A 29-year-old man was killed in a New Jersey car accident when the side mirror of a truck struck him. The Times of Trenton reports that the hit-and-run accident occurred on Nottingham Way near North Johnston Avenue in Hamilton. Officials say the man was getting inside his parked car when the mirror of a heavy-duty pickup truck struck his head. The truck left the scene. The man suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at a nearby medical center. The 37-year-old driver responsible for the collision was tracked down and arrested for knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident that caused death.
New Jersey motorists have a legal obligation to remain at the scene of an accident when someone has been injured or killed. According to N.J.S.A. 39:4-129 (a): “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 an individual who has been killed in a hit-and-run accident would be well advised to contact an experienced attorney who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights are protected. If the at-fault driver is found, compensation may be available for their losses by filing a New Jersey wrongful death claim. In cases where the hit-and-run driver is not arrested, compensation may still be available through the uninsured motorist clause of the victim’s own auto insurance policy.
The experienced NJ hit-and-run accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long and successful track record of representing families that have lost loved ones in New Jersey car accidents. Please contact us at (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive case assessment.