Authorities in New Jersey have arrested a 34-year-old man on suspicion of leaving the scene of a serious hit-and-run pedestrian accident. According to a news report in The Star-Ledger, the accident occurred the night of June 18, 2011, in the Silver Beach section of Toms River. The man crashed his 2011 Lexus into a 17-year-old boy who was walking on the shoulder of the road and then fled the scene. The injured victim remains in critical condition following the New Jersey pedestrian accident. The man accused of leaving the scene of the crash may also face charges of hindering an investigation for allowing an employee to take blame for the accident.
According to The New Jersey Governor’s Pedestrian Safety Initiative, New Jersey consistently exceeds the national average for fatal pedestrian accidents. About 150 pedestrians are killed in accidents every year in New Jersey. When a pedestrian is injured, the motorist must remain at the scene of the crash.
When someone is seriously injured in a pedestrian accident in New Jersey, it must be determined who was at fault and who should be held liable. When driver negligence is a contributing factor, the injured victim may pursue financial compensation by filing a personal injury claim. Even in cases involving a hit-and-run driver, a skilled personal injury attorney can help an injured pedestrian pursue compensation for the injuries suffered in the crash. If the at-fault driver is uninsured, the victim can claim compensation through the uninsured motorist clause of their auto insurance policy.
The skilled Princeton pedestrian accident lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein know how to get injured victims of hit-and-run accidents the compensation they need and rightfully deserve. If you have been injured in a hit-and-run crash, please contact us 609-240-0040 to find out how we can help.