A 27-year-old bicyclist suffered severe injuries on Route 46 in Parsippany, The Star-Ledger reports in a story. The bicyclist, who has not yet been identified by officials, was discovered injured by another driver who then called authorities. The injured victim was found lying on the shoulder of Route 46 east between Cherry Hill Road and Lackawanna Avenue. The bicyclist was still straddling the bike he had been riding, the news report states. He was severely injured and was taken to an area hospital. Police are looking for anyone who may have witnessed this possible hit-and-run bike accident in New Jersey.
Whether involving a pedestrian, bicyclist, or another vehicle, leaving the scene of a New Jersey car accident is a crime. The law (39:4-129 – Action in case of accident) states: “The driver of any vehicle, knowingly involved in an accident resulting in injury or death to any person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident or as close thereto as possible but shall then forthwith return to and in every event shall remain at the scene until he has fulfilled the requirements of subsection (c) of this section. Every such stop shall be made without obstructing traffic more than is necessary. Any person who shall violate this subsection shall be fined not less than $2,500 nor more than $5,000, or be imprisoned for a period of 180 days, or both. The term of imprisonment required by this subsection shall be imposed only if the accident resulted in death or injury to a person other than the driver convicted of violating this section.
Section (c) of that code states the driver must give his name and address and show his driver’s license and vehicle registration to the person injured or to the individual whose property has been damaged. Motorists are also required under this law to render “reasonable assistance” to the injured party, which could include taking the person to a hospital or getting help to transport him or her to the hospital.
If you have been seriously injured in a New Jersey bike accident, pedestrian accident, or auto accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, please contact an experienced New Jersey auto accident attorney who will help hold the negligent parties accountable and help you secure fair compensation for your injuries and loss. At Lependorf & Silverstein, we are skilled in personal injury law have the knowledge and resources to provide the quality legal representation you need during this difficult time. Call us today for a free evaluation.