A 14-year-old girl was injured in a New Jersey pedestrian accident when a 19-year-old driver struck her and left the scene of the crash. According to a news report in The Star-Ledger, the hit-and-run accident occurred in the parking lot of South Brunswick High School in South Brunswick. Officials say the young victim was in a crosswalk in the parking lot when the vehicle struck her. She struck the vehicle’s windshield and suffered a severe concussion and a fractured clavicle. The 19-year-old driver returned to the school for classes and was arrested that afternoon for leaving the scene of an accident with serious injuries and endangering the welfare of a victim.
It is against the law in New Jersey to leave the scene of an accident when someone has been injured or killed. According to New Jersey 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.” Motorists are also required under New Jersey law to come to a complete stop at the crosswalk limit line and proceed only after the pedestrian has safely crossed the road.
Victims of hit-and-run accidents in New Jersey would be well advised to discuss their legal options with an experienced lawyer who will help them obtain fair compensation. Whether or not the driver is arrested, financial compensation may still be available for the victim’s medical bills, time away from work, the cost of rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and other related damages.
Each knowledgeable NJ hit-and-run crash attorney at Lependorf & Silverstein has a long history of handling crashes involving uninsured drivers in New Jersey. Please contact us at (609) 240-0040 to find out how we can help.