When a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle, they are almost always severely injured. These collisions often leave victims with significant medical expenses, temporary or permanent disability, and financial instability. The specialized Cherry Hill personal injury lawyers at Cuneo & Leonetti have the resources to help.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident, you are not alone. At Cuneo & Leonetti, our Cherry Hill pedestrian accident lawyers can help ease your financial burden and recover the compensation you need to move forward.
Call (856) 671-1703 or book online today for a free and confidential case evaluation.
How Cuneo & Leonetti Can Help Pedestrian Accident Victims
At Cuneo & Leonetti, our attorneys understand that injured victims only get one chance at financial recovery. For this reason, we have dedicated our practice to helping our clients maximize compensation in personal injury cases.
- We have significant experience handling motor vehicle accident cases, including those involving pedestrian accidents.
- Our attorneys understand how insurance companies approach injury cases and how to counter the underhanded tactics they employ.
- We have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our injured clients.
- We never charge a fee unless we win.
The Pedestrian Accident Epidemic
Pedestrian accidents are on the rise across the United States and New Jersey, increasing 12.5% between 2020 and 2021, according to research performed by the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHSTA)
In 2021, according to NHSTA, there 212 pedestrians died as a result of motor vehicle accidents in New Jersey, accounting for 30% of all traffic fatalities – nearly tying the number of car accidents in the state. Additionally, according to NHSTA, New Jersey ranks 20th out of all states in the United States for pedestrian fatalities.
While environmental issues such as a lack of sidewalks or operational pedestrian signals play a role in an increase in pedestrian accidents, here are some reasons why victims get hurt with increasing frequency in the United States:
- Drunk drivers are frequently involved in fatal pedestrian crashes, with 49% of all fatalities associated with traffic incidents involving alcohol.
- Inattention to the road is a common characteristic in pedestrian accidents, as observability plays a huge role in pedestrian crashes. 77% of all pedestrian fatalities happen at night.
- Excessive speeding can diminish reaction time and amplify the impact of collisions, elevating the vulnerability of pedestrians to the likelihood of motor vehicle accidents.
- Not observing crosswalks and pedestrian right-of-way increases the likelihood of dangerous interactions between pedestrians and vehicles, leading to a greater potential for motor vehicle crashes.
What Damages Could I Be Eligible To Receive After My Pedestrian Accident?
In New Jersey, victims of pedestrian accidents are eligible to receive compensation that helps with the physical, financial, and emotional toll of their incident. The types of damages that can be awarded are:
Compensatory Damages (Also Known As Economic Damages)
This damage type concerns the real-world financial costs associated with a pedestrian injury. Examples of compensatory damages:
- Lost wages from missing work due to the injuries experienced as the result of a pedestrian injury.
- Medical bills due to the medical treatment received from the injury.
- Loss of Future Earning Potential due to the inability to be able to resume the occupation they had prior to the accident.
Non-Compensatory Damages (Also Known As Non-Economic Damages)
This damage type involves the costs without a clear financial valuation or amount. Examples of non-compensatory damages include:
- Pain and suffering resulting from the anguish, pain, and physical limitations due to the accident
- Emotional distress amounts to the emotional trauma relating to the accident.
- Loss of enjoyment of life refers to the reduction in a person’s ability to engage in and derive happiness from daily experiences.
If the behavior of the negligent third party was severe or reckless enough, an individual could receive punitive damages. There is a cap on punitive damages at $350,000 or up to five times the amount of compensatory damages, whichever is larger.
Restoring Lives, One Pedestrian Injury Case At A Time: Cuneo & Leonetti’s Personal Injury Excellence
So if you or a loved one have been affected by a pedestrian accident, don’t hesitate to contact us at Cuneo & Leonetti for legal help. Call us today at (856) 671-1703 for a free consultation.