When you walk along Newark and Jersey City sidewalks as a pedestrian, you are totally vulnerable to injury when your path intersects with motorists. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that more than 4,000 pedestrian deaths and more than 70,000 pedestrian injuries result from automobile accidents each year. That translates to one pedestrian injury every eight minutes and one death every two hours.
If you or a family member has suffered in a pedestrian accident, the knowledgeable lawyers at Shapiro & Sternlieb, LLC can help you pursue full and fair compensation. We work on a contingency basis, which means that we don’t get paid unless you do. Contact us today online or at (732) 617-8050 to schedule a free consultation. We welcome clients from Jersey City and Newark, New Jersey.
What Causes Pedestrian Accidents?
Pedestrian accidents can happen whenever a person is walking, running, jogging, hiking, sitting or lying down. They can occur on private property or public streets and highways. Most pedestrian accidents are caused by driver negligence. The NHTSA reports that distracted driving accounts for more than 10 percent of pedestrian fatalities every year, in addition to thousands of severe injuries. This includes careless actions such as putting on makeup, eating and texting.
Other forms of driver negligence include:
- Failing to yield to a pedestrian
- Driving while intoxicated
- Running stop signs and red lights
- Excessive speed
- Vehicle failure, such as faulty tires and brakes
Common Injuries in a Pedestrian Accident
When vehicles and pedestrians collide, the results are inevitably grim. While the majority of pedestrian injuries occur at the point of impact, secondary injuries, such as being propelled into other objects, are also frequent.
Some of the most common injuries that occur in pedestrian accidents include:
- Brain injury
- Back and neck injury
- Broken bones
How Can a Pedestrian Accident Attorney Help?
At Shapiro & Sternlieb, LLC, we are committed to helping accident victims obtain the justice and compensation they deserve. A pedestrian accident doesn’t simply cause injuries; it can have far-reaching and life-altering effects on your daily life, financial status and the well-being of your family. We strive to get you compensation for every aspect of your life that has been affected by your injury, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Past, current and future medical bills
- Injuries and paralysis
- Lost wages and diminished earning potential
- Loss of social interaction and quality of life
Our experienced lawyers know how to gather appropriate evidence, prepare a strong case and pursue maximum compensation.
Contact Shapiro & Sternlieb, LLC Today
If you’ve been injured due to someone’s negligence, contact the skilled pedestrian accident attorneys at Shapiro & Sternlieb, LLC today by completing the form on this page or calling (732) 617-8050 to schedule a free consultation. We proudly serve the Newark and Jersey City areas of New Jersey.