Pedestrian accidents occur often and their results can be devastating. As a result, it is important to know what to do in the event that an accident occurs. Read on to learn more about pedestrian accidents in New Jersey.
What do I do if I am Injured in a Pedestrian Accident?
If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation for things like lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and so on. But, in order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to provide proof that your accident was caused by the negligence of another party. To do so, be sure to take the following steps:
- Call 911: The police can call an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, conduct chemical tests, and more.
- Obtain witness contacts: If anyone saw your accident occur, ask for their name and number. They may be able to provide an important outside perspective and/or corroborate your version of events.
- Document the scene: One of the most important things you can do is take photos and videos at the scene of the accident. Be sure to document your injuries as well as any hazardous conditions that may have caused the accident to occur.
- Seek medical attention: You should visit the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility immediately after the accident. This will ensure that your injuries receive the necessary attention, while also providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Before leaving, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
- Contact an experienced attorney: A personal injury attorney may be able to provide further proof of negligence, including security camera footage, police reports, and more.
- File your claim on time: If you wish to pursue legal action, you will have to do so within a certain amount of time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a personal injury accident is generally two years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within two years will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact our firm today to discuss your case with an experienced attorney.
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