A 22-year-old man was recently killed in a New Jersey fatal car accident involving a hit-and-run driver. According to a news report in The Gloucester County Times, the fatal hit-and-run collision occurred at Biedeman and River roads in Camden. Officials say the man was struck and killed by a late 1990s dark blue or black GMC Yukon or Chevrolet Tahoe. It is not clear what caused the accident, but it is clear the driver fled the scene of the accident. Anyone with information regarding the accident or the whereabouts of the driver is asked to contact the local authorities.
It is both morally reprehensible and against the law to leave the scene of an accident when someone has been injured or killed. N.J.S.A. 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 or as close thereto as possible but shall then forthwith return to and in every event shall remain at the scene.”
The family of someone killed in a hit-and-run accident may have it in their best interest to discuss their legal rights and options with an experienced lawyer who can advise them regarding their legal rights and options. If the authorities arrest the at-fault driver, it may be possible to pursue financial compensation by filing a wrongful death claim. If, however, the driver is never found, there still may be compensation available through the victim’s own auto insurance policy.
The New Jersey hit-and-run lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein offer their condolences to anyone who has lost a loved one in a fatal car accident. If you have lost a loved one due to a hit-and-run accident, please contact us at (609) 240-0040 for a no-cost consultation.