Hazlet, NJ – Pedestrian Injured by Hit-and-Run Driver on Rt 36NY/NJ Legal News
Hazlet, NJ (July 15, 2022) – A pedestrian sustained injuries after being struck by a hit-and-run driver on the Jersey Shore, on Friday, July 15th. The incident took place at about 12:00 p.m. on Route 36 in the area of Airport Plaza in Hazlet.
After hitting the pedestrian, the driver of a Hyundai Sonata fled the crash scene, according to police.
The pedestrian was taken to a local hospital in unknown condition.
This crash is under active police review.
Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
Pedestrian Injuries in New Jersey
In most cases, when a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle, the driver is assumed to be at least partially at fault. Pedestrians injured by negligent drivers are entitled to recovery for their damages by bringing a claim of personal injury against the at-fault motorist.
Motorists owe a duty of care to others on or near the roadway, including pedestrians, and are expected to operate their vehicles responsibly, safely, and in accordance with the law. If a pedestrian is struck while in a crosswalk, the driver is almost certainly responsible because a pedestrian in a crosswalk has the right of way.
New Jersey law grants pedestrians the right of way in both intersections and crosswalks, meaning drivers are obligated to yield until the pedestrian has crossed the roadway. The law also says that, in a collision involving a car and a pedestrian in a marked or unmarked crosswalk in an intersection, the permissive inference will be that the driver violated the duty of care they owed the pedestrian.
Conversely, pedestrians are tasked with certain responsibilities that include crossing streets inside crosswalks at the proper time as well as looking both ways before they do so. Pedestrians who jump or run into the roadway, giving a driver no time to react, or pedestrians who stumble into the street while drunk or distracted, could be assigned a portion of liability for the accident. In New Jersey, even if a pedestrian does share in the liability for their accident, they are still entitled to collect comparative compensation.
The lawyers at Metro Law are always available to assist our clients by addressing any questions or concerns they might have about legal options open to them after being injured by someone’s carelessness. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Metro Law by calling (800) 469-6476 to schedule a free case assessment.
Notes: Outside sources were used in the creation of this post including news bulletins and first-hand accounts of the accident and injuries involved. As a result, the details of the accident presented have not been independently verified. If you have identified any false information in the story or would like the post to be removed, please inform us immediately, and we will correct the information or remove the post.
Disclaimer: As a member of the local community, we at Metro Law strive to improve the overall safety and quality of life for everyone who lives in our beloved state. We are extremely saddened by these accidents but hope that through an awareness of these dangers, those in our community will take precautions to avoid these accidents. This is not a solicitation for business, and this information should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. We wish only the best and quickest recovery to all those involved in the accident. The photos depicted in this post are not from the actual accident scene.