Hit-and-run or leaving the scene of a car accident is a serious crime under New Jersey law. New Jersey Statute 39:4-129 states: “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.” It is important to remember that victims of hit-and-run accidents have a right to pursue compensation for their injuries whether the police find the driver or not.
Victims of hit-and-run drivers would be well-advised to initially treat the accident as they would any other car accident. Victims, if they are in a position to do so, should write down every detail about the crash and collect information from anyone who may have witnessed the accident. It is also important to notify the authorities and seek medical treatment for any injuries suffered. If the motorist is found, the victim may hold the at-fault driver liable for the accident by filing a personal injury claim.
If a hit-and-run driver is not found, the injured victim may still seek compensation by using their own uninsured motorist coverage. Compensation may be available for any damages sustained such as medical bills, lost wages, physical pain and mental anguish. It is important to discuss your case with a skilled New Jersey personal injury attorney before speaking with your own insurance company or the at-fault party’s insurance company.
The experienced Princeton injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein protect the rights of New Jersey motorists. If you have been injured by a hit-and-run driver, please call us at 609-240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation. We will remain on your side, fight for your rights and strive to make sure that you receive full compensation for your injuries, damages and losses.