Pedestrian Critically Injured In Hit-And-Run Collision With Truck Or Van On Sicklerville Road In Gloucester Township
CAMDEN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY (October 23, 2021) – A pedestrian was critically injured in a Gloucester Township hit-and-run collision with a work truck or van along Sicklerville Road by Berlin Cross Keys Road.
Camden County police officials are saying that the accident took place around 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 19th. A pedestrian was trying to cross the street when they were hit by a white Ford truck or van.
The vehicle had a ladder rack and an enclosed cargo area. That driver left the scene of the collision and is currently being sought by Gloucester Township police.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. They were taken to the hospital with critical injuries.
Anyone that may have witnessed the Gloucester crash should reach out to police officials.
Liability In Camden County Hit-And-Run Car Accidents
Hit-and-run collisions are much more common than many people may realize. According to one report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, there were an estimated 737,000 hit-and-run collisions in 2015 alone. That amounts to one hit-and-run collision every 43 seconds in the United States. These accidents have resulted in over 2,000 fatalities in 2016. There are a number of factors that could potentially influence the likelihood of a hit-and-run collision.
- Distracted driving
- Drug use
- Drunk driving
It is illegal to flee the scene of a car accident that results in bodily injury or death. Under New Jersey Statute 39:4-129, drivers are guilty of a crime when they knowingly flee the scene of a collision that results in bodily harm. They must remain at the scene of the collision and exchange insurance information with all affected parties. Drivers that hit pedestrians and flee could be liable through a civil claim.
Depending on the specific facts of any case, liability could extend to a company that a driver worked for. Drivers of commercial vehicles will typically need to get a commercial driver’s license (CDL). They are held to a high standard in terms of safety. Generally speaking, when a commercial driver is negligent and causes an accident the company that they work for could be held at fault. Drivers in New Jersey have a legal responsibility to exercise due care to avoid hitting pedestrians. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any hit-and-run collision.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Fragments of the fleeing vehicle should be examined. Even a small piece of a car that broke off can help investigators determine the make and model of the fleeing vehicle.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- A personal injury attorney should be consulted.
Any person that is injured due to the negligent conduct of another driver 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. A pedestrian accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are. It is important to keep in mind that there are statute of limitations associated with pursuing civil claims.
Investigating A Camden County Hit-And-Run Car Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the pedestrian injured in this Gloucester crash. Anyone that may have information about what happened should reach out to the Camden County police department. The driver responsible for this crash should do the right thing and turn themselves in. It’s never too late to do the right thing.
This accident also raises a number of safety concerns. Was this driver working at the time of the collision? Were they aware they hit anyone? Could this accident have been prevented? The vast majority of pedestrian accidents can be prevented when drivers slow down and scan the road ahead of them.