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Pedestrian Accidents

Recover for Your Pedestrian Accident in New Jersey

Experienced lawyers advocate for the safety of bikers, runners and walkers on NJ roadways

In the more than 65 years since Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC was established by two dedicated Harvard Law School graduates, New Jersey’s roads have become more congested and more dangerous for pedestrians. Walkers, runners and bikers face significant risks of serious and fatal injuries when they travel along the roadways or cross the streets. Our attorneys demand that your rights are respected and that you are compensated for your injuries if a driver hits you.

Investigating a pedestrian accident case

Our lawyers thoroughly investigate your case and collect crucial evidence about the driver’s negligence. In consultation with accident reconstructors and medical professionals, we re-create the events leading up to and during your accident to help us determine fault and present our findings at trial.

Collect your rightful damages from insurance companies

The driver’s automobile insurance company should pay damages caused by the accident. Unfortunately, many companies attempt to lowball injury victims or blame the pedestrian for the crash. Our personal injury lawyers are often able to quickly negotiate an equitable settlement with the driver’s insurance company, but we refuse to accept less than your rightful amount of damages.

We set pretrial motions and your trial date as soon as allowed by court procedures to pressure the insurance company to make prompt, reasonable decisions about settling your case. Our aggressive strategy avoids delays and gets your compensation paid to you sooner.

Hit-and-run and uninsured drivers

A high percentage of pedestrian accidents involve hit-and-run or uninsured drivers. Legal justice may result if law enforcement later captures the scoundrel who fled the scene, but you are unlikely to recover damages from the driver in this scenario. Our team first investigates whether your auto insurance policy covers your injuries. We also review your case for third-party liability claims, such as:

  • Municipalities for a poorly designed crosswalk, sidewalk or bike lane
  • Construction crews for blocking the pedestrian walkway
  • A bar or nightclub for overserving an uninsured drunk motorist
  • Other drivers who contributed to your accident

Don’t be a pedestrian accident statistic

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that nationwide, 13 pedestrians die in fatal motor vehicle accidents every day, with almost 20 percent of those killed by hit-and-run drivers. According to the New Jersey State Police Fatal Accident Investigation Unit, motorists on New Jersey roads killed 143 pedestrians in 2011. You can minimize your risks by obeying traffic laws that pertain to pedestrians.

Injured pedestrians may be entitled to compensation

To learn more about your rights as an injured pedestrian, call Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC at 862-263-0770 or contact us online to schedule your one-hour free initial consultation. We have offices in Elmwood Park, Dover, Bernardsville and Newton, and serve clients throughout the state. You pay nothing unless we win your case.

  • In 2020, we settled or won, at trial/mediation/arbitration, 112 personal injury cases. Our clients recovered over ten million dollars. Our firm set a record in 2020 by settling 15 cases for $200,000.00 or more. In the last eleven years, we have settled/won over one thousand cases and our clients have recovered over 100 million dollars.
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  • Results may vary depeding on your particular facts and legal circumstances.
Our Offices
  • Dover Office
    77 Union Street, Suite 2A
    Corner of Rt. 46 and Union Street
    Dover, New Jersey 07801
    Phone: 973-366-3900
    Fax: 973-813-3360
  • Newton Office
    93 Spring Street
    Suite 406
    Newton, New Jersey 07860
    Phone: 973-512-2207
    Fax: 973-813-3360
  • Elmwood Park Office
    One Broadway
    Suite 304
    Elmwood Park, New Jersey 07470
    Phone: 862-263-0770
    Fax: 973-813-3360
  • Bernardsville Office
    150 Morristown Road
    Suite 103
    Bernardsville, New Jersey 07924
    Phone: 862-263-0770
    Fax: 973-813-3360