New Jersey Hit and Run Attorneys
Learn About the Law and Available Compensation
The laws regarding car accidents in New Jersey are very clear: every person involved has a legal responsibility to remain at the scene until the authorities arrive. Those who fail to do so face very harsh penalties. But not all drivers follow these rules. Some drivers choose to drive away instead. They have committed a "hit-and-run."
Their typical reasoning? They are "worried" about the consequences they may face if they are found at fault, even when they have left a seriously injured person in the street! When this occurs, it leaves many hit-and-run victims wondering what their options are. If you have questions about your own hit-and-run incident, contact the NJ car accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. We offer a free consultation, so call (609) 240-0040 today.
Bicycle Accident Hit-and-Run
Hit-and-runs where a car has hit a bicyclist are some of the most serious. Victims can be left with severe injuries: broken skulls, broken limbs, and ruptured eardrums, to name just a few. An injured bicyclist may be susceptible to further injury if the car that hit them drives away - he or she may be unable to move out of the street. If other cars do not see him or her, the accident victim may be hit again and sustain further injury or even death. Hit-and-run bicycle accidents often require months of rehabilitation and, in many cases, the victim is never the same again.
If the bicyclist is also a driver with vehicle insurance, he will likely be able to go through his own insurance company to collect compensation. If the accident victim does not have his own car insurance, he may be able to collect compensation through the New Jersey Property-Liability Insurance Guaranty Association (NJPLIGA). Collecting compensation through the NJPLIGA is not easy, and it’s advised that accident victims hire a qualified attorney, especially when this is the only option available to them.
Motorcycle Accident Hit-and-Run
Motorcycle hit-and-run victims carry many of the same risks that bicycle hit-and-run victims do. Motorcyclists do not have the same protection as those riding in a car, which leaves them susceptible to severe injuries. And if those injuries are severe enough, these riders too may be unable to move themselves away from the road and approaching traffic.
Many times, drivers do not see motorcycles even when they are upright (which causes many accidents). This becomes even truer when a motorcycle or its rider is lying in the middle of the road.
But motorcyclists have some options when they are involved in a hit-and-run. All vehicles, including motorcycles, are required to carry insurance when they are out on the roads. However, this coverage rarely includes PIP or uninsured/underinsured motorist, so contact an attorney right away to find out what can be done if you are in a motorcycle accident.
Truck Accident Hit-and-Run
Truck accidents are often brutal. These crashes leave victims with very serious injuries and, in many cases, are fatal.
Those injured by a truck that has fled the accident scene can also go through their own car insurance policy when claiming compensation. If the injuries were serious enough to cause death, the family members of the deceased may also be able to go through the victim’s car insurance policy to claim compensation for the wrongful death.
Uninsured Motorist Coverage
Accident victims have a better chance of claiming compensation through their own insurance company if they have uninsured motorist coverage. This type of coverage provides compensation in accident cases involving another driver who doesn’t have insurance, doesn’t have enough insurance, or who fled the scene of the accident and is unknown.
In the past, New Jersey drivers had to carry this type of insurance coverage, but it is no longer a requirement by law. However, we recommend that every driver on the road should carry this type of insurance, as it will greatly help protect them in many scenarios, including hit-and-run accidents.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim
Filing a personal injury claim is always an option after a vehicle accident, but doing this is much more difficult when the offending driver has fled the scene. Because hit-and-run drivers often cannot be identified, it’s impossible to know who to file the lawsuit against.
For this reason, it is important to remember and collect as much information as you can from the scene of the accident:
- Make note of the model and make of the vehicle that hit you, as well as the license plate number (if possible).
- If there were witnesses to the accident, make sure you get written statements from them along with their contact information. This can sometimes be the best evidence when trying to locate the driver of a hit-and-run accident.
- Make a police report and keep in touch with law enforcement. Remember, hit-and-runs aren’t just civil claims; they’re crimes. The police will be trying to track down the perpetrator, and may even offer a reward for information from the public.
Lawyers for New Jersey Hit-and-Run Victims
Whether you plan to go through your insurance company or file a personal injury lawsuit, it’s imperative that you contact a qualified attorney after a hit-and run. In most cases, insurance companies will offer the lowest amount of compensation available and will even try to confuse or harass the accident victim by constantly contacting him or her.
An attorney can make sure the insurance companies deal with you fairly. In addition to that, it is illegal for an insurance company to contact an accident victim after they have been made aware that the victim has hired an attorney.
If you have been injured in a hit-and-run, chances are that you’re suffering from a great deal of stress and anxiety, and you may not know what to do next. At Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., we do. Contact us today at (609) 240-0040 to learn more about how we can help you collect compensation after your hit-and-run accident. This is a time of recovery for you, and you shouldn’t be worrying about insurance companies and personal injury claims. We’ll take care of that for you while you worry about getting better.
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