Truck-Pedestrian Accident Attorney in New Jersey
According to the statistics for car-pedestrian accidents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 4,000 people die and more than 50,000 get injured in pedestrian accidents every year. In Pennsylvania, 148 people died and 4,474 people were injured in vehicle-pedestrian crashes in 2010. The majority of pedestrian deaths are children ages 10-15 and people over 75. Most pedestrians are struck by trucks when they are crossing a street, entering a crosswalk, walking a dog, or jogging on the side of the road. When a truck collides with a pedestrian, there is high potential for serious bodily injuries.
It is true that of all motor vehicle accidents, pedestrian accidents tend to be the most fatal. Unlike motor vehicle drivers, pedestrians do not have any external protection. Therefore, when pedestrians are hit by trucks, they have nothing to protect their bodies from serious injury and direct impact. Once a pedestrian has been hit by a truck, he/she has a great chance of sustaining a life-threatening head injury, brain injury, neck injury, spinal cord injury, or burn injury. These types of injuries are labeled catastrophic because they are physically debilitating and life threatening. Catastrophic injuries demand lifelong medical care and treatment. Unfortunately, most people who survive serious pedestrian accidents never regain their normal quality of life.
When a truck hits a pedestrian, serious injuries may result from the impact. As a pedestrian in New Jersey, you usually have the right of way when crossing the street, and all vehicles, including trucks, must usually yield to you. A New Jersey truck accident involving pedestrians can result in a variety of serious injuries, including fractures, broken bones, internal bleeding, head trauma, severe neck and back injuries, emergency surgery and even death.
Truck drivers face numerous regulations ensuring they are well-rested, that they are not drinking and driving, and that their equipment is working properly. Despite these regulations, accidents involving trucks and pedestrians still occur.
Jeffrey S. Hark has over 17 years of experience as a New Jersey personal injury attorney and a proven record of success. If you are the victim of a careless truck driver, you can take legal action to recover medical expenses, lost wages, compensation for pain and suffering, and more.
If you or a member of your family suffered a truck accident in New Jersey, you need an experienced New Jersey truck crash lawyer to fight for a full and fair recovery. If a pedestrian is hit by a commercial truck, there may be several parties liable for any damage. Damages (compensation for injuries) may include:
- Past, present and future medical expenses
- Loss of wages and future earnings
- Other out-of pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Disability and disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Interference with family relationships (spouse, child, etc.)
Whatever type of accident, our attorney can help you get results. He has litigated truck accident injuries in all New Jersey state and federal courts.