One of the first questions you may have following an auto accident is whether or not you need to retain the services of a personal injury attorney. This is particularly important if the collision involved a hit and run.

Accidents that are the result of a hit and run occur more than you may expect. As if being involved in a car accident isn't stressful enough without the other driver failing to stop. You may experience confusion and a feeling of being overwhelmed after a hit and run accident. 

Although you may be at a loss for what to do or who to contact, the following article will give you a little more insight about how to navigate a New Jersey hit and run accident.

What is Considered a Hit and Run in New Jersey?

After an auto accident, drivers are required by New Jersey law to stop and exchange personal and insurance information. Additionally, if there were injuries as a result of the collision, the at-fault driver is required to make an effort to assist the victim, which could include calling for an ambulance if needed.

Furthermore, you are required to contact police to report any accident where there is more than $500 in damage. This amount is small and even a minor accident can exceed this.

A driver may face both traffic violations and criminal charges if they flee the scene of an accident without stopping, exchanging information, and/or providing reasonable aid.

Do I Need a Car Accident Lawyer For a Hit and Run Accident?

Many people believe they should contact their insurance company after a car accident. Speaking with a New Jersey car accident lawyer about your case is highly recommended before speaking with any insurance company after a crash, including hit and runs. Even if you are legally required to notify your insurer any time you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, consulting with a lawyer first is in your best interest.

Insurance companies want to avoid paying out on expensive claims. Although they may appear to be concerned for your health and wellbeing, their main objective is to persuade you to accept the smallest payment they can. They will even encourage you to submit a recorded statement right away or demand that you accept a settlement that is far less than what your plan actually covers or what you are entitled to.

An experienced lawyer, such as Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law, will carefully evaluate your case and identify the options you have to collect damages. If you hire legal representation, they will handle all dialog with the insurance company and assist you with providing a statement that will benefit you the most.

Who Covers Damages in a New Jersey Hit and Run Accident?

Who pays when you’re involved in a hit and run accident? That’s a good question. Drivers in New Jersey are required by law to carry uninsured motorist coverage, which means the primary insurer for your hit and run claim will be your own insurance policy.

A law firm like Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law may be able to assist local authorities in locating the hit and run driver. However, whatever the case is, we will closely collaborate with you to file a claim or lawsuit on your behalf to obtain the damages you are legally entitled to.

Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law is Available 24/7

Hit and run cases can be complex, so it's important to retain the services of an accomplished NJ car accident attorney to defend your rights.

The team at Brandon J. Broderick prides itself in providing the best legal service possible. We care about our clients and do everything we can to ensure they are taken care of.

We provide free consultations. All you have to do is contact us and schedule an appointment.

Posted by: Brandon J. Bro…
Date: Wed, 05/10/2023 - 14:46

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