Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Pedestrians have no protection when they are struck by cars or other motor vehicles. Instead, they absorb the forces released in collisions with their bodies, which means that pedestrians are highly susceptible to serious injuries or fatalities when they are struck. If you have suffered serious injuries in a pedestrian accident or have lost your loved one in South Jersey, you should retain an experienced attorney from Hoffman DiMuzio as soon as possible.
Our law firm has an impeccable reputation because of the care we have for our clients. We strive to hold negligent parties accountable while recovering maximal damages for accident victims. Hoffman DiMuzio has five locations throughout South Jersey to make a meeting with us more convenient. With our help, our clients have recovered millions of dollars. We have represented negligence victims since 1978. Here is some information you should know from a pedestrian accident lawyer at Hoffman DiMuzio.
Prevalence Of Pedestrian Accidents
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 7,000 people who were hit by a car in 2020 died as a result. Older adults and young children have a much higher risk of dying when they are struck by vehicles. In addition to the number of fatalities, another 104,000 people were treated for an injury in emergency departments during that year after being struck by vehicles while on foot.
How Do These Types of Collisions Happen?
Both people who are walking and motorists have a duty of care when they are using the roads in New Jersey. When motorists fail to exercise reasonable caution and care, they can strike and seriously injure or kill people who are walking. Some of the common types of negligent behaviors that are involved with these types of collisions include the following:
- Drunk/drugged driving
- Distracted driving
- Walking at night while wearing dark clothing
- Motorists failing to check for people crossing the road when turning
- Failing to watch for walkers at intersections and crosswalks
- Back-up collisions
If you were injured after being struck by a car in any of these types of situations, you should speak to a pedestrian accident lawyer at Hoffman DiMuzio.
Who Is Liable When a Motorist Strikes Someone on Foot?
In most cases, motorists will be deemed to be partially at fault when they strike people who are walking. When a motorist is at fault in a collision, the injured victim will be entitled to pursue compensation through a personal injury claim against the negligent driver.
New Jersey motorists owe a duty of care to walkers and are expected to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner to prevent them from being injured. If someone is hit while walking in a crosswalk, the motorist will almost always be considered to be liable. Pedestrians crossing the roads in crosswalks have the right-of-way under New Jersey law. They also have the right-of-way when they cross at unmarked intersections. Drivers are supposed to yield to walkers located at unmarked intersections and within crosswalks and remain stopped until the walkers have finished crossing the roads.
Walkers also have a duty of care. They must check for traffic in both directions before trying to cross the roads. They must also use crosswalks when they are available and when they are signaled to do so. People who cross mid-block, dart into streets, are distracted while walking, or who are intoxicated might be partially liable if they are injured in accidents. When you meet with a pedestrian accident lawyer at Hoffman DiMuzio, your attorney will carefully review the facts and investigate what happened to determine liability.
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What If I Shared Fault?
If you shared fault for your accident, that will not necessarily bar your ability to recover damages. Under NJSA 2A:15-5.1, et seq., New Jersey follows a modified comparative negligence principle. Under this approach, you can recover damages as long as your percentage of fault for your accident is less than 50%. However, if you were partially to blame, your damages award will be reduced by the percentage of fault attributed to you. For example, if your total losses are found to equal $100,000, but you were deemed to be 30% at fault, your net award will be reduced by 30% to a net recovery of $70,000.
Why Should I Hire A Hoffman DiMuzio Pedestrian Accident Lawyer?
While you are not required to hire an attorney to handle your pedestrian accident claim, you are likelier to recover fair compensation when you work with the pedestrian accident attorneys at Hoffman DiMuzio. Our attorneys have decades of experience fighting for the rights of our clients, and we have the skills and legal knowledge necessary to understand how to build the strongest possible case for you.
We are the largest law firm of our type in South Jersey with more than 65 attorneys located in five offices, making it very convenient for our clients to meet with us. We are willing to come to where you are to make the process easier. Our local attorneys know members of the defense bar, the local court staff, and the judges that hear our clients’ cases, helping us to anticipate potential defenses and understand the expected procedures and protocols. We work with investigators and experts to understand what happened and to gather evidence to support our clients’ claims, which often helps us to recover more compensation for our clients than they otherwise might receive for their losses.
Talk to Us Today
If you have been seriously injured after being hit by a car, you should reach out to Hoffman DiMuzio today. Call 856.845.8243 to schedule your FREE consultation. Meet with senior partner Joseph J. Hoffman, Jr. who will discuss your case, answer questions and introduce you to the Hoffman DiMuzio personal injury team.
What To Expect During Your Consultation
Upon calling our firm, you will first speak to one of our receptionists who will promptly transfer you to Senior Partner and head of our firm, Mr. Joseph J. Hoffman, Jr.
Mr. Hoffman, who has decades of experience and is rated in the top 1% of attorneys across the entire country, will personally speak with you about your case. He will listen intently… answer any questions you may have… explain how our injury team will be able to help… and offer additional insights into your situation.
Once all of your questions are answered, he will then schedule a consultation at no charge to you. During your free consultation, you will be introduced to the personal injury team to discuss your case in more detail. Should you choose to retain our firm, you will pay absolutely nothing unless your case is successful and you get paid.