Fatal Hit-and-Run Accident in New Jersey

The Star-Ledger recently reported that a 79-year-old Marlboro man was killed in a New Jersey car accident when the car in which he was a passenger was struck by another vehicle. The victim was travelling on the Garden State Parkway in Woodbridge when his vehicle was “rear-ended” by either an SUV or a minivan and was pushed into the center median. The SUV or Minivan left the scene of the accident and police are looking for a blue SUV or minivan with damage to the front driver’s side.

Under New Jersey Statutes section 39:4-129 (a), it is a felony to leave the scene of an accident when someone is injured in the crash. The law states: “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 until he has fulfilled the requirements of subsection (c) of this section.” Subsection (c) requires motorists to provide information including license number, vehicle registration number insurance information, and, most importantly, to assist in obtaining medical assistance for anyone who may have sustained injury.

In a hit-and-run accident, despite investigation by law enforcement, very often the at-fault party may not be able to be identified. In such cases, it may become a more complicated process for victims and their families to obtain fair compensation for their injuries, damages and losses; in such instances, recovery may be limited to available uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a negligent driver, including a “hit and run” or “uninsured” driver, contact one of the experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyers at Blume Forte. We will help you navigate through the complex legal process. Call us at 973-635-5400 for a no-cost consultation and comprehensive evaluation of your potential New Jersey car accident claim.

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