When a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle, devastating consequences can obviously occur. Pedestrian accidents can result in serious injury, disfigurement, loss of a limb or even death. If you or someone you know is involved in a pedestrian accident, you should contact our personal injury attorneys immediately. Our New Jersey Pedestrian Accident Attorneys are skilled lawyers who handle pedestrian accident cases in all New Jersey counties.
In New Jersey, there are specific motor vehicle laws, which regulate the duties and obligations of both drivers and pedestrians. Under New Jersey law 39:4-36, the driver of a motor vehicle must yield to a pedestrian if he or she is in an unmarked crosswalk and if the crosswalk is at an intersection and the movement of traffic is not regulated by a police officer or traffic control signal.
The driver of a motor vehicle also has an obligation to yield to a pedestrian if the pedestrian is in a marked crosswalk. Section 1 of this statute mandates that the driver of the vehicle stop his or her vehicle and remain stopped in order to allow the pedestrian to cross the street.
In all other circumstances, a pedestrian who is on a street and not in a marked or unmarked crosswalk, is required to yield to vehicles on the roadway. However, the statute makes clear that a pedestrian’s obligation to yield to a vehicle on the roadway, does not relieve a driver of his or her duty to exercise due care for the safety of any pedestrian on the roadway.
Though an individual who violates this section may be subject to a fine or community service, this statute can be critical in establishing liability if an individual is injured while crossing the street.
If you are injured by a driver who does not yield to a pedestrian while crossing the street, the attorneys at our firm may be able to use a violation of the above-mentioned statute as a way to help establish liability in a civil case. Depending on the circumstances, the police reports, and any potential testimony or plea in municipal court, our lawyers may be able to use this statue or a violation of this statute to the harmed pedestrians legal advantage.
If you are injured by a motor vehicle while you are crossing the roadway, you should immediately call our law firm. Our New Jersey personal injury attorneys represent individuals who are hurt during pedestrian accidents and area available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Our law firm will take your pedestrian injury case on a contingency fee basis. This means you will not pay a legal fee unless we successfully recover on your behalf.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a pedestrian accident contact the attorneys at our firm.