Child Killed in New Jersey Bicycle Accident
A 14-year-old boy was killed in a New Jersey car accident when a hit-and-run driver struck his bicycle. According to a WPVI-TV news report, the fatal bicycle accident occurred in the 300 block of Parkville Station Road in West Deptford. Officials are looking into whether the young rider veered from the westbound lanes into the eastbound lanes where he was struck by a Toyota. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police say drugs and alcohol were not factors in the crash. The motorist failed to remain at the scene of the crash.
Under New Jersey law, all drivers are required to remain at the scene of a crash when someone has been injured or killed.
Hit-and-run accidents commonly involve bicyclists. If your child rides a bike in New Jersey, it is important that you teach him or her the following safety tips:
- Always wear a helmet. Proper bike helmets significantly reduce the chances of fatal head injuries.
- Stay to the far right. You have the right to ride in a lane of traffic, but you should ride as far to the right as possible to give vehicles plenty of room.
- Wear bright clothing. Increasing your visibility is key to avoiding a crash.
- Make eye contact. Never enter an intersection without making eye contact with the nearby motorists.
- Never ride at night. Children should not ride when it is dark out unless an adult accompanies them.
- Obey the law. Bicyclists have the same privileges as drivers, but they also must obey the rules of the road. This includes obeying stop signs and traffic lights.
If you have lost a loved one in a New Jersey bicycle accident, do not hesitate to research your legal options. Financial support may be available for medical bills, funeral expenses, pain and suffering and other related losses. An experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyer can help protect your legal rights and options.
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