Pedestrian accidents are some of the deadliest accidents to occur on the road. As a result, it is important that drivers, municipalities, and pedestrians alike, work to avoid these accidents. Read on to learn more about how pedestrian accidents occur and some steps to take to avoid them.
How do pedestrian accidents occur?
For the most part, pedestrian accidents are a result of driver neglignece. For example:
- Excessive speeding
- Driving while intoxicated
- Drowsy driving
- Distracted driving
- Failing to follow the rules of the road
- Ignoring lights, signs, etc.
However, in some cases, accidents are a result of things like poor road conditions or incelement weather. Sometimes, an accident can be caused by a pedestrian. Pedestrians should wear visible clothes when walking and always look both ways before crossing the street. One of the most important things a pedestrian can do is avoid using his or her phone while crossing the street. Walking while distracted can quickly turn deadly.
Fulfilling the burden of proof
If you are involved in an accident due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. However, in order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to fulfill the burden of proof. To do so, be sure to:
- Call 911- The police can send an ambulance, file an accident report, and more.
- Seek medical attention- It is important to go to the hospital, even if you do not believe you have been seriously injured. This is because it is possible to sustain a serious injury without realizing it. Additionally, this can provide you with proof of the origin and extent of the injury. Before leaving, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical doucments.
- Document the scene- While waiting for the ambulance to arrive, take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident.
- Obtain witness contacts- If anyone saw your accident occur, they may be able to provide important witness testimony. Ask for their name and contact information.
- Contact an attorney- A skilled attorney may be able to provide additionall evidence, such as police reports, security camera fottage, and more.
- File your claim on time: There is a deadline known as a statute of limitations. In New Jersey, the deadline for a personal injury accident is typically two years from the date of the accident.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, our firm is here to help. Reach out today to discuss your case.
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