Female cousins, aged 28 and 20, were injured in a New Jersey car accident involving a driver who left the scene of the crash. According to a report in The New Jersey Herald, the hit-and-run accident occurred in Voorhees. Officials say the 44-year-old driver had a suspended license when she struck the two women and drove away. The nature and extent of the victims’ injuries is not known at this time. The driver was tracked down and arrested the next day. She faces charges of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, endangering an injured victim, and causing injury while driving suspended.
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 (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.”
There are a number of reasons why drivers must remain at the scene of an injury accident. All motorists must exchange contact information after a collision, contact the authorities, and most importantly, do what they can to help the injured victim. It can be something as simple as calling 911.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a hit-and-run accident, it is important that you speak with a skilled personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation to ensure that the at-fault party is held accountable. At Lependorf & Silverstein, a New Jersey hit-and-run car accident lawyer will have experience getting victims fair compensation for their losses whether or not the at-fault driver is apprehended by local law enforcement officers.