Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Attorney David Leigh is dedicated to making a difference
Most people usually don’t worry about getting in a car accident when they are out walking. But it only takes one negligent driver to cause a collision that leaves pedestrians seriously injured. When you’ve been hurt in a pedestrian accident, you have the right to seek financial compensation. But the legal process can be complicated.
Pedestrian accident attorney David Leigh of The Leigh Law Firm, P.C. fights for the injured in Millburn and throughout Essex and Union counties. Accident victims often aren’t treated fairly by insurance companies. Attorney Leigh used to represent insurance companies – he knows how to fight back to get the results you need and deserve.
Motorists need to share the road and watch out for pedestrians
Pedestrians can be hurt in many ways in Millburn. A speeding driver can hit someone who is crossing at the intersection of Millburn Avenue and Main Street. A texting driver can hit a pedestrian out walking on Essex Street. An aggressive driver can strike a pedestrian on Wyoming Avenue.
The drivers of vehicles have some protection in a crash, but pedestrians have none. Being hit by a car can cause severe injuries. These include spinal cord and other back injuries, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and concussion, broken bones, and damage to internal organs. Some victims are left with permanent disabilities.
Drivers have the legal responsibility to drive safely around pedestrians. This includes following New Jersey’s Safe Passing Law, which took effect on March 1, 2022. If there is a pedestrian in the road, drivers must approach with caution. When passing a pedestrian, drivers must leave a 4-foot safety zone or slow to 25 mph and be prepared to stop.
In addition, under New Jersey’s “Stop and Stay Stopped Law,” drivers must come to a complete stop when pedestrians are crossing in a marked intersection and yield to pedestrians crossing at an unmarked intersection.
Dealing with insurance companies after a pedestrian accident is difficult
When a negligent driver causes a pedestrian accident that leaves someone seriously injuries, they need to be held accountable. But that can more difficult than you might think.
Negligent drivers often deny doing anything wrong and don’t accept responsibility, even if they were clearly speeding, texting, or driving recklessly. That puts you in the position of having to prove negligence.
Insurance companies are supposed to help, but their main goal is to limit your compensation. They may question the seriousness of your injuries or seek access to your medical history to prove that they were pre-existing. Many times, they’ll make you a settlement offer that falls far short of covering all of your damages.
You need a dedicated pedestrian accident attorney on your side
Insurance companies have lawyers looking out for their best interests. You need an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer who will fight for you every step of the way.
Attorney Leigh used to represent insurance companies. But he also knows what it’s like to deal with them. When his family member was injured in an accident, there were many battles over coverage for medical expenses. It was a difficult time for the family, but fair treatment wasn’t a priority for the insurance company.
Seeing what a relative went through allowed attorney Leigh to put himself in your shoes. He understands the impact an injury can have on you and your family. He knows how frustrating and confusing it can be when dealing with insurance companies. And he is dedicated to making a difference.
We build strong cases insurance companies can’t ignore
Our firm investigates your accident to get the facts. We gather evidence that can help us prove negligence. Attorney Leigh carefully reviews accident reports and other documentation. He interviews witnesses and if needed, consults accident reconstruction experts and other specialists.
Attorney Leigh personally guides you through the claims process every step of the way. There are no case managers at our firm. And if you ever have a question or concern, you can call him directly on his cell phone.
The Leigh Law Firm is committed to helping you recover maximum compensation, either through a negotiated settlement or a jury verdict. This may include compensation for all current and future medical expenses, lost wages if you couldn’t work, and other damages such as pain and suffering.
Contact us today for a free consultation
If you were hurt in a pedestrian accident in Northern New Jersey, learn more about how we can help during a free consultation. Attorney Leigh can review the details of your case, discuss your legal options for recovering compensation and give you an idea of what to expect during the process. He can also answer any questions you have.
You may not be sure about talking to a pedestrian accident lawyer or even if you have a case. But it’s important to know your rights. There’s no cost and no obligation. Contact us to schedule your free consultation at our Millburn office or another location that is convenient for you.