It is unfortunately common for a driver involved in a collision to panic and leave the scene of a crash in which someone has been seriously injured or killed. Leaving the scene of a car accident is particularly common in bicycle-related accidents because drivers may either not realize that a collision occurred or may frantically flee the scene worried that they caused fatal injuries in the collision.
It is important for all drivers to know that they will face substantially more severe penalties for leaving the scene of an accident than they would have faced for remaining at the crash site. Additionally, remaining at the crash site to offer assistance and call for emergency services is simply the right thing to do.
Drivers are not only morally obligated but also legally required to remain at the site of an accident when someone has been injured or killed. According to N.J.S.A. 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 or as close thereto as possible but shall then forthwith return to and in every event shall remain at the scene.”
Victims of NJ hit-and-run bicycle accidents may pursue financial compensation for their losses by filing a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver. In such cases, compensation may be available for medical bills, lost wages, suffering, the cost of rehabilitation services, and other related losses. A knowledgeable bicycle accident attorney can help a victim, or a victim’s family, understand how their own insurance policy applies to an incident when the suspect is not found or when the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.
The experienced bicyclist injury attorneys in New Jersey at Lependorf & Silverstein have a proven track record of handling hit-and-run accidents in New Jersey. If a negligent driver has injured you or a loved one, please call our offices at (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.