The Governors Highway Safety Association has recently announced that last year, the United States saw 6,590 pedestrian accident fatalities, which is a 30-year high. Though the number is staggering, unfortunately, it isn’t all too surprising. If you are someone who has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you must continue reading and reach out to our experienced New Jersey personal injury attorneys to learn more about what we can do for you. Here are some of the questions you may have about pedestrian accidents and how to file a lawsuit after being injured in one:
What most commonly causes pedestrian accidents?
Pedestrian accidents happen for a variety of reasons, though unfortunately, their most common cause is motorist negligence. Some of the most prevalent types of driver negligence in our society are texting while driving/distracted driving, driving while fatigued, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and speeding.
How do I recover compensation after an accident?
After a pedestrian accident, you should always call the police, take pictures of the scene of the accident, ask witnesses for their contact information, and receive immediate medical treatment. These actions can all be used to prove your future personal injury claim. However, that being said, you will need an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney on your side who knows how to gather and present evidence on clients’ behalf. Fortunately, you have just found that attorney in the law firm of Stathis & Leonardis, LLC.
Additionally, you should keep in mind that once you file your claim, there is a very good chance the insurance companies will be monitoring your social media accounts to see if you post anything that even slightly contradicts your claim. If you do, they may use it against you, even if they have to take it out of context. Insurance companies are not always on your side–fortunately, we are.
What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New Jersey?
Every state has a statute of limitations in place to provide the wrongly injured with a legally-acceptable window of time to take legal action against a negligent party. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New Jersey is, generally, two years, giving injured people two years from the date of their accident to sue. Do not make the mistake of waiting too long to file–if you do, you will generally lose your right to sue.
Contact our experienced New Jersey firm
Stathis & Leonardis, LLC is an experienced personal injury law firm in Middlesex County, New Jersey that is committed to helping clients who have been hurt due to another party’s negligence. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident or were injured on another person’s property, please do not hesitate to contact our firm today.