Examining the Prevalence of Pedestrian Accidents in the U.S.
Approximately 12 people every day across the U.S. are killed in pedestrian accidents. Approximately 70,000 pedestrians are injured each year. If you or a loved one were injured in a pedestrian accident in New Jersey, it is imperative that you seek legal advice and guidance and take the right steps to protect your rights to compensation for your injuries and other damages. Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law is experienced in all types of accidents, including pedestrian accidents, and has achieved many significant victories in cases of catastrophic injuries or deaths. Autos, motorcycles, trucks, and buses can hit pedestrians who are crossing the street, in parking lots, and other locations. Children are the victims in a large percentage of pedestrian accidents. Our firm is exclusively dedicated to representing accident victims and their families, and we work the long hours necessary to pursue the best possible outcome in an injury case, through a settlement or in court.
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Types of Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Due to the disparity in size between a person's body and a motorcycle, auto, truck or bus, the pedestrian is one who will suffer.
Pedestrian accidents can result in serious injuries such as:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Fatal injuries
High-speed driving, drunk driving, or distracted driving is often the cause of the injury accident, all of which are acts of negligence. A motor vehicle, even when travelling at a low speed, is likely to inflict serious injuries or cause death. Bone fractures, back injuries, partial or full paralysis, and serious internal injuries can be the result of the actions of a negligent driver. Many of the victims are children in school zones, residential neighborhoods, shopping areas, parking lots, or other locations. If you have an injured child or a loved one killed in a pedestrian accident, you need an attorney to handle the legal details so you are protected during this emotionally traumatic time.
Pursuing Monetary Compensation After an Accident
For the protection of your rights to compensation after a pedestrian accident, it is important to have an attorney protecting your interests. Legal representation from our New Jersey pedestrian accident lawyers will include all dealings with insurance companies during the claims process, and in negotiating a settlement. Insurance companies tend to pressure injury victims into a fast settlement, and for the least payout possible. It is imperative that you have an experienced pedestrian accident attorney review a settlement offer before accepting it. You may be eligible for a higher settlement amount than what is being offered by an insurance company. This process of a low offer of settlement is extremely common.
The value of a personal injury can depend on the degree of injury, disability, disfigurement, or other factors which will determine the monetary value of the injury case. The attorney from the firm will pursue the maximum possible compensation for your injuries and suffering and other damages. In some cases, insurance companies refuse to offer adequate settlement figures, making it necessary to take the case to court for a decision. In either case, we have achieved many notable victories, and are personally dedicated to protecting the interests of injured clients at every step of the process.
Why File an Injury Claim?
You may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical and hospital bills
- Rehabilitation costs
- Ambulance costs
- Transportation to doctor appointments
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
In cases of wrongful death, surviving family members can pursue justice in the form of a monetary award. Serious pedestrian accidents will impact the entire household when a loved one has been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident. The loss of a loved one in a wrongful death is a terrible experience to endure, and the emotional turmoil and personal loss are unimaginable. It is imperative that the rights of the victim are protected, and that every possible form of compensation is sought through an insurance claim or through a lawsuit filed in civil court. Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law can evaluate your claim at no cost and advise you on how to proceed after a pedestrian accident.
Do I need an attorney if I've already been offered a settlement?
The offer you received from the insurance company is almost certainly less than what you are entitled to, by a significant margin. Insurance companies, just like any other business, are structured to maximize their own profits, and in addition to offering a minimal amount in any settlement, they will also commonly employ aggressive tactics against claimants like you to discourage requests for full compensation. We can not only advise you of what your case is really worth, but also provide skilled representation to help you recover damages.
How much is my case worth?
Each personal injury case is unique, and your attorney will consult with you in detail to help you determine the full value of your claim. In any fair settlement, you should expect to receive enough money to cover all your medical bills, from emergency treatment at the scene of the accident to rehabilitative care to help you fully recover. Claims of this nature should also cover the amount of income you will lose due to the injury from missing work or inability to perform on your job, as well as compensation for the pain and suffering you experienced.
How long will it take to resolve my case?
A variety of factors will play into how long it takes to get your insurance settlement, from the availability of evidence to support your claim to how cooperative the insurance company is and how effectively you can prepare your case. At our firm, our legal team takes every case seriously and we will do everything possible to achieve a successful resolution for you. We will also keep you informed throughout the entire process about what you may be up against and how long you can expect your case to take.