Old Tappan, NJ – Pedestrian Injured After Falling into Open Trench on Old Tappan Rd

Old Tappan, NJ – Pedestrian Injured After Falling into Open Trench on Old Tappan Rd

Old Tappan, NJ (May 26, 2022) – A pedestrian is in the hospital recovering from a leg injury he sustained when he fell into an open trench in Old Tappan on Thursday, May 26th.  

At about 10:00 a.m., local law enforcement officers were accompanied by fire crews and members of the Old Tappan First Aid Corps after responding to reports of a man who had fallen down a hole that was almost nine feet deep on a construction site on Old Tappan Road.  

A basket was deployed into the hole in order to safely extricate the victim. He was then transported by paramedics to a regional hospital for treatment. 

A regional rescue call went out requesting a medical chopper which was then put on stand-by and eventually stood down when rescuers determined it would not be necessary. 

Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for their full recovery.

Pedestrian Injuries in New Jersey

Old Tappan, NJ - Pedestrian Injured After Falling into Open Trench on Old Tappan Rd

Each pedestrian injury case is unique and the significance of that claim lies in the longevity and severity of the victim’s injuries. A claim’s worth is made up of the victim’s hospital bills and other medical expenses in addition to any lost earnings. These are added together along with any subjective, non-monetary losses like diminished quality of life, pain, and suffering.

When a pedestrian sustains injuries in any kind of avoidable accident, the first road to economic recovery they will pursue is going to be against the driver of the vehicle that hit them. This means the injured party will need to seek compensation for their losses from their car insurance provider. 

In certain cases, victims can be qualified to collect recovery by bringing a lawsuit against a third party, like a business, or the city, town, or county where their accident happened if it was caused by hazardous road conditions, a construction site that failed to take proper safety precautions or a poorly laid-out intersection. Pedestrian victims may also be eligible to collect remuneration from the insurer of the property owner or manager if a dangerous circumstance or condition on their walkway or in their parking garage played a part in the incident.

Basic forms of compensation that injured pedestrians are typically awarded include:  

  • Hospital, doctor, medical, specialist, and other healthcare provider bills
  • The expense of physical rehab
  • Paramedic and ambulance bills
  • Prescription medication costs
  • Transportation to and from required appointments
  • Lost earnings caused by not being able to work
  • Pain and suffering
  • Exemplary damages

New Jersey’s Comparative Negligence Act states that a victim is still able to collect compensation for their damages, even if they were assigned a percentage of the fault for the incident that caused their injuries. 

Contact our New Jersey personal injury lawyers at (800) 469-6476 immediately after an accident to schedule a free case evaluation.  

Notes: Outside sources were used in the creation of this post including news bulletins and first-hand accounts of the accident and injuries involved. As a result, the details of the accident presented have not been independently verified. If you have identified any false information in the story or would like the post to be removed, please inform us immediately, and we will correct the information or remove the post. 

Disclaimer: As a member of the local community, we at Metro Law strive to improve the overall safety and quality of life for everyone who lives in our beloved state. We are extremely saddened by these accidents but hope that through an awareness of these dangers, those in our community will take precautions to avoid these accidents. This is not a solicitation for business, and this information should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. We wish only the best and quickest recovery to all those involved in the accident. The photos depicted in this post are not from the actual accident scene.