Altabur Choudhury Seriously Injured In Paterson Hit-And-Run Crash With Transit Van Near the Intersection of Bridge Street and Godwin Street
POSSAIC COUNTY, NEW JERSEY (October 10, 2021) – A 66-year-old man identified as Altabur Choudhury was seriously injured in a hit-and-run car accident with a commercial transit van by the intersection of Bridge Street and Godwin Street.
Paterson police officials are saying that the accident took place around 6:18 a.m. on Friday, October 8th. A 26-year-old driver in a 2021 Dodge Ram ProMaster van struck Altabur Choudhury and then fled the scene.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the location of the accident in order to help the victim. Altabur Choudhury was taken to the Saint Joseph’s University Medical Center with serious bodily injuries.
Police were eventually able to locate the driver of the transit van that fled. He has since been charged by the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office.
Liability In Paterson Hit-And-Run Van Accidents
Hit-and-run collisions that cause either a fatality or serious injury have been on the rise in recent years. According to the AAA Newsroom, “More than one hit-and-run crash occurs every minute on U.S. roads, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. These resulted in 2,049 deaths in 2016 – the highest number on record and a 60 percent increase since 2009.” There are a number of steps that can be taken to prevent pedestrian accidents.
- Drivers should abstain from alcohol or drugs that could impair them.
- Drivers should slow down during periods of low visibility or inclement weather.
- Cities should study intersections with a history of accidents.
- Pedestrians can help avoid accidents by wearing bright clothing.
Commercial drivers are held to a high standard in terms of safety. If a driver fails to exercise due care and hits a pedestrian they could be charged with careless driving. According to New Jersey Motor Vehicle & Traffic Regulation 39:4-97, “A person who drives a vehicle carelessly, or without due caution and circumspection, in a manner so as to endanger, or be likely to endanger, a person or property, shall be guilty of careless driving.” Drivers that are charged with careless driving could also face civil liability in the event someone is injured in an accident.
It is illegal to flee the scene of an accident in New Jersey that results in bodily injury or death. Under New Jersey Statute 39:4-129, drivers are guilty of a crime when they knowingly leave the scene of a collision that resulted in bodily injury or death. Drivers must remain at the scene and exchange license and insurance information. Depending on the specific facts of any case liability for a car accident could extend beyond a negligent driver.
Employers may be vicariously liable for an accident due to the negligence of their employees. This is typically true insofar as those workers were operating within the course and scope of their job duties. Some companies will try to evade liability for collisions by hiring their drivers as independent contractors. It is important to determine the status of a driver at the time of a collision. Victims of pedestrian accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Organ damage
Any person that is injured in a pedestrian accident may be able to seek justice through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Sadly, though, transit companies will often fight hard to deny responsibility for an accident. A Paterson pedestrian accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Paterson Hit-And-Run Car Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to Altabur Choudhury as he continues to recover. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to authorities. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of the victim.
This accident also raises a number of important questions. Was the driver of the van working at the time of the collision? Did they have the proper licenses and certifications? Could this accident have been prevented? Safety should always be the number one priority for any transportation company. But far too often this is not the case and it is pedestrians who pay for that with their bodies and lives.