Drivers that are foolish enough to leave the scene of an accident in New Jersey can face consequences including license suspension, large fines, and time in jail. It is required for all drivers to stop anytime there is a car accident that results in an injury, death, or property damage. There is no way to determine if these scenarios are true without stopping to offer assistance to the other driver and any passengers. People are too often caught leaving the scene of an accident in an attempt to avoid taking responsibility for their harmful actions behind the wheel. The process is fairly similar if a driver accidentally hits stationary property or a parked vehicle, with a requirement to leave contact information if the owner cannot be located.
Any accident that results in an injury, death, or property damage is a legitimate claim to make with your insurance company. As long as you have coverage for uninsured motorists, it is possible to get help without the identity of the guilty driver. Do not hesitate to report the incident to the police and your insurance company, even in situations that your vehicle was unoccupied in a parking lot.
The moment you get an opportunity to speak with your attorney, you are urged to report the incident. If the police are able to identify the other driver, you can move forward seeking compensation in a civil case for their wrongful actions. This is really important to take legal action when possible to ensure that you are adequately covered for the pain, suffering, physical injuries, property damage, hospital and doctor bills, and lost wages.
You may feel completely lost, confused, and scared when you are faced with an unexpected car or truck accident. These feelings are amplified greatly when the other driver decides to leave the scene of the car crash without even stopping to check on you or your passengers. The best thing you can do is give us a call so that we can get you through the incident with advice and legal representation.