A new report using data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that fatal hit-and-run accidents increased from 2009 to 2011. During that same period overall traffic fatalities dropped. When a person is involved in a car accident and doesn't stop, they might face serious criminal charges. If the other person involved in the accident dies, the charges might increase in severity.
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, alcohol is often a major part of hit-and-run crashes. When a person is accused of a drunk driving related hit-and-run fatality, they might be wise to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Someone who is accused of a crime related to drunk driving might face charges in New Jersey, and those charges can be especially serious if someone is injured or killed.
An experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney can help a person accused of drunk driving or a hit-and-run understand their rights. They can evaluate the person's situation and ensure that police and investigators acted within the law in the way they handled the case. Forming a rigorous criminal defense can help a person avoid a lengthy prison sentence.
While it is important to be sensitive to any victims of an accident, it is equally important that a person isn't convicted of a crime they didn't commit. An attorney can help a person preserve their rights and work to maintain their innocence. A conviction for a drunk driving related death could result in a damaged reputation and years of imprisonment.
Source: USA Today, “Fatal hit-and-run crash on rise in U.S.,” Larry Copeland, Nov. 10, 2013