In New Jersey, victims of negligent drivers can pursue financial compensation for their losses by filing a personal injury claim. Losses that can be included in a civil lawsuit include medical bills, hospitalization, the cost of rehabilitation services, lost wages, and other related damages. However, this process becomes more complicated and challenging when the at-fault driver has left the scene of the crash and has not been identified or arrested by the authorities.
Victims of a New Jersey hit-and-run accident or their family are often left facing the financial and emotional burdens in the aftermath of such a traumatic incident. Victims are burdened with hospital bills, medical expenses, surgery costs, and loss of income to mention a few. Fortunately, even in cases where a hit-and-run driver is not found, the injured victim still has opportunities to claim compensation.
In cases involving a hit-and-run driver who has not been identified, the injured victim may have to file a claim through their own insurance company to seek compensation. This will be possible if the victim or someone in his or her family has uninsured motorist coverage. All New Jersey drivers would be well advised to secure adequate uninsured motorist coverage. Not only will this protect them from hit-and-run drivers, but also from motorists who have inadequate or no insurance. This type of coverage is crucial for all drivers. The Insurance Research Council (IRC) recently reported that roughly 14 percent of all drivers in the United States are uninsured.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a hit-and-run driver in New Jersey, the Princeton car accident injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Please contact us at (609) 240-0040 for a no-cost consultation and comprehensive case assessment.