehicle driver or pedestrian is involved in almost 50 percent of crashes that result in pedestrian death.
Either the the driver of the vehicle or the pedestrian may be held responsible for a collision involving a pedestrian. Drivers are often the cause of pedestrian accidents due to factors including:
- Distracted driving, such as texting or eating while behind the wheel
- Failure to yield to a pedestrian
- Inadequate motor vehicle equipment
Pedestrians, too, can cause an accident. If an accident is caused by a pedestrian, it usually results from:
- Walking on the road instead of a sidewalk
- Walking on a busy, high-speed road
What to Do after an Accident
If you were in an auto accident involving a pedestrian, you are most likely feeling upset and overwhelmed. However, there are certain steps you must take immediately to ensure that your rights are protected.
We have extensive experience fighting for clients involved in pedestrian accident cases, and we want to earn your trust by working diligently to seek a fair settlement for injuries and other damages.
Whether you were the driver or the pedestrian involved, you will need to exchange contact information to give to insurance providers. You should also contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible, who can speak on your behalf.
Injuries most frequently suffered by pedestrians after being struck by a motor vehicle include damage to the lower extremities as well as the head, face, and neck. The most severe, life-threatening injuries typically involve the head and thorax.
After the accident, it is important that you do not provide any personal statements until you have spoken with Paul M. da Costa and his associates. Do not make any claims about the accident, whether you are the pedestrian or the driver, as these statements may be used against you if the case goes to trial.
It can be difficult to determine liability in a pedestrian accident case. Most often, fault lies with the party who demonstrated negligence. Negligence is defined as failing to exercise a reasonable standard of care under the circumstances. Therefore, liability for the accident may fall on either the pedestrian or the driver.
If the pedestrian was crossing the road illegally and the driver was simply driving through a green light within the speed limit, it may be difficult to place fault on the driver. Conversely, if the pedestrian was legally crossing the street and was struck by a vehicle that illegally ran a red light, liability would likely be placed on the driver.
- Compensation for pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Out-of-pocket expenses
Pedestrian accidents occur every day for numerous reasons, and only experienced attorneys like those at Snyder Sarno D'Aniello Maceri & da Costa LLC, can ensure a fair and expeditious case. Our attorneys will work tirelessly to determine who is at fault, and to seek the compensation that you deserve.
Contact Our Attorneys Today
Our attorneys are here to help. We have extensive experience fighting for clients involved in pedestrian accident cases, and we want to earn your trust by working diligently to seek a fair settlement for injuries and other damages. Contact our firm today to schedule your initial consultation with Paul M. da Costa and his associates, and begin your journey toward healing.
"I was involved in a VERY complicated and tumultuous child custody, divorce, domestic violence case for two full years. I was fortunate enough to be represented by one of the top matrimonial teams in the state of NJ, and the outcome in my case exceeded my every expectation." - Former Client"Paul personally stood by my side and represented me throughout my injury case. Whether it was business at hand, advice, or a late night phone call to help me understand what was going on; he never took a step back towards helping me. I knew that I could call on him at any time . My case was very successful and I attribute that to Paul's dedication . He even came to me during a snow storm when I could not make it to his office. I certainly would recommend him to anyone." - Former Client