What To Do After A Hit and Run Accident
Pedestrians are generally 1.5 times more likely than motorists and their passengers to be fatally injured in a car accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents nationwide, with more than 76,000 pedestrians injured in 2014. This averaged to approximately one accident-related pedestrian death every two hours, an additional pedestrian injury every 7 minutes.
If you or a loved one was injured or died in a pedestrian-related accident, you should immediately consult with an experienced attorney who specifically handles these types of cases to protect your legal rights.
5 Things Hit and Run Accident Victims Should Remember
There is no perfect tip that will help you completely avoid becoming the victim of a hit and run accident. However, there are certain tips that you should consider after getting injured in such an accident that will help protect your legal rights and obtain the full compensation to which you are entitled for the injuries that you have suffered. Consider the five following tips below:
1. Limit your distractions. One of the leading causes of pedestrian accidents is both driver and pedestrian distraction. Although you may not be able to control the actions of motorists on the road, you can limit your own distractions. If you are reading an email or texting while you are walking, you are much more likely to miss a motorist who is driving erratically.
2. Make eye contact with motorists. Chances are that if you are unable to make eye contact with a motorist, he or she is unable to see you on the street. As such, before walking in an intersection (even if you have the right of way), it is best to make eye contact with the motorist and make sure that he or she has stopped and sees you crossing the road.
3. Don’t assume the automobile will stop just because the light is red. You should never assume that a motorist will obey road signs and stop when the light turns green or make a complete stop at a stop sign.
4. Obey the law. Even though pedestrians have the right of way, you should still obey traffic lights and other laws of the road. The most important rule to follow is not to jay walk. One of the best ways to reduce the likelihood of getting into an accident is to use crosswalks to get to the other side of the road.
5. Use extra caution in heavy congested roads. Keep an eye out for motorists in heavily congested intersections, crosswalks and roads.
Even if you take each of these precautions while walking on the street, you may still be unfortunate enough to get into an accident, at which point it is important to immediately consult with an experienced attorney to help you obtain the full compensation that you deserve.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with a New Jersey pedestrian accident lawyer, please call the Law Offices of Dan T. Matrafajlo at (908) 248-4404.