Hackensack Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Pedestrian accidents can result in catastrophic injuries and even death. The threat to pedestrians today is higher than ever due to the increased number of cars, trucks, and motorcycle on the roads. Add to this the number of people who text, talk on their cell phones, or drive under the influence and the chance of being hit by car increases exponentially.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2016 the number of pedestrian deaths nationwide had risen by almost 10% over the previous year to a total of 5,987––the largest single-year increase in pedestrian fatalities since 1990. As a result, in 2016 a person was killed in a pedestrian accident approximately every 90 minutes.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Hackensack pedestrian accident, it’s important that you get prompt and accurate legal advice. At Bhatt Law Group, we know how to protect your legal rights and will work tirelessly to gather the evidence needed to bring a strong pedestrian accident injury claim on your behalf. Call us at (201) 798-8000 to speak with an experienced Hackensack pedestrian accident lawyer.
Common Injuries Sustained in a Hackensack Pedestrian Accident
Whenever a pedestrian is struck by a moving vehicle, it can result in one or more of the following types of injuries:
- Soft Tissue Injuries;
- Broken Bones;
- Head Injuries;
- Spinal Cord Injuries; and
- Brain Damage
What’s more, too many pedestrian accidents end in the death of the pedestrian involved. The NHTSA data for 2016 also reveals that of the 601 traffic fatalities that occurred on state roadways, pedestrian fatalities accounted for 162 or 27%––among the highest rates in the country. In that same year, pedestrian fatalities only accounted for 16% of all traffic fatalities nationwide.
Compensation for Damages Sustained in a Hackensack Pedestrian Accident
It is important to remember that if you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, not only will you have to consider your immediate medical needs but also your financial needs and possibly for many years to come. A serious pedestrian injury can result in huge medical bills, lost wages and require long-term hospitalization, or even nursing home care for long-term rehabilitation.
When injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or wrongdoing, the law entitles you to file a claim to be compensated for your injuries and any other damages you incur as a result of the accident, including but not limited to:
- Past and future medical expense
- Past and future wage loss
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
When establishing damages in an accident claim, there are many issues that need to be addressed and many mistakes that can be made. Working with a qualified attorney will give you the best chance to recover the maximum amount of compensation possible under the circumstance of your accident.
“Modified” Comparative Negligence in New Jersey
In New Jersey, many laws exist that are intended to protect pedestrians and give them the right of way while navigating across streets, roads, and bridges. Unfortunately, these laws will not keep you from getting injured in a pedestrian accident. They can, however, be used in a pedestrian accident claim to prove the driver’s negligence.
Unfortunately, however, liability in pedestrian accident cases is not always clear and New Jersey personal injury law follows the concept of Modified Comparative Fault – 51% Bar. In New Jersey, this means that if you are found by a judge or jury to be more than 50% at fault for being hit and injured, your claim for compensation will be completely barred.
Otherwise, the amount you are entitled to recover will be reduced by your own percentage of fault. For example, if you are found to be 35% at fault for the accident in which you were injured, perhaps because you crossed in the middle of the street instead of at the crosswalk, you can only recover 65% of your damages.
An injury claim in which you are partly at fault is more complicated than one in which the defendant is 100% to blame. This is all the more reason why you should enlist the assistance of a qualified attorney who can guide you through the process and see that you are treated fairly.
Contact an Experienced Hackensack Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident in Hackensack, New Jersey, you will need answers to important questions so that you can take the necessary steps to seek just compensation for your injuries and losses.
Why choose Bhatt Law?
- We know what you are facing and because have seen it with many past clients.
- We have the expertise to build a successful case on your behalf.
- We will be with you every step of the way and will fight aggressively to get you the compensation you need in order to put your life back together again.
Call Bhatt Law Group at (201) 798-8000, or contact us online to arrange a free consultation with an experienced Hackensack pedestrian accident lawyer. We will be happy to evaluate the circumstances of your case and the potential to file a New Jersey pedestrian accident claim.
Our Hackensack office is located at:
Bhatt Law Group
411 Hackensack Avenue, 2nd Fl.
Hackensack, NJ 07601