Three people were injured in a New Jersey car accident involving a white work van that left the scene of the crash. According to a report by The Record, the hit-and-run accident occurred on Route 3 just before the New Jersey Turnpike in East Rutherford. Officials say the van sideswiped an SUV before driving away. The SUV careened across traffic and into a massive light pole. The occupants of the SUV were transported to nearby hospitals with minor injuries. It is not clear from the report if the driver of the van has been found or if any witnesses have stepped forward with information about the suspect vehicle or driver.
It is against the law to leave the scene of a NJ auto accident that causes injuries without exchanging information and notifying the authorities. According to 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 or as close thereto as possible but shall then forthwith return to and in every event shall remain at the scene.”
Victims of hit-and-run accidents are often left facing not only an uphill recovery but also the expenses associated with medical treatment and lost earnings. If the authorities arrest the hit-and-run driver, then he or she may be held liable for the injuries and losses sustained by the victim. If, however, the at-fault driver is not found, compensation may still be available through the uninsured motorist clause of the victim’s own insurance policy.
The reputed New Jersey hit-and-run injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein help crash victims and their families obtain just compensation for their losses. If you or a loved one has been injured in a New Jersey car accident, please contact us at (609) 240-0040 to better understand your legal rights and options.