Typically when someone is walking down the street, they look both ways before crossing, use sidewalks, and try to walk in well-lit areas at night. Despite this, pedestrians are still frequently hit by cars in New Jersey and these accidents can ultimately result in serious injury or death. In fact, the number of fatal pedestrian accidents in New Jersey rose between 2016 and 2017. In 2016, there were 166 pedestrian fatalities and in 2017, there were 184. Most of these victims were between the ages of 50 and 64.
Of course, when an accident involves a pedestrian and a motor vehicle, the pedestrian is the one who often faces significant injuries while the driver walks away without a scratch. These accidents typically happen due to driver negligence such as speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol, texting while driving, and more. Due to the nature of these accidents, the injuries are often very severe and life-changing. The injured party may want to explore his or her legal options such as filing a Personal Injury Protection claim against the insurance company of the driver that hit them. A successful claim can help the injured party cover medical bills, lost wages, and even noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering.
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