Yes, pedestrians have the right of way in New Jersey—most of the time. They also have responsibilities. While pedestrians typically have the right of way in a collision with a motor vehicle, there are times when a pedestrian is partially to blame.
If you were injured in a pedestrian accident, a New Jersey car accident lawyer might be able to help you secure fair compensation based on your injuries. At Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman P.C., we can serve as your dedicated advocates for your personal injury claim.
The dangers of pedestrian accidents
Pedestrian accidents are commonplace in New Jersey. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, they occur once every seven minutes across the country. Of course, pedestrians are more vulnerable, and the injuries resulting from being struck by a car are often fatal. Even those that survive suffer repercussions for many years. It is not uncommon for victims to have permanent disabilities and chronic pain. Our attorneys are prepared to help you pursue fair compensation for any of the above– following a pedestrian accident.
How New Jersey law applies the right of way to pedestrian accidents
Pedestrians generally have the right of way when it comes to crossing roadways in New Jersey. This is true not only in crosswalks but also at intersections. Drivers should come to a complete stop and yield. Further, it is incumbent on drivers to always be aware of pedestrians, given the serious risk of injury. For that reason, the law expects drivers to take care to avoid violating the right of way.
There are also responsibilities that apply to pedestrians under the law. While they have the right-of-way at an intersection or crosswalk, they also have an obligation to follow traffic signals– intended for both motorists and pedestrians.
Common pedestrian accident injuries
Some common injuries in pedestrian accidents include:
- Broken arms or legs
- Spinal cord damage
- Internal bleeding
- Traumatic brain injuries
Contact us at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman P.C. for a free consultation
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, a car accident lawyer is here to help. Our firm is ready to aggressively pursue fair compensation so you can heal and rebuild your life. With our help, you could obtain a monetary award that covers your medical bills, lost wages, and other losses.
At Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman P.C., we are compassionate advocates for our clients. Call right away for a free consultation.