In the more than 60 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
To learn more about your rights as an injured pedestrian, call Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC at 973-366-3900 or contact us online to schedule your one-hour free initial consultation. We have offices in Elmwood Park, Dover, Mendham and Newton, and serve clients throughout the state. You pay nothing unless we win your case.