Even the most respectable members of New Jersey society are capable of committing hit-and-runs. This was made clear when Jersey City Councilwoman Amy DeGise committed a hit-and-run against a cyclist, leaving the victim with severe injuries and failing to report the incident for a full six hours. Although nothing can turn back time and prevent these injuries from occurring, the defendant is at least facing consequences for her actions. Among other things, she is facing a $1-million personal injury lawsuit for her hit-and-run offense. But does this lawsuit have any real chance of success? More importantly, what can you do if you have suffered a hit and run in New Jersey?

Could Amy DeGise Be Forced to Pay Her Victim $1 Million?

 The cyclist who was struck by Amy DeGise is officially suing her for injuries to his spine, left foot, and left ankle. Amy DeGise, Jersey City, the City Council, and Hudson County have all been named as defendants. Is there any chance that this councilwoman could pay a seven-figure settlement? The video surveillance footage does not lie: The defendant clearly ran a red light, struck a cyclist, and then failed to stop at the scene. This constitutes clear negligence on many levels. DeGise has already experienced criminal consequences for her actions, including the suspension of her license for one year and a $5,000 fine.

But judging by Amy DeGise’s recent behavior, it is clear that she is ready to fight allegations. While she publicly apologized to the victim, she also sent mixed messages by saying: “I am thankful he was not hurt.” This suggests that DeGise is denying the validity and legitimacy of the plaintiff’s injuries. She never explained why she fled the scene of the crash and has refused to step down from her position in government despite numerous calls for her resignation. Further investigations revealed that she has numerous unpaid parking tickets and motor vehicle violations. Because of this defiant attitude, it seems obvious that the plaintiff will encounter real challenges as they attempt to seek compensation.

Hit-and-Runs are Common in New Jersey

 Amy DeGise’s situation is far from unique, despite being one of the highest-profile hit-and-run cases in recent memory. The truth is that average people suffer injuries in hit-and-runs all the time – even if they do not receive as much media coverage. In January of 2023, it was revealed that a driver had struck an electric bicycle in Edison before fleeing the scene. Police are now searching for the criminal driver and are asking anyone with information to come forward.

It is not just cyclists who are struck by hit-and-run drivers. In January of 2023, it was reported that a pedestrian had been struck and killed by a motorist in Glen Rock. The driver fled the scene, leaving prosecutors very little information to go on. While shocked, neighbors stated that this type of accident was “only a matter of time” due to the number of reckless drivers in the area.

In February of 2023, a $10,000 cash reward was offered to anyone who could help locate the driver who killed a 5-year-old girl in Newark before speeding away. The criminal was apparently driving a stolen pick-up truck at the time, and police are still trying to track him down. The father of the deceased victim was carrying the 5-year-old in his hands when he was struck by the truck. He was also holding the hand of his other daughter. Both the father and the second daughter are recovering in the hospital as of this writing. Police have determined that the truck was stolen from South Jersey, but they have yet to locate the driver or the vehicle.

 Where Can I Find a Qualified, Experienced Personal Injury Attorney in New Jersey?

 If you have been injured in a hit-and-run accident, you should get in touch with a qualified personal injury attorney at your earliest convenience. Although it can be challenging to receive compensation for hit-and-run accidents, you should not give up hope before you discuss your legal options with an attorney. The truth is that it may be possible to receive the compensation you need to cover medical expenses, missed wages, emotional distress, and any other damages you have been forced to endure. The case involving the Jersey City councilwoman proves that guilty parties can face consequences for committing hit-and-runs – including hit-and-run lawsuits. Book your consultation today to get started with an effective action plan. Choose Lependorf & Silverstein and give yourself the best possible chance of success.

The firm’s principals, Gabriel R. Lependorf and David E. Silverstein, have each been representing injured victims in the State of New Jersey for over thirty years.

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