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Pedestrian Critically Injured in Rahway Crash

By Lependorf & Silverstein on April 15, 2014

New Jersey Personal InjuryA 22-year-old man was injured in a Union County car accident when a Honda SUV struck him and sped away. According to a My Central Jersey news report, the pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of St. Georges and West Scott in Rahway. Officials say the victim was attempting to cross the road at the intersection when a blue 2005 Honda CR-V hit him and left the scene. He suffered head, chest, pelvic, leg, and internal injuries. The 64-year-old female driver of the Honda called the police after the crash. It is not clear if any criminal charges will be filed against her.

In New Jersey, drivers are required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians who are crossing the road at intersections and in crosswalks. Under New Jersey Statute 39:4-36, drivers must stop and remain stopped for pedestrians crossing the road within a marked crosswalk. Furthermore, if an accident does occur, the driver must remain at the scene of the crash, offer assistance, and call the authorities. Failing to do so can result in additional harm to the victim as well as criminal charges for the driver.

Injured victims can file a personal injury claim against the at fault parties seeking compensation for damages, such as medical expenses, lost income, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and other losses. Some victims of hit-and-run accidents may not have the opportunity to hold the at-fault driver accountable.

In such cases, support may still be available through the uninsured motorist clause of the victim’s own insurance policy. It is important to review and consider all possible legal options before making any decisions that can affect your injury claim. An experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyer will be able to advise hit-and-run victims about pursuing their legal rights.

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