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New Jersey Statutes, Title: 39, MOTOR VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC REGULATION
Section: 39:6-78: Identity of vehicle, operator, owner unascertainable.
18. When the death of, or personal injury to, any person arises out of ownership, maintenance or use of a motor vehicle in this State on or after April 1, 1955, but the identity of the motor vehicle and of the operator and owner thereof cannot be ascertained or it is established that the motor vehicle was, at the time said accident occurred, in the possession of some person other than the owner without the owner's consent and that the identity of such person cannot be ascertained, any qualified person who would have a cause of action against the operator or owner or both in respect to such death or personal injury may bring an action therefor against the association in any court of competent jurisdiction, but no judgment against the association shall be entered in such an action unless the court is satisfied, upon the hearing of the action, that--
(a) The claimant has complied with the requirements of section 5,
(b) The claimant is not a person covered with respect to such injury or death by any workers' compensation law, or the personal representative of such a person,
(c) The claimant was not at the time of the accident the owner or registrant of an uninsured motor vehicle, or was not operating a motor vehicle in violation of an order of suspension or revocation,
(d) The claimant has a cause of action against the operator or owner of such motor vehicle or against the operator who was operating the motor vehicle without the consent of the owner of the motor vehicle,
(e) All reasonable efforts have been made to ascertain the identity of the motor vehicle and of the owner and operator thereof and either that the identity of the motor vehicle and the owner and operator thereof cannot be established, or that the identity of the operator, who was operating the motor vehicle without the owner's consent, cannot be established,
(f) The action is not brought by or on behalf of an insurer under circumstances set forth in paragraph (1) of section 10.
L.1952,c.174,s.18; amended 1955, c.1, s.9; 1956, c.150; 1958, c.99, s.6; 1983, c.362, s.2.1; 1985, c.148, s.11; 2003, c.89, s.22.
This section added to the Rutgers Database: 2012-09-26 13:37:51.
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