Every year, close to 5,000 pedestrians die from motor vehicle-related accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association. That number may seem low until you recognize that another 76,000 pedestrians were injured in 2012 alone due to accidents where they were hit by cars or trucks. These national numbers include accidents in New Jersey.
Non-vehicular pedestrian accidents take place, too. Things like slipping on a sidewalk, tripping on construction debris or getting hurt in neglected parking lots all lead to injuries. Pedestrians may be able to seek compensation for injuries regardless of whether the cause was a damaged sidewalk or a negligent driver.
To claim compensation, the pedestrian must prove that the defendant owed a legal duty to the pedestrian. For example, the driver should have stopped at a stop light that was red, or the business's sidewalk should have been kept maintained. When those legal duties are breached and cause an accident and injury, then the pedestrian has everything necessary to file a lawsuit.
More than one party can be at fault for your accident, and because of that, you may be able to seek compensation from a number of people or companies. For example, you could be held partially liable if you weren't following rules for a crosswalk or weren't paying attention to a dangerous area that you already knew was in disrepair. A driver can be held liable, as could the city if the crossing lights misaligned or were not working properly. Additionally, if you were hurt in a parking lot or on a sidewalk, the person who was responsible for maintaining that area could be held liable.
Source: FindLaw, "Pedestrian Accidents Overview" Nov. 11, 2014