Atlantic City is a pedestrian friendly resort town, especially in the warmer months when everyone seems to be going out for walks and runs, heading to the beaches and the Boardwalk, and enjoying outdoor entertainment. Unfortunately, when you have a lot of pedestrians, there are a lot of chances for pedestrian accidents to occur. Also unfortunate is that New Jersey has a very high pedestrian accident problem. In 2017 there were over 180 pedestrian deaths, which is a significantly high number, especially compared to the state’s total population.
If you or a loved one has sustained injuries or death in a pedestrian accident, contact an pedestrian accident attorney with The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. to schedule a consultation. Accident injuries and damages can be significant and a good attorney will help to ensure that you are fully compensated.
Crossing the street
Pedestrians are often struck by motor vehicles while crossing the street. If a pedestrian is hit by a car while in a crosswalk, the burden of proof is on the driver to prove that the accident was not his or her fault. If a pedestrian crossing the street is struck by a motor vehicle, but he or she was not in a crosswalk at the time, the pedestrian’s actions will generally be judged by whether or not he or she acted as a reasonable person would have in the same scenario.
Other types of pedestrian accidents
Accidents on the sidewalk – Pedestrian accidents do not always occur on the road. Accidents frequently happen on sidewalks caused by dangerous conditions or obstructions. Unsuspecting pedestrians may also sustain injuries when bicycles or scooters that are operating on the sidewalk strike them.
Ice and snow from cars – Do you know that it is illegal in New Jersey to drive with ice and snow on your car’s roof, hood, and windows and you can be ticketed for that? Ice and snow flying off of cars is dangerous to other motor vehicles, but it is also dangerous to pedestrians who may be struck by a piece of ice that flies off of a passing motor vehicle.
Common causes and factors in pedestrian accidents
There are many causes and factors in pedestrian accidents, but the following are factors that we see pop up most often in our cases:
- Drinking – Alcohol is a common factor in pedestrian accidents.
- Driver or pedestrian distraction – Smartphones are dangerous for pedestrians and drivers to use when they should be paying attention to the road or sidewalk in front of them.
- Speeding motor vehicles
- Construction obstacles
- Poorly maintained sidewalks and streets present potential dangers to pedestrians including ice, snow, cracked pavement, and potholes.
Pedestrian accident injuries
Pedestrians often sustain serious and life changing injuries in pedestrian accidents. Common accident injuries include broken and crushed bones, cuts and lacerations, dislocations,concussions, spinal cord damage, and sometimes death. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a pedestrian accident, our Atlantic City pedestrian accident attorneys are prepared to help. You should be compensated for injuries and damages suffered due to someone else’s negligent conduct including lost pay, loss of future earnings, property damage, medical bills, and pain and suffering.