Atlantic City Pedestrian Accident Attorney
You’ve been crossing the street for a long time now, so you probably don’t give it too much thought. Pedestrians, however, are extremely vulnerable to the traffic all around them—especially in bustling cities like our fair Atlantic City.
When you’re on foot, you undoubtedly have a lot on your mind—places to go and people to see, after all—but you probably don’t pay a lot of attention to just how vulnerable you are to injuries. As a pedestrian, there is absolutely nothing to protect you from the impact of the accident (unlike the protection provided by the steel frame of a car when you’re in a car accident). When you head out on foot, always put safety first.
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center shares several sobering statistics about pedestrian accidents:
- More than 5,300 pedestrians died in pedestrian accidents with motor vehicles in 2015, the most such pedestrian fatalities since 1996.
- From 2006 to 2015, the number of total traffic fatalities decreased by almost 18 percent, but the number of total pedestrian fatalities increased by 12 percent.
- Car crashes injured about 70,000 pedestrians in 2015, while about 61,000 pedestrians suffered injuries in such crashes in 2006—a nearly 15 percent injury rate increase.
If a driver’s negligence seriously injured you or someone you love in a pedestrian accident, you need experienced legal counsel. The skilled pedestrian accident lawyers at The Levin Firm know just how much trauma these accidents can cause, and we’re here to help guide your claim toward its most just resolution.
New Jersey’s Pedestrian Safety Laws
New Jersey’s dense population results in more than its share of serious pedestrian accidents. As such, New Jersey takes pedestrian safety seriously. In fact, New Jersey implements specific laws related to the responsibilities of both drivers and pedestrians. First, let’s peak at the responsibilities that New Jersey drivers bear:
- Drivers must stop and remain stopped for pedestrians in marked crosswalks. They must stop for pedestrians crossing in adjacent crosswalks into which drivers make right turns (from either red lights, stop signs, or yield signs). They must stop for pedestrians who enter one lane of the drivers’ half of the roadway.
- Drivers must not overtake and pass another vehicle that stops to allow pedestrians to cross the roadway.
- Drivers must yield to pedestrians in unmarked crosswalks (at intersections that crosswalks don’t control).
- Drivers must exercise due care for the safety of all pedestrians on any roadway.
Now, We’ll Consider Pedestrian Responsibilities:
- Pedestrians must not leave the curb or another place of safety and walk or run into a vehicle’s path when the vehicle is too close to allow it time to yield or stop.
- Pedestrians must yield to drivers when they cross a road anywhere other than at marked or unmarked crosswalks in intersections and must yield to drivers at intersections when the walk signal is not green (and the driver’s traffic light is green).
- Pedestrians must walk on sidewalks when available and accessible. Absent such sidewalks, pedestrians must walk on the extreme left-hand side of the roadway (or its shoulder), facing approaching traffic whenever possible.
- Pedestrians must exercise due care in protection of their own safety.
- Pedestrians must not cross any highways separated by median barriers (except where specific provisions for pedestrians exist).
It’s a lot to consider, but these responsibilities highlight the vulnerabilities pedestrians face when they take to the busy streets of New Jersey. Arrive alive by implementing these important pedestrian responsibilities every time you head out on foot. You can hold drivers who violate safety laws and cause you injuries liable for their actions and your losses.
Your Pedestrian Accident Claim And Insurance
If a New Jersey pedestrian accident injures you and you carry car insurance, your car insurance policy may cover your medical expenses. Typically, New Jersey car insurance policies include Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage, which means that your policy will cover your injuries even if the driver is completely at fault. PIP is a variety of no-fault insurance that covers most (but not necessarily all) medical expenses, though it doesn’t pay out on noneconomic damages, such as the pain and suffering often associated with devastating accidents. Therefore, New Jersey law may entitle pedestrian accident victims to significantly more compensation than their PIP policies make available.
Taking Your Claim To Court
If a driver’s negligence caused your pedestrian accident injuries, you’re living the devastating effects. Even those injured parties who carry PIP insurance can typically move their claims beyond the realm of PIP coverage and into the legal arena. Specific injury categories that reach this level of seriousness include:
- Lost body parts
- Significant scars or disfigurement
- Permanent injuries (those that haven’t healed and that doctors don’t expect to heal)
- Fractured bones
- The death of your unborn child if you were pregnant when the accident struck you
- The death of a loved one
Pedestrian accidents are uniquely complicated. If a pedestrian accident injured you or someone you love, you need experienced legal counsel to advise you about your best options for compensation.
If a Pedestrian Accident Injured You, Contact an Experienced Atlantic City Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today
Pedestrians are obviously extremely vulnerable to the especially brutal and traumatic injuries that vehicles can cause. If a pedestrian accident injured you, you know the difficulties that you’re facing. The skilled legal team at The Levin Firm in Atlantic City has the experience, dedication, and compassion to help navigate your pedestrian accident claim toward its most just resolution. Our skilled pedestrian accident attorneys are here to help, so please contact our office online or call us at (215) 825-5183 for a free consultation today.