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How should you handle a hit-and-run claim in New Jersey?

Have you been hit by a car or know someone who has? Was it a hit-and-run? If so, you need to know what to do following the pedestrian accident. Some of this must be done at the time of the accident unless you are unable to do so. The most important thing to know is that to catch the driver, the police will need witnesses and your help if possible.

A hit-and-run accident is any accident that has a driver who leaves the scene without leaving contact information. For instance, if you were hit and the driver drove away from the scene, leaving you without any of his information, that would be a hit-and-run accident. Even if the police catch the person responsible in just minutes following the incident, it's still considered to be a hit-and-run accident.

If police are looking for the driver, you should try to remember the license plate number and the make and model of the car. There may be witnesses at the scene, and they can help.

Once the driver is caught, there are more options for you. In the meantime, you can use uninsured motorist bodily injury coverage for your medical expenses or uninsured motorist property damage to cover your car repairs.

Once you know who the driver is, you have a number of choices. You can sue for your injuries, pain and suffering or even a loved one's wrongful death. The police may also file charges in addition to your claims. Leaving the scene of a crime in New Jersey is classified as a 3rd degree crime, and that can result in 3 to 5 years in prison for the hit-and-run collision, according to Deadly Roads.

Source: DMV, "Tips For Handling A Hit And Run Driver Claim" Aug. 19, 2014

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