Police in Jersey City have arrested a driver who reportedly critically injured a 27-year-old motorcyclist. According to a news report in The Jersey Journal, a 38-year-old man, was driving an SUV southbound on Routes 1 & 9 in Jersey City, New Jersey. The motorcyclist was behind the sport utility vehicle, traveling in the same direction, when the driver of the SUV made a sudden U-turn across the four-lane highway.
The motorcyclist collided with the SUV, which then flipped on its side. The SUV’s driver fled the scene on foot, leaving the critically injured motorcyclist and a seriously injured passenger at the scene. The driver was found shortly after the crash and arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault, leaving the scene of an accident, and endangering the life of an injured victim.
According to N.J.S.A section 39:4-129 (a): “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.” Subsection (c) of this statute requires all motorists involved in a New Jersey auto accident to exchange important information with other parties (insurance, license, contact information) and render aid to the injured victim or victims at the scene of an accident so they can get prompt medical assistance.
Negligent drivers in New Jersey can not only be criminally prosecuted, but also held civilly liable for serious injuries and losses caused to the victims and their families. Injured victims and their families can seek compensation for unpaid and future medical expenses, physical pain and suffering, lost wages and disability.
Experienced and knowledgeable New Jersey personal injury lawyers, such as those at Blume Forte, advise those injured in motor vehicle accidents of their legal rights and options. We are committed to helping our clients obtain fair compensation for their injuries, damages and losses. Call us at 973-635-5400 for a no-cost consultation and comprehensive evaluation of your potential claim.