A 34-year-old Jersey City woman, also the co-owner of the popular Kraverie restaurant, was killed in a recent bicycle hit-and-run crash. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the fatal accident occurred when a 24-year-old woman driving a 2008 silver Volkswagen struck the bicyclist on Marin Boulevard and then fled the scene. Police later arrested the driver. Police said the bicyclist was riding southbound in the northbound lane and was not wearing a helmet.
Local bike safety advocates are saying that this hit-and-run incident sheds light on the need for more safety measures on Jersey City roadways and increased driver and cyclist education. The city recently added striped bike lanes on Grove Street and plans to install 35.2 miles of striped bike lanes as well as 19.5 miles of shared lanes.
In addition to riding safely, following the rules of the road, and remaining visible at all times, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) urges all New Jersey bicyclists to wear helmets. Young people under the age of 17 are required under the law to wear an approved helmet when cycling. Each year, bicyclists are killed or injured in New Jersey bicycle-car collisions. The Division of Highway Safety reports that head injury is the most serious type of injury and the most common cause of death among cyclists. The most severe injuries are brain injuries that can cause permanent damage.
Regardless of who is at fault, it is important for anyone involved in an accident to stop at the scene of a crash and remain there until authorities arrive. Leaving the scene of an injury or fatal crash is a serious crime under New Jersey law. If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a bicycle accident, please contact the experienced New Jersey bicycle accident lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein. Call us at (609) 240-0040 or review our client testimonials to learn more about our successful track record.