It is common for car drivers who are responsible for striking a bicyclist to panic and leave the scene of the crash. When this happens, the injured victim of the hit-and-run accident and his or her family is left to deal with the medical bills and other expenses. Victims of hit-and-run accidents often wonder if the negligent driver responsible for their suffering will be brought to justice and how to seek compensation for their losses if the driver is never found. There are legal options available for hit-and-run victims and a skilled bicycle accident attorney can help.
If the authorities find the at-fault driver, then he or she can be held liable for the victim’s medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related damages through civil litigation. A personal injury claim against the hit-and-run driver can result in compensation for all of the victim’s losses. If, however, the motorist is not found, then there are other options available.
In cases involving a hit-and-run bicycle accident in New Jersey where the at-fault party is not arrested, the victim may pursue compensation for his or her suffering through the uninsured motorist clause of their own insurance policy. This is why it is critical that all New Jersey families purchase uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. This coverage can help support victims of hit-and-run accidents involving drivers who are not found, drivers who have inadequate insurance, and drivers who have no insurance at all.
The experienced Princeton bicycle crash injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long history of successfully helping victims and their families obtain compensation after a hit-and-run collision. To discuss your potential legal options at no cost, please call us at (609) 240-0040.