A hit-and-run happens when a driver exits the scene of a crash without ceasing. Keep in mind that if you are in a collision, you are required by law to stop and provide any needed information, like your identification and proof of insurance. If you would like to learn more about the consequences of this offense, keep reading and give our skilled Bergen County criminal defense attorney a call today.
What are the consequences of a hit and run?
Many would assume that leaving the scene of an accident is a crime in New Jersey. Offenders can face up to one or more of the following penalties:
In cases of injury or death:
- A fine ranging from $2,500 to $5,000, a jail term of up to 180 days, or both. License suspension for a year, and permanent suspension for repeat offenders.
In cases of damage to the vehicle and/or property:
- A fine ranging between $200 and $400, a jail term of up to 30 days, or both. Licenses suspension for six months, or a year for repeat offenders.
It is important to keep in mind that depending on individual circumstances, more serious charges that come with more serious penalties may be utilized.
What are the different kinds of hit-and-run accidents?
- Pedestrian hit and run accidents:
Pedestrians are particularly in danger of fatal hit-and-run accidents because they lack the body of a vehicle to protect them. When the driver escapes the scene, it could be just like signing the victim’s death warrant as the immediacy of medical care can make the difference between life and death.
- Cyclist hit and run accidents:
Even protective equipment worn by cyclists does not supply complete protection in the face of a car crash. Victims can experience severe injuries such as bone fractures that require surgery or rehabilitation. In serious cases, the injury can even be life-changing. As children and young people make up a large part of cyclist hit-and-run accidents, it is essential that these victims have a legal professional on their side that can fight for them and their rights.
- Multiple vehicle hit and run accidents:
While you are more protected from a crash than a pedestrian would be, victims of numerous vehicle hit-and-run accidents have also faced serious life-changing injuries. Nevertheless, there is damage to your vehicle to be mindful of and repair costs to pay for. Furthermore, if you are a passenger, you may not have an insurance policy and end up having to pay large amounts of medical bills.
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