A 45-year-old man was killed in a New Jersey car accident when a vehicle struck his motorized scooter and left the scene of the crash. According to The Associated Press, the fatal hit-and-run accident occurred on Absecon Boulevard in Atlantic City. Officials say the victim was crossing the road on his motorized scooter when a 42-year-old man struck him and drove away. The scooter driver was fatally injured. The hit-and-run driver was later apprehended and charged with leaving the scene of the crash.
There are a number of reasons why drivers should remain at the scene of the crash if someone has been injured or killed. The victim may be lying in the roadway at risk of suffering further harm. Calling the authorities could save the life of the victim. Also, drivers who are later arrested for leaving the scene of an accident can face serious legal consequences.
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.”
The family of someone killed in a hit-and-run accident would be well advised to speak with an experienced attorney who will stay on top of the ongoing investigation. Compensation may be available for their losses whether or not officials are able to track down and arrest the hit-and-run driver.
The experienced New Jersey hit-and-run victim lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long history of handling hit-and-run cases. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal crash, please call our offices today at (609) 240-0040 for a free consultation.