New Jersey Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

With more than two decades of experience handling pedestrian accident cases, we’ve got what it takes to get your life back on track.

When you’ve been hit by a car, it’s hard to imagine how things could be any worse. You’re in extreme pain. The only way you’re ever going to get any better is with medical care – perhaps lots of it. And because you were walking at the time of the crash, you may not even know who is supposed to pay for the medical bills – or how you’re going to afford them.

New-Jersey-pedestrian-accident-3But if you don’t choose the right New Jersey pedestrian accident attorney, there could be even more problems in your future. Those medical bills could pile up. You might be out of work for months. And your life may never be quite the same as it was before the accident.

Console & Hollawell has more than 20 years of experience handling pedestrian accident claims in NJ. We’ll help you sort out complicated questions about bills and insurance coverage. We’ll investigate what caused the crash. And we’ll fight to get you every dollar you deserve.

For your free consultation, call (856) 778-5500 today.

What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident

A pedestrian accident is an emergency. Your unprotected body can’t withstand the impact of a collision with a two-ton – or perhaps even heavier – vehicle.

Often, victims of pedestrian accidents suffer severe, even life-threatening injuries. Some of the injuries our NJ pedestrian accident lawyers encounter most often include:

You should always seek medical care after a pedestrian accident. If your injuries are extremely painful or limiting – particularly, if they make it difficult to breathe, move or communicate – go to the emergency room right away.

Even if you think you are fine, it’s important to get checked out. The shock and adrenaline rush you experience immediately after a crash can overshadow even serious symptoms. Some injuries take hours, days, even weeks to fully present – but waiting to get help for them could still make them worse.

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Your health should be your first priority after a pedestrian accident. But too many victims fear that they need to make a choice between getting medical treatment and avoiding sky-high medical bills. That’s why it’s essential that you talk to New Jersey pedestrian accident lawyer right away.

Your attorney can help you figure out who will be accountable for paying your medical bills – and how much of the cost, if any, is your responsibility.

In a pedestrian accident, this can be a more complicated question than you would think. Who pays the bills depends on where you live, whether you have an auto insurance policy of your own, what choices you or someone else may have made on their auto insurance policy, and other factors.

Don’t let your concern about medical expenses or the claims process prevent you from getting medical care. Instead, let our NJ pedestrian accident attorneys handle everything.

We’ll make sure nothing – the cost, lack of transportation, difficulty finding a doctor, nothing – stands in the way of getting the care you need.

Fault in Pedestrian Accidents

In a pedestrian accident, fault plays an important role. Any kind of motor vehicle accident or personal injury claim involves liability, or legal responsibility for the accident. That means who caused the crash matters.

Console & Hollawell has handled pedestrian accident claims where the driver tried to blame the person they struck. One motorist claimed that the victim had appeared suddenly in front of the car – even when he was already 80 percent of the way across the street.

Our New Jersey pedestrian accident lawyers saw through that argument. To get to the bottom of accidents and their causes, we have tracked down witness accounts and hired pedestrian accident reconstruction specialists able to find out the truth about what happened.

If your injuries have made it difficult to remember the crash or the driver who hit you is lying about the cause, don’t worry. Just put your case in the hands of our personal injury attorneys in New Jersey, instead. We’ll begin thoroughly investigating your case from day one.

Sometimes fault may be so clear that the driver who hit you faces criminal charges, not just an average traffic ticket. This is especially likely if the motorist fled the scene or was driving while intoxicated.

Remember, though, that even if the driver who caused your pedestrian accident goes to jail, it’s only a moral victory. It may help you feel vindicated to see the motorist who struck you face the consequences – but it doesn’t lessen the effects the accident has had on your life. That’s why even if the driver is facing criminal charges, you still need to pursue a civil pedestrian accident case.

Pedestrian Accident FAQ

After a pedestrian accident, you have so many questions. Let us answer them for you.

If you don’t see your question here – or if you’re ready to discuss your case in more detail –we’re ready to help. Call (856) 778-5500 to learn more about your legal rights today.

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What Counts as a Pedestrian Accident?

Was your crash a pedestrian accident?

The pedestrian accident definition the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) uses includes just about anyone who was involved in a crash while not in a motor vehicle or on any type of pedal cycle or animal. You don’t count as a pedestrian if you were on a bicycle or riding a horse.

But if you were on foot – even if you were sitting or lying down at the time of the collision – then you’re a pedestrian. Whether you were walking, jogging, running or standing still, your case fits the meaning of a pedestrian accident.

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What Legal Rights Do Pedestrians Have?

Just because you were on foot rather than in a car doesn’t mean your rights aren’t important.

In fact, as a pedestrian, you’re much more vulnerable to serious injuries in a crash than someone inside a vehicle would be. Motorists have a responsibility to watch out for – and share the roads with – pedestrians, too.

Since 2010‚ New Jersey pedestrian accident law has required all drivers to come to a full stop for pedestrians in marked crosswalks. If the driver who hit you claimed not to see you – even if the motorist tried to say untruthfully that you suddenly crossed in front of them – we may be able to help.

Console & Hollawell’s pedestrian accident lawyers in NJ have experience handling cases where inattentive drivers tried to say the pedestrian appeared suddenly in their path. We’ve managed to prove otherwise – and get them hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation.

The victims of pedestrian accidents have the right to pursue a legal claim or lawsuit against the driver who hit them – and to recover money damages from that driver’s auto insurer. And, of course, they have the right to hire a NJ pedestrian accident attorney to handle their case.

What Compensation Can You Sue for in a Pedestrian Accident Claim?

When you’ve been hit by a car, you need every dollar available to you. So our pedestrian accident attorneys in NJ will seek compensation for every one of the losses you suffered because of this crash.

Economic Damages in a Pedestrian Accident

Some pedestrian accident compensation is intended to compensate you for what’s called economic damages. These are damages that have a clear financial value – like the medical expenses for treating your injuries and the lost wages while your injuries keep you out of work.

Non-Economic Damages in Pedestrian Accidents

The financial costs of your crash are certainly important. Seeing how much the medical bills and lost income can cost their families is what drives many victims to pursue a claim in the first place. But the truth is that you deserve compensation for all of the ways the collision has changed your life, not just those with a clear price tag.

Our attorneys always pursue compensation for noneconomic damages in a pedestrian accident, like pain and suffering. We know that you didn’t deserve this discomfort, these physical limitations. Quality of life is priceless – but when a careless driver takes it from you, they must pay.

Why Should You Pursue a Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit?

Compensation is an important reason to pursue a pedestrian accident claim. So is making the best recovery possible.

When your injuries are serious, your recovery could take longer than you expected. Sometimes the medical bills go from being just somewhat of a financial burden to being completely unaffordable. Pedestrian accident victims who choose not to pursue a lawsuit may find that they have to forgo expensive treatments like surgeries, even if they offer the best hope for getting better.

Don’t put yourself in this position. You deserve to get your health back and get your life back on track. No treatment that could help you should ever be out of reach.

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Why Do Pedestrian Accidents Happen?

It’s one of the most frustrating questions – why? Why did this pedestrian accident happen? And why did it happen to you?

Drivers who hit pedestrians do so for a variety of reasons. Sometimes these motorists fail to yield because they’re distracted – by a cell phone, a GPS, other car controls, or a conversation. Other times, they’re impaired, under the influence of alcohol or another drug. Some drivers are speeding, apparently in too much of a hurry to obey traffic safety laws.

It doesn’t matter what the reason for the motorist’s reckless behavior behind the wheel was. They failed to yield. They hit someone. And they’re legally responsible for the injuries they caused.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics


If you think walking is the safest mode of transportation‚ think again. Pedestrian accident rates suggest otherwise.

Motor vehicle crashes send 150,000 pedestrians to the emergency room a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And that’s not all.

Pedestrian Fatalities on the Rise

Without the protection of a car’s metal shell, pedestrians’ injuries have the potential to be far more serious than the injuries suffered by those inside the car. In fact, pedestrians are 1.5 times more at risk of being killed in an accident than the vehicle’s occupants are, the CDC reported.

The total number of pedestrians killed in accidents has varied in recent years. Pedestrian accident data from the NHTSA showed a drop in pedestrian deaths from 2005 – when 4,892 pedestrians died – to 2009, when the death toll was just 4,109.

New-Jersey-pedestrian-accident-2But the most recent pedestrian accident facts show that this is no cause for celebration. For the past three years, pedestrian fatalities have returned to earlier – and higher – rates.

In 2014, 4,884 pedestrians died on U.S. roadways – virtually unchanged from the high death toll nearly a decade before.

Unlike the total number of pedestrian accident fatalities, the percentage of crashes involving pedestrians has only gone up. In 2005, they accounted for 11 percent of all traffic deaths, the NHTSA reported. Today, that rate has climbed to 15 percent.

Fewer people overall are dying in traffic accidents. But pedestrians aren’t any safer.

Pedestrian Hit and Run Accidents

Unfortunately, when pedestrians are hit, they’re likely to be left to fend for themselves – left for dead, even – as the drivers flee the scene. One in every five fatal pedestrian accidents was also a hit and run.

If the driver had stopped to help, could the victim have possibly survived? Did the driver think that by fleeing the scene, he or she could get away with killing someone? It’s hard to guess what leads a driver to the heinous act of fleeing the scene of a crash – and it’s even harder to say what could have been if only the motorist had stopped.

If your accident was a hit and run, or if you lost a loved one in a hit and run pedestrian crash, you should know that you have rights – and that there’s a way to take action. Our pedestrian accident lawyers in New Jersey can investigate the crash for you.

Pedestrian Accidents in New Jersey

New Jersey has earned an unflattering title. For years, it’s been the fifth most dangerous state in the nation for pedestrians.

Our state has the fifth highest percentage of pedestrian traffic fatalities in the U.S., the Courier-Post reported. The situation is so dire that the state runs a “decoy program” to help enforce New Jersey pedestrian accident law. Plain-clothes police officers pose as pedestrians in order to catch and ticket drivers who fail to yield.

Pedestrian accidents can happen anywhere, from Edison, NJ, to Westfield. But a number of pedestrian accidents in NJ are happening on the same dangerous roads over and over again.

The state’s deadliest road, the Courier-Post reported, is Route 130. Next is Camden County’s Route 30. And, of course, every year brings a number of tragic pedestrian accident deaths near the Jersey Shore.

Our History of Success Handling NJ Pedestrian Accidents

Since 1994, our New Jersey pedestrian accident lawyers have handled many cases like yours. We’ve gotten victims of pedestrian accidents and other injuries more than $30,000,000 in compensation.

Some of our recent successes include:

  • $225,000 for a man who suffered torn knee ligaments, herniated discs, and neurological symptoms when a distracted driver struck him.
  • $250,000 for a senior citizen who suffered serious, ultimately fatal injuries in a pedestrian accident.
  • $450,000 for a man who was run over by a commercial truck as he crossed a busy intersection in Stafford Township, resulting in the loss of his big toe.

We have helped clients whose accidents were severe enough to put them in a coma, whose recoveries took years. We know the legal process and the rehabilitation process when it comes to serious pedestrian accident injuries. And we can help you get answers to all of your pedestrian accident questions.

When you put your pedestrian accident case in our capable hands, you no longer have to worry about any aspect of the legal claim. We’ll handle everything. From investigating the accident to dealing with the insurance company, from gathering your medical records to negotiating the maximum settlement available to you, we’ve got it under control.

And if the only way to get you the money you deserve is through a trial, then we’ll be ready to take the case to court.

Throughout your claim, you can count on our New Jersey pedestrian accident lawyers to be there for you every step of the way. We’ll launch an immediate investigation into your crash, get your medical bills paid, and handle all of the hassles of a legal claim. And with our No Fee Promise, we’ll do it all without ever asking you to pay a single upfront fee.

We don’t want anything to distract you from what’s really important right now – and that’s getting better.

The consultation is free – so what are you waiting for? Call (856) 778-5500 and start getting your life back on track today.

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  • AVVO Partner Award
  • Better Business Bureau Award
  • Best Attorney Award
  • Best of New Jersey Award
  • Million Dollar Award
  • No Fee Award
  • Super Laweyers Award
  • Top 100 Lawyers Award

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