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Clinton Township Police Searching for Hit-and-Run Suspect

By Lependorf & Silverstein on July 21, 2014

A 40-year-old man was driving with his 3-year-old son when a BMW rear-ended his 2010 Jeep Patriot and sped off. According to a Hunterdon Review news report, the hit-and-run accident occurred at the intersection of Route 31 North and Route 513 in Clinton Township. Officials say the High Bridge man stopped his Jeep for an emergency vehicle when a BMW X5 or X3 read-ended his vehicle. When he got out of his vehicle to check on his son, the BMW left the scene of the crash. Officials are searching for help in their search for the BMW. They believe it sustained heavy front-end damage and may have pulled into a nearby garage.

It is unclear from the report if the driver or his son were injured in this hit-and-run accident. Whatever the case, it is illegal in New Jersey to leave the scene of an accident when someone has been hurt or when there is substantial property damage. Under 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.” Furthermore, “the driver of any vehicle knowingly involved in an accident resulting only in damage to a vehicle, including his own vehicle, or other property which is attended by any person shall immediately stop his vehicle at the scene of such accident.”

Victims of hit-and-run accidents in New Jersey may pursue financial compensation for their physical injuries and property damage by filing a claim against the at-fault driver. However, authorities are unable to apprehend all hit-and-run drivers. In such cases, victims may have to seek compensation through the uninsured motorist clause of their own auto insurance policy. If a negligent motorist has injured you or a loved one, please contact the experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyers of Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. for a free and comprehensive consultation.

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