A 26-year-old man was injured in a New Jersey pedestrian accident involving a hit-and-run driver. According to The Star-Ledger, the hit-and-run accident occurred at Third and Pine Streets in Elizabeth. Officials say the man was crossing the road in a crosswalk when a tan-colored SUV turned left and struck him. The victim suffered abdominal and pelvic injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital. Officials are searching for the driver of the SUV whom they believe was traveling at a high rate of speed and failed to stop at a stop sign before striking the man and leaving the scene of the pedestrian accident.
It is a felony to leave the scene of an accident when someone has been injured or killed. According to a N.J.S.A. 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 drivers can pursue financial compensation for their losses whether or not the at-fault driver is tracked down and arrested by the authorities. Hit-and-run drivers who are charged with leaving the scene of a crash can be held accountable for their actions through civil litigation. When the driver is not found, however, compensation may still be available through the uninsured motorist clause of the victim’s own insurance policy.
The experienced NJ hit-and-run car accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein have a successful track record of helping car accident victims affected by hit-and-run drivers or uninsured motorists. Hit-and-run accidents can be complicated and it is important to have an experienced personal injury attorney by your side fighting for your rights. Please contact us at (609) 240-0040 for a free case assessment.