All motorists have a responsibility to prevent causing injuries to others, and to stop when they are involved in a traffic accident. The New Jersey hit and run law requires the driver of any vehicle that hits another vehicle to stop and exchange driver documentation. If the motor vehicle accident involves injuries, the driver of the vehicle must stop and render aid to the individuals injured in the collision, regardless of which party was at fault for the accident.
According to police, a 29-year-old Mahwah man sustained injuries after he struck two other vehicles and smashed through a cemetery fence on Oct. 9 around 10:15 a.m. in Hackensack. The man was driving a BMW northbound on Hackensack Ave. when he ran a red light and struck another vehicle traveling eastbound on Temple Avenue at the intersection.
The BMW did not stop and continued traveling north. The BMW struck another vehicle at Hackensack Avenue and Devoe Place. The BMW careened through the fence of a cemetery and knocked over several headstones. The BMW driver was injured and had to be extricated from his car before he was taken to a hospital. The driver of the first vehicle struck was also transported to the hospital. The BMW driver was ticketed for running a red light, failure to keep right, careless driving, and leaving the scene of an accident.
When drivers fail to exercise reasonable care while operating a vehicle, they can cause a serious accident in mere seconds. While hit-and-run drivers are never found in some cases, the driver trying to flee in this particular case was apprehended immediately, which could make it easier for any other injured individuals to seek compensation for their losses.
While the hit-and-run driver faces criminal charges and fines for traffic violations, the other driver injured in this accident may make a compensation claim against the driver of the BMW for his or her medical bills, lost wages, and any other losses related to the crash. A New Jersey personal injury attorney can help innocent crash victims recover damages for the losses they incurred.