At Morelli Law Firm, we understand that legal action may not be the first thing on your mind in the wake of a personal injury. Even so, we want to give you the means to consider a civil response when you’re forced to contend with the consequences of someone else’s negligence.
If you’re recovering from a pedestrian accident, let our pedestrian accident lawyers in Union City assess your case for a violated duty of care. As we investigate your accident, we can bring forward evidence of negligence that may entitle you to compensation in civil court. Our team can then represent you as you fight for the post-accident financial support you deserve.
Who to Hold Liable for Pedestrian Accident Losses
When it comes time to hold someone accountable for your pedestrian accident, it’s in your best interest to follow the evidence. Evidence ranging from video footage to bystander testimony can help you hold the right parties accountable for your losses. It can also back your request for compensation in front of a court.
The parties whose negligence can often result in a pedestrian accident include (but are not limited to):
Motorists are some of the most common parties cited in pedestrian accident lawsuits. Vehicles can do significant damage to a pedestrian, particularly if a driver is distracted. With that in mind, motorists must take care when taking to heavily-trafficked roads. This responsibility is known as a driver’s duty of care.
Motorists who fail to uphold the duty of care owed to pedestrians can subsequently be summoned to a civil hearing. However, you must indicate that the driver in question both engaged in negligence and caused the bulk of your accident losses. You can do this by presenting proof of fault and your related losses via a civil claim.
Property owners throughout New Jersey owe pedestrians on their land a duty of care. This means that landowners must make a point to either repair damage to their property or warn pedestrians of said damage. Individuals who fail to do so can be held accountable for a pedestrian’s injuries in the wake of an accident.
In most cases, pedestrians qualify as invitees while on someone else’s property. That said, if you’re trespassing at the time of your accident, you still have rights. You can work with our attorneys to clarify your position on someone else’s land and label your lawsuit accordingly.
It can be difficult to hold government representatives accountable for their perceived negligence, even in the wake of a pedestrian accident. That said, it is not impossible. If you believe a government body in New Jersey has violated your constitutional right to personal safety, you can work with an attorney to bring a suit against them.
The government officials and law enforcement officers in New Jersey benefit from qualified immunity. With our help, though, we can hold these parties accountable for pedestrian injuries endured during police chases and government-sponsored events.
N.J.S.A. § 59:4-2 states that you must use your claim to indicate a government body’s deliberate negligence in regards to the dangerous status of its property. You should also be prepared to bring forward medical proof of your losses. If you want to take up a suit against a New Jersey government representative, our team can buckle down for the fight.
Other Pedestrians and/or Cyclists
Other pedestrians and even bicyclists can also bear the responsibility for your roadway accident. Pedestrians who try to endanger you by disobeying New Jersey’s crosswalk laws can be accused of reckless endangerment. The same can be said of bicyclists who do not signal turns or who otherwise violate the state’s expectations of its cyclists.
How Claims Hold Liable Parties Accountable for Pedestrian Accident Losses
If you want to hold a particular party accountable for your pedestrian accident losses, you need to submit a civil claim identifying that party to your local county clerk. This claim should both name your liable party and present evidence placing them at the scene or behaving negligently at the time of your accident.
What’s more, you should use your claim to elaborate on the value of your pedestrian accident losses. Again, prepare to submit evidence establishing economic and non-economic losses related to your pedestrian accident.
According to N.J.S.A. § 2A-14-2, you have two years to bring all this information forward. If you’re unable to bring your complaint forward within this time period, New Jersey courts waive your right to damages. Fortunately, our Union City pedestrian accident attorneys can begin investigating your claim as soon as you call.
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Let’s Calculate the Value of Your Pedestrian Accident Case
One of the benefits of your pedestrian accident claim is that you can use the legal rights awarded to you to request compensation in return for your damages. By requesting economic and non-economic damages, you can overcome the bills you’ve had to endure due to someone else’s negligence.
More specifically, you can include all the following expenses in the estimate of your accident losses detailed in your complaint:
- Medical expenses related to your pedestrian accident
- The cost of property damaged in your accident
- Essential at-home recovery care
- Lost opportunities to work
- Reduced wages
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
You can discuss the full extent of your possible compensation during an initial case consultation with our attorneys.
Schedule Your Pedestrian Accident Case Consultation With Morelli Law Firm
Morelli Law Firm brings experience and compassion to your pedestrian accident case. If you’re thinking about moving forward with your losses, a Union City pedestrian accident lawyer from our firm can give you the resources you need to draft a comprehensive, defensible claim.
We want to get the compensation you deserve into your hands. For more information about what a pedestrian accident lawyer can do for you, contact our office. You can request a free case evaluation through our website or by calling our firm during operating hours.