What To Do After a Pedestrian Accident in New Jersey

Kathleen M. Reilly | 888-981-0027 | Free Consult

"New Jersey is a no-fault state when it comes to pedestrian accidents. And what that means is no matter who is at fault for a pedestrian accident, whether you are in a car or a pedestrian, the medical bills portion of a claim is the responsibility of the person who’s injured."

Without the protection of your own vehicle in an accident, pedestrian injuries can be severe or even fatal. If you or someone you know were involved in a pedestrian accident, it’s a good idea to seek legal counsel.

Kathleen M. Reilly is a personal injury attorney based in Kearny, New Jersey with over 30 years of experience. She is the managing partner of Brady Brady & Reilly, LLC. In this interview, she explains that you may need an attorney’s help when proving the extent of your injuries if you are hurt in a pedestrian accident in New Jersey.

To learn more, contact the attorney directly by calling 888-981-0027 or by submitting a contact form on this page. There is no charge for the consultation, and you never owe any out-of-pocket attorney fees.

Key Takeaways From Kathleen M. Reilly:

It’s important to note that some states are considered “fault” states in regard to pedestrian accidents, while others are considered “no-fault” states. This essentially means, if you are living in a no-fault state when the pedestrian accident occurs, regardless of who’s fault the accident was, the injured party will be responsible for their own medical bills.

If you are a pedestrian struck by a vehicle in a no-fault state, you will file a claim against your own insurance company if you own a car.

In no-fault states, this is the general rule for filing a medical claim as the injured party in a pedestrian accident. A pedestrian’s medical bills will be paid if they or someone in their household have valid automobile insurance, which mandatorily covers medical expenses. If you don’t have car insurance to file your claim with, some states have a dedicated fund you can apply to in order to seek medical care.

The pedestrian can make a claim against the driver of the vehicle that struck them.

This allows the pedestrian to potentially be compensated for their pain and suffering, loss of wages, and other potential economic damages as a result of the accident. However, if the pedestrian is partially responsible for the accident, they may no longer be eligible for compensation from the operator of the vehicular, or they may only eligible for a diminished compensation.

Document everything.

To the extent that you are physically able after the accident, call the police, take pictures of the car and person driving the vehicle, as well as pictures and/or videos of the scene, and the drivers’ information if possible.

Contact an attorney sooner rather than later.

The sooner you contact an attorney, the sooner they can begin collecting time-sensitive evidence that might reveal what happened. There is also a statute of limitations by which you must file for your claim or surrender eligibility for legal recourse. Severity of the injuries, necessary medical treatment, and permanent injury are all factors in deciding the value of a case.

Personal injury attorneys work on contingency.

This means that you pay no out-of-pocket fees. Generally, the fee for a personal injury attorney is a percentage of a verdict or settlement awarded to the client, but the attorney only receives payment if the case is successful. Otherwise, you owe no fees.

To learn more, contact Kathleen M. Reilly directly by calling 888-981-0027 or by submitting a contact form on this page. There is no charge for the consultation, and you never owe any out-of-pocket attorney fees.

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