Hit and Run Accidents Increase Dramatically in New Jersey
Hit and run accidents in New Jersey are on the rise. And they can be devastating.
The statistics are real and this hard lesson was brought home recently when a teenager riding his skateboard was mowed down in Englewood by a vehicle that did not stop. According to a video record, the driver incredibly got out of his car just a few blocks to check for damage, and then continued to drive away without going back to check on his victim.
At the time of this writing, the 15-year old victim is in a medically-induced coma after undergoing brain surgery.
New Jersey Hit and Run Accidents Are on the Rise
According to New Jersey State Police, fatal hit and run accidents rose 38% between 2013 and 2016, and most of the fatalities involve pedestrians.
One contributing factor for the dramatic increase is the escalating occurrences of distraction by drivers as well as pedestrians and bicyclists, primarily by electronic devices.
But driving while distracted doesn’t explain why some drivers leave the scene of an accident. Very often the driver panics and may be impaired with drugs or alcohol. The driver may have been illegally using electronics – New Jersey prohibits talking or texting using a handheld device while driving. The driver may be unlicensed or driving a vehicle that is not registered or insured.
Don’t Leave the Scene of an Accident
New Jersey law forbids leaving the scene of an accident, and there are stiff penalties even for a first offense. If a hit and run accident victim is injured or killed, a long jail sentence is possible along with fines and license suspension. Leaving the scene will also add multiple points to your driving record.
A second offense will impose even more severe penalties and, if the driver is found to have been driving while impaired, charges of aggravated assault or death by auto may result with even longer prison time.
Often the alleged hit and run driver will not be identified. However, in the Englewood case, the vehicle that fled the scene was caught on camera and a search may produce the driver. Anyone witnessing a hit and run accident should call the police and share as much information as possible, including the type of vehicle, color and visible damage.
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