Anyone can be involved in a New Jersey bicycle accident. Collisions can occur due to a number of different factors that usually include errors by those involved in the crash, whether it’s the mistake of the cyclist or the motor vehicle driver. Regardless of the factors that lead to the collision, however, it is often the bicyclist who suffers as a result of the impact. When the driver involved in the crash flees the scene and leaves a severely injured cyclist, the situation gets even worse.
On Aug. 27, according to NJ.com, a bicyclist sustained serious injuries in a hit-and-run crash that occurred around 10:10 p.m. on Route 17 southbound in Rutherford Borough in Bergen County. According to police, the cyclist was fixing his bicycle in the grassy median just before the Route 3 interchange when he was struck by a vehicle with a Maryland license plate. The vehicle, identified as a dark colored sedan, reportedly fled south toward the North Service Road and borough streets. Police said the bicyclist was seriously injured.
Studies reveal that 11 percent of all traffic collisions across the country involve a hit-and-run driver. Although state and local laws require motorists to remain at the scene after being involved in a collision, more than 1 in 10 crashes involve at least one motorist who flees the scene.
Victims of bicycle hit-and-run may incur significant suffering that would leave them in need of immediate medical help. The suffering they experience often continues weeks, months, or even years after the collision.
In New Jersey, hit-and-run crash victims may have the right to seek financial payment for their crash-related losses. If the fleeing driver is apprehended later, the injured cyclist may seek compensation against that driver or his automobile insurance company. If the driver is not found, the injured cyclist may still recover damages through uninsured motorist claim.
It can be difficult if not impossible for a bicyclist to seek justice if he was struck by an unknown driver. A New Jersey personal injury attorney can use private investigators and other resources to help identify the fleeing driver. Even if the injured victim is only presenting his claim to his own insurance company, a bicycle accident lawyer is also essential in presenting the claim in the proper format in order to prevent denial of the claim.