A 42-year-old man has been accused of leaving the scene of a car accident and then attempting to cover up the evidence of the crash. According to a news report in The New York Post, the hit-and-run accident occurred in southern New Jersey on December 15. Police believe the man fatally struck a pedestrian and then left the scene of the accident. According to officials, the man then tried to pretend that he hit a deer by rubbing deer meat onto his damaged car. He faces charges of a felony hit-and-run crash causing death.
It is illegal to leave the scene of any New Jersey car accident, especially when it involves injury or death. According to New Jersey Statute 39:4-129: “The driver of any vehicle, knowingly involved in an accident resulting in injury or death to any person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.” The family of someone killed in an accident involving a hit-and-run driver would be well-advised to speak with an experienced New Jersey wrongful death attorney to discuss their legal options.
Compensation may be available to the victims of hit-and-run drivers even when the at-fault party is not found. In such cases, the uninsured/underinsured clause of the victim’s own insurance policy can be used to receive compensation for medical expenses, lost future wages, and more. If you have uninsured motorist coverage, you should be covered if you are involved in an accident with a hit-and-run driver.
The New Jersey car crash attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein understand the legal rights of car accident victims. We have a long history of holding at-fault parties accountable for the damages they cause. We offer free consultations to anyone affected by a New Jersey hit-and-run driver. Call us today at 609-240-0040 for a free, comprehensive, and confidential consultation.