New Jersey teen driver flees scene of injury auto accident

Rutherford police officers recently apprehended a teenage driver who fled the scene of a Saturday midday car accident. The accident happened at an intersection when an unlicensed 16-year-old driver apparently failed to observe a stop sign and collided with a car driven by a 69-year-old Clifton man. The collision caused the second car to hit a post, some stairs, and a tree located on nearby property.

EMS personnel took the victim to the Hackensack University Medical Center, where he was listed with a serious lower leg injury. He is expected to make a full recovery.

The unidentified teenager faces several charges, including using a motor vehicle without permission from the owner, leaving the scene of an automobile accident with serious bodily injuries and four motor vehicle summons.

Car accidents can cause serious damage to people and property, both of which can be expensive to victims – not to mention those who cause them. Car accident victims often face mounting expenses from medical bills and sometimes lost wages from time off work, which is why personal injury lawsuits often follow accidents where negligence is a factor.

Driving requires focus on the road, the vehicle and other traffic as well as obedience of all traffic rules. In this case, if the young driver had kept an eye on traffic signs and signals, quite likely the car accident could have been avoided. And once that was no longer possible, the teenager needed to stay at the scene and call for help.

In a personal injury lawsuit, a victim needs to prove that negligence played a role or was a significant factor in an accident. This can be crucial if the court is expected to award compensation. The help of legal professionals can prove critical in incorporating all relevant facts and assessing the extent of damages that the victim can expect to collect.

Source:, “Unlicensed juvenile causes car accident,” Steven Graboski, July 11, 2013

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