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Hit-and-Run Crashes are Getting Out of Control in New Jersey

By Lependorf & Silverstein on July 1, 2022

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If you are struck by a negligent driver in New Jersey, your first emotions might be shock, frustration, and anger. While these emotions are totally justified, most negligent drivers actually do the right thing. They pull over, come to a stop, and check whether the injured parties are okay. They take accountability for their actions and wait for the police to arrive. They accept the consequences of their actions.

On the other hand, some drivers do not act in this responsible, accountable manner. Instead, they slam on the accelerator and put as much distance between them and the crash as possible. They run away. These hit-and-run drivers are more common than you might think, and they are guilty of one of the most grave and despicable traffic offenses in New Jersey. These offenses are especially heinous when injured victims watch negligent drivers zoom into the distance. Some injured victims even lose their lives due to hit-and-run drivers.

If you have been injured by a hit-and-run driver in New Jersey, do not sit back and expect justice to arrive at your doorstep. You need to take action, and the best way to do this is by getting in touch with a qualified personal injury attorney in the Garden State. Book your consultation as soon as possible, and you can sit down with a legal professional who can assess your unique situation. With our assistance, you can pursue justice and use your settlement to pay for your medical expenses, missed wages, and other expenses.

Family of Boy Killed in Hit-and-Run Says Seven-and-a-Half-Year-Sentence Not Enough

 On June 13th, it was reported that a New Jersey man had been sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for a hit-and-run crash that killed a 7-year-old child. The incident occurred back in 2019 when the defendant struck the boy with his work van at around 8 PM in Union. The boy was discovered lying on the road and was quickly transported to a hospital, where he died of his wounds two days later. Surveillance footage helped track down the defendant, who claimed that he “thought he hit a deer” when confronted by police. The family of the deceased victim say that the seven-and-a-half-year sentence is nowhere near long enough.

Paterson Hit-and-Run Leaves One Dead and Six Injured

 On May 19th of 2022, it was reported that a Paterson hit-and-run had left at least one victim dead and a further six victims injured. The suspect was driving a stolen Honda CR-V when they struck a police vehicle parked on the side of the road. The vehicle then proceeded to strike another vehicle and hit a number of pedestrians before finally being stopped by a light pole. The driver attempted to flee but was tracked down one block away from the crash. One of the injured individuals was reported to be in critical condition.

The defendant was eventually charged with aggravated manslaughter, death by automobile, aggravated assault, and leaving the scene of a fatal accident. The family members of the deceased victims later demanded answers, suggesting that the police department should shoulder some of the blame. They claim that the police were pursuing the defendant at the time of the fatality, potentially making the situation worse and endangering the lives of the public.

Double Hit and Run Leaves Man Dead in Orange

 On May 22nd, it was reported that suspects were still at large after a double hit and run that occurred about a week prior. The victim was struck by two different vehicles simultaneously, and both of these negligent drivers fled the scene. This shows just how serious the issue of hit-and-runs has become in New Jersey, particularly when no one was willing to take responsibility for their actions.

Enlist the Help of a Qualified Attorney Today

 If you have been searching for an experienced personal injury in New Jersey, look no further than Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. Over the years, we have assisted numerous injured victims, and we know how serious injuries caused by hit-and-run drivers can be. We also appreciate the frustration this incident can cause, and we are ready to guide you toward justice. Remember, internet research can only get you so far, and you really need to meet with a qualified attorney face-to-face if you’re serious about achieving top results. Due to the statute of limitations, you may lose your chance to sue if you wait too long. This is why it is best to book your consultation at your earliest convenience. Reach out now to get started.

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