A Car Hit Me While I Was Jogging, What Happens Next?
After last year and the pandemic crisis, many people have suddenly become more health conscious, or are interested to get back to their own personal health routines. Jogging is a good way to exercise, and help keep you in the fit form you need to feel better about your health as summer comes to an end and the winter months start to move in. As you are running, jogging or walking along the roads and byways, you are putting yourself at risk for being hit by a car. Pedestrians have the right of way in most states, but that will not stop an inattentive driver from hitting you while you are out getting your daily exercise near a roadway.
Who Pays for a Pedestrian’s Medical Bills in New Jersey?
If you are hit by a car out jogging, your status is that of a pedestrian and the accident is a pedestrian versus an automobile. You will want to get medical attention at the scene, be checked by a healthcare provider at a hospital or urgent care clinic, or otherwise see your doctor to ensure that you are alright after this type of an accident. Being hit by a car can produce serious personal injuries, including:
- Broken bones, hairline fractures of bones
- Concussion, traumatic brain injuries
- Bruises, contusions and lacerations
- Back injuries and spinal damage from a fall
- Crushing injuries from falling under a car wheel
Your medical bills will be paid by your own car insurance if you drive a car and are insured. This is because New Jersey is a no-fault state, your own car insurance Personal Injury Protection (PIP) will cover you if you are hit as a pedestrian. In the event that you don’t have car insurance, your other options may be that you can have coverage for someone in your family who has that type of insurance active. For example, if you are a student and live at home, you may be covered under your parent’s car insurance policy.
Coverage for Your Medical Bills Under PLIGA
Another option to get your medical bills from your pedestrian accident paid, may be to utilize the New Jersey Property Liability Guarantee Association or PLIGA fund. This fund is available to help cover your medical bills from a pedestrian accident if you don’t have car insurance and have no access to a family member’s coverage for car insurance. In some cases, there may need to be a lawsuit initiated to recover the compensation that you need to pay for your medical bills.
New Jersey Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Being in a pedestrian accident with a car can be traumatic, and you are bound to have many questions about who will pay for your medical bills and lost wages from work. We are here to help you in these cases, just call Sarofiem & Antoun at (201) 792–3333. We are able to talk to you about your pedestrian injury case, and can explain the next steps to receiving a full recovery compensation package to cover your medical bills, lost wages and other losses related to this type of accident. Just give us a call today, we are here for you.