Newark Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Pedestrian accidents can be some of the most catastrophic collisions in Newark. When a motor vehicle strikes a pedestrian, the victim’s life may never be the same. At the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Hasson, P.C., we help pedestrians who have suffered serious injuries in accidents throughout New Jersey. If your accident was a result of someone else’s careless or reckless behavior, you could be entitled to financial compensation. Our pedestrian accident attorneys will be here for you during this difficult time. Contact us today for a free case consultation.
Why Choose Our Newark Pedestrian Accident Lawyer?
- Our attorneys offer more than 90 years of combined legal experience helping clients throughout the state of New Jersey. We understand how pedestrian accident cases in Newark work.
- We have a long track record of success, with millions of dollars in financial compensation won for past clients, including seven-figure motor vehicle accident case results.
- While most pedestrian accident cases reach settlements, we are not afraid of going to trial if that is what it takes to collect fair compensation on your behalf.
- Our Newark pedestrian accident attorneys operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning we don’t charge any fees unless we succeed in collecting financial compensation for the case.
What Can a Pedestrian Accident Attorney Do for You?
Hiring an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer can prevent an insurance company from taking advantage of you during the claims process. After you file a claim with a car insurance provider, a representative may try to convince you to settle for less than your injuries are worth. An attorney can aggressively negotiate for fair case results on your behalf, including taking your case to trial in Essex County, if necessary. Your lawyer can investigate your accident, determine fault, identify the defendant and help you pursue justice – all while you focus on healing.
Common Types of Newark Pedestrian Accidents
In New Jersey, 220 pedestrians lost their lives in preventable traffic accidents in 2021. This accounted for approximately 30 percent of the state’s total auto accident deaths. Keeping pedestrians safe requires motor vehicle drivers to pay attention to the road and obey traffic laws. Unfortunately, drivers often neglect to fulfill their responsibilities to pedestrians. Driver negligence contributes to common types of pedestrian accidents, including:
- Distracted driving accidents
- Texting while driving accidents
- Hit-and-run accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Parking lot accidents
- Backup accidents
- Failure to yield accidents
- Intersection accidents
- Left-turn accidents
- Collisions in crosswalks
- School zone accidents
- Accidents involving school buses
Driver error is the number one cause of serious and deadly pedestrian collisions in New Jersey. If you believe the driver who hit you is to blame, he or she may be financially responsible for your medical bills, lost wages, and more.
Who Pays for a Pedestrian Accident in Newark, New Jersey?
New Jersey is unique in that it abides by a no-fault car accident law. If a pedestrian is struck by a car or truck in New Jersey, the pedestrian’s medical bills will be covered by his or her own insurance provider. All drivers in New Jersey must carry personal injury protection (PIP) insurance to obtain no-fault first-party benefits after a collision. If the pedestrian does not have car insurance, the medical bills could be covered by the insurance policy of someone else in the pedestrian’s household.
There are some exceptions to New Jersey’s no-fault law. If a pedestrian’s injuries are serious enough to meet New Jersey’s tort exemption threshold under Section 39:6A-8 of state law, the pedestrian will have the right to hold the at-fault party accountable for medical costs. The tort exemption applies to bodily injuries that result in death, dismemberment, significant scarring or disfigurement, displaced fractures, the loss of a fetus, a permanent injury within a reasonable degree of medical probability, and permanent damage to an important bodily function.
In addition, New Jersey gives drivers the option of purchasing limited or unlimited right-to-sue insurance. If the pedestrian is covered by one of these policies, he or she may have the right to file a personal injury claim against the driver who is at fault, even with less serious injuries. Unlimited right-to-sue insurance, for example, allows an injured pedestrian to sue a driver for damages with any severity of injury. Our pedestrian accident attorneys can review your case to help you understand your financial recovery options.
How Long After a Pedestrian Accident Can You File an Injury Claim in New Jersey
Every state has a legal deadline on an accident victim’s right to file a personal injury lawsuit. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations is two years from the date that the accident took place, in most cases. If the victim did not discover his or her injuries right away, the statute of limitations may be tolled (paused) until the date of reasonable discovery. It is essential to contact an attorney as soon as possible after a pedestrian collision in Newark, as missing your deadline generally means forfeiting the right to file.
The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Hasson are here to assist you in understanding the legal process and ensuring you meet all necessary deadlines. Our experienced personal injury attorneys are ready to serve not only Newark but also Teaneck, Union City, Bergen County, and Hackensack. Contact us without delay to discuss your case, receive expert guidance, and take the first step toward protecting your rights and securing the compensation you deserve.
Compensation Available for a Pedestrian Accident in Newark
A successful insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit for a pedestrian accident in Newark could lead to a financial recovery for your economic (specific) and noneconomic (general) damages. You may qualify for several types of financial compensation, including:
- Past and future medical bills
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Lost wages and future capacity to earn
- Lost or damaged personal property
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and mental anguish
- The wrongful death of a loved one in a fatal accident case
- Punitive damages, in rare cases
The potential value of your pedestrian accident case – as well as the best legal route to take to pursue compensation – are topics you should discuss with an attorney before agreeing to an insurance settlement.
Contact Us Today for a Free Pedestrian Accident Case Consultation
If you or a loved one was recently hit by a car in Newark or the surrounding area, help is available at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Hasson, P.C. We are a team of highly experienced attorneys who are committed to helping accident victims rebuild their lives and move forward after securing the case results that they need. We will provide personalized legal services that you can count on throughout your case.