A 54-year-old man was killed recently after a car struck his bicycle in Somerset County. According to a news report in The Star-Ledger, the fatal bicycle accident occurred on East Main Street in Bridgewater. The bicyclist was fatally injured when a vehicle struck him from behind. The driver of the Mercedes Benz involved in this fatal crash failed to remain at the scene of the accident. Officials have requested information from anyone who may have witnessed this tragic hit-and-run accident.
It is a crime to leave the scene of an accident, especially when someone has been injured or killed. New Jersey Code 39:4-129 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.”
The family of someone killed in a bicycle accident in New Jersey may pursue financial compensation from the at-fault driver by filing a wrongful death claim. This process becomes more complicated when the negligent driver leaves the scene of the crash and the authorities are unable to locate the at-fault party. In such cases, compensation may still be available through the uninsured motorist clause of the victim’s or the family’s own auto insurance policy.
The knowledgeable bike accident lawyers in Princeton at Lependorf & Silverstein know and understand how to handle complex accident cases, including hit-and-run accidents or incidents that involve uninsured or underinsured motorists. Please call our law offices at 609-240-0040 to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.