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No-fault insurance and jaywalking in New Jersey

People are hurt every day in car accidents, and many of those who are injured in New Jersey are struck by vehicles while walking along the road, crossing the road or in some other way encountering traffic while not in a vehicle of their own. These injuries can lead to death in some cases, and even those who survive could be facing medical bills that are quite expensive.

The first thing that they need to know about New Jersey is that there is no-fault insurance in this state. That means that the insurance should cover some of the expenses. Medical bills specifically are covered. Drivers are required to have insurance on their vehicles in order to drive them at all, so they must have at least this level of coverage.

In some cases, this insurance will even go beyond medical bills, covering the wages that were lost while someone was recovering and could not work.

One common myth about accident claims is that a person who was jaywalking cannot file a claim. This myth centers around the idea that jaywalking itself is illegal, so anyone who is doing it when they are hit is thought to be in a position in which the driver's insurance does not have to cover them.

However, this is simply not true in every single case. Even when not going through a crosswalk, drivers still have responsibilities to pedestrians and other drivers. They must watch the road and their surroundings so that they are aware of what is happening and what they could hit in any situation.

If you want to learn more about this, you will find our page on pedestrian accidents to have a lot of valuable information.

Source: Metro Law, "Newark Pedestrian Accident Attorneys" Sep. 03, 2014

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