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Most pedestrian knockdowns and bicycle accidents happen because motorists don’t yield the right of way or fail to see a jogger or bicyclists along the side of the road. As a result, insurance companies are often quick to try and shift the blame for an accident onto a cyclist or jogger. After an accident, an insurance agent may call an injury victim under the guise of seeing how they are doing. An insurance agent may ask if you were wearing reflective clothing, what side of the road you were walking or riding on, at what angle the sun was, or if you were on the shoulder of the road. Here, an insurance agent is fishing for anything you might say that can later be used to place some or all of the blame for an accident onto you. In New Jersey, if you are 51 percent or more at fault in an accident, you aren’t eligible to recover anything; if you are 50 percent or less at fault, your compensation will be reduced by the percentage of your fault.
If you’ve been seriously injured while walking or riding along the side of the road, contact pedestrian accident attorneys at the Red Bank, NJ personal injury law office of Drazin and Warshaw, P.C. today to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help you.
Our personal injury attorneys recover financial damages for people suffering from the following kinds of injuries sustained in a bike accident or pedestrian knockdown:
In order to ensure our clients receive compensation proportional to their injuries, our attorneys consult medical economists and life care planners. We consider costs associated with hospitalization, surgery, physical therapy, in-home care, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Should your financial losses exceed the policy limits of the person who hit you, our attorneys will review whether there are additional sources of insurance coverage that can be used to cover your costs.
Car drivers are required to yield to pedestrians and bicyclists in a number of situations. Further, they are supposed to allow a safe distance between them and their car when attempting to pass on the roadway. All too often, however, car drivers don’t yield enough space to pedestrians or cyclists. If you’ve been injured in a bicycle or pedestrian accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Drazin and Warshaw, P.C. today. Call any of our three convenient office locations, in Red Bank, Hazlet or Brick, or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.