According to the Press of Atlantic City, a man has been charged in connection with a hit-and-run accident that left a southern New Jersey high school football player with severe injuries.
The accident occurred in Pennsville on June 7 when the victim was traveling near a roadway on his skateboard. He reportedly suffered serious injuries to his head, neck, leg and ear.
A 23-year-old man has been charged in connection to the accident with assault by auto, and knowingly leaving the scene of an accident with seriously bodily injury. He turned himself into authorities earlier this month and allegedly confessed to the being responsible for the accident.
Hit-and-Run Accident Statistics
Nationwide, hit-and-run accidents have actually been increasing over the years. In the most recent information available, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that the number of fatal hit-and-run crashes increased from 1,274 in 2009 to 1,449 in 2011, or 13.7 percent.
This is unacceptable. Often, drivers leave the scene of accidents because alcohol contributes to a crash. Additionally, some drivers have suspended licenses or warrants out for their arrest, according to a report by USA Today.
As the case above proves, there are severe consequences for drivers who allegedly leave accident scenes. Aside from criminal charges, negligent drivers can be held civilly liable if their actions lead to the death or injury of someone.
You should always stay at the scene of an accident, even if you were responsible for it taking place. Your failure to do so could result in further injuries, possibly death. Speak to our attorneys about how you can move forward with litigation if a hit-and-run driver has injured you and the person has been apprehended.
Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. – Atlantic City Accident Attorneys