Our New Jersey Accident Lawyers Relentlessly Pursue Justice For You
With the exception of road rage accidents and DWI accidents, hit-and-run accidents are perhaps the most infuriating of all accidents, due to the at-fault driver’s utter disregard of the welfare of the person he just injured. At Lomurro Law, we take satisfaction in securing full compensation for the victims of these highly irresponsible motorists.
It Is Possible To Win Compensation Regardless Of Whether The At-Fault Driver Is Ever Identified
The following mandatory auto insurance policies should cover your injuries in a hit and run accident that was not your fault, up to policy limits:
- Your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) policy. Coverage of at least $15,000 per person, but up to $250,000 for certain injuries, is mandatory for all New Jersey drivers.
- Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, if you carry it.
- The defendant driver’s liability insurance policy, if he can be identified and if he carries it.
In extreme cases of catastrophic injury, it can be difficult to find sources of sufficient compensation. In some cases, however, the defendant is well-insured or one of the defendants is a wealthy corporation that employed a negligent on-duty driver.
Will It Help If The Defendant Is Convicted Of Hit-And-Run In Criminal Court?
Yes – a hit-and-run conviction will be treated as powerful evidence in your favor, because running indicates that the driver knew he was at fault for the accident. Victory in your civil lawsuit is not guaranteed by a hit-and-run conviction in criminal court, however – you still need to prove that the defendant caused the accident and that he was driving negligently at the time the accident occurred.
Wrongful Death Damages May Be Available If Someone Other Than The At-Fault Driver Died In The Accident
If someone is fatally injured in a hit-and-run accident and the offending driver can be identified, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed. Considering the high damages awards typically awarded, the meager resources of the average defendant and the low coverage limits of most PIP policies, this option might not be practical. If the defendant was a commercial truck driver, however, his insurance coverage could run anywhere from $500,000 to several million dollars per accident.
The Law Doesn’t Enforce Itself – You Have To Fight Back
The amount of compensation you can receive through settlement negotiations depends on the other side’s calculation of your chances of winning in court. Once you retain a top New Jersey personal injury law firm, your chances improve dramatically. Contact Lomurro Law, at 732-482-9285 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation at our office in Freehold. We also offer consultations by videoconference.