Recently, a woman was seriously injured after her bicycle was struck by a hit-and-run taxi cab driver at Clinton and West Side Avenues in Jersey City, according to a news report in The Jersey Journal. Officials say the taxi driver struck the bicyclist, dragged her underneath the taxi cab, and then reversed the vehicle and drove away. The female bicyclist suffered critical injuries. Authorities are searching for the taxi driver, whom officials have identified as a man with dreadlocks and is about 5 feet 9 inches tall.
Under New Jersey Statute 39:4-129: “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.” It is a felony to leave an injured victim without offering assistance. Victims of hit-and-run accidents are often left holding medical bills and are faced with additional financial burdens such as rehabilitation costs and loss of wages.
When the authorities find the hit-and-run driver, the victim may hold the at-fault motorist civilly liable for the crash by filing a personal injury claim. Victims of New Jersey bicycle accidents caused by hit-and-run drivers who are not located may be able to file a claim with their own insurance company if they have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. If the bike crash was caused due to a dangerous roadway or intersection, the governmental entity responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held civilly liable for the injuries and damages caused.
The Princeton bicycle crash lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein have successfully helped injured victims and their families in New Jersey obtain just compensation for their damages and losses following a bike accident. Contact us at 609-240-0040 for a free, comprehensive, and completely confidential consultation today.