A pedestrian is at a great disadvantage in a collision with a driver or passenger in a car or truck accident. The pedestrian does not have the benefit of a car body surrounding him or her, and is often injured badly. Hit-and-run accidents are not uncommon when a pedestrian is involved in a crash. An injured pedestrian often suffers a serious or catastrophic injury, and may be entitled to compensation to help cover loss related to the accident.
Personal Injury Law is designed to compensate an injured party to the fullest extent possible for injuries caused by another party. In effect, the goal is to convey a sufficient monetary award that will return the injured party to the position that he/she was in prior to the injury — to "make them whole."
Under premises liability, if a visitor to one's property suffers an injury due to an inherent fault on the premises, the victim may be entitled to file a lawsuit against the property owner. Premises liability flows from the tort law principle of negligence. Thus, it must be proved that the premise's owner was strictly or absolutely liable for the injuries caused. Every year in New Jersey, one of the most common premises liability lawsuits are those conducted against the state government.
When it comes to car accidents, drivers, passengers and pedestrians in New Jersey do not plan on being involved in one. Because of this, many do not consider what steps they would take after an accident and how badly the incident could impact their life. While every accident is different and could affect victims at various degrees, it is important to be aware of available legal remedies following an automobile collision.
Whether it is to enjoy nice weather, for exercise, walking in a parking lot or commuting to work or school, many residents in New Jersey are pedestrians on a daily basis. While there are many advantages for individuals that walk, such as saving gas or getting exercise, there are several disadvantages. In most cases, pedestrians travel either on or next to roads. This factor alone could lead to serious and even fatal accidents involving pedestrians.
All of us are pedestrian at some time or another. When we’re at a crosswalk or traffic light, its often second nature to follow the flow of other pedestrian traffic or simply walk when the light tells us to do so. But did you know that nearly 3 out of 4 pedestrian deaths occur in urban environments (73%), at non-intersections (70%)? Education is the best way to protect yourself from a pedestrian accident. Check out the safety tips for drivers, pedestrians, parents, and youth groups below.
The statistics on pedestrian accidents and resulting injuries provide insight into the times and environments they’re more likely to occur.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, the majority of weekday pedestrian deaths occur between 4 p.m. and midnight, but most weekend pedestrian fatalities occur between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m.
Owner Liability for Dog Bites
There is a lot of misinformation about the responsibility of dog owners for their pets. However, the New Jersey law is clear. Dog owners have strict liability regarding injuries caused by their dogs. If you or someone you love has been bitten or attacked by a dog, you can hold the owner of that dog responsible for your injuries.
At the law offices of Scura, Wigfield, Heyer & Stevens, LLP, our NJ personal injury attorneys can help you get the full compensation you deserve.
A huge concern of many injured people is feeling wrong about bringing a claim for injuries they sustain as the result of the negligence of another. Some of our clients come into the office and they feel uneasy about pursuing money for personal injury they sustain in an accident. Recovery of money for the negligence of another is a well settled right under our laws. Many times, in not pursuing your just compensation you are only helping insurance companies and hurting your family and yourself.
Many clients want to know whether they should pursue a claim for personal injury and feel uneasy about doing so. It's important to know that you can pursue a claim for personal injury without filing suit or a legal action. In fact, many personal injury cases are settled without a lawsuit of legal action with the insurance company or defendant settling before any case is filed. Unfortunately, because many insurance companies are unreasonable, cases do wind up in a lawsuit or litigation in order to force them to pay.