Bicyclist Fatally Injured in Springfield, MA Hit-and-Run Accident

Springfield police are searching for the driver of a light-colored Ford pickup truck that was involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident early Wednesday night.

Police are asking the public for help to find the driver, and are currently reviewing surveillance video from a nearby business to help identify the truck’s license plate.

Bicycle riding, while an efficient mode of transportation, is dangerous especially for individuals who choose ride at night. Unlike passengers in motor vehicles, bicyclists have no physical protective barriers against outside elements like cars, trees, guardrails, fences, and other large vehicles, and are at the mercy of others traveling on the road.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than a half million people are treated for serious bicycle-related injuries each year, and more than 700 individuals die each year. A majority of these injuries are head injuries attributed to not wearing a helmet. Though many people dismiss the idea of wearing a helmet because of atheistic reasons, or because they feel their short commute does not warrant wearing one, wearing a helmet could make all the difference, and could even save a life. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that bicycle helmets are 85-88% effective in preventing severe head and brain injuries. Other types of injuries commonly sustained in bicycle accidents include concussions, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, lacerations, paralysis, and death.

The aftermath of a bicycle accident is overwhelming and can be devastating to a victim or family. Victims and their families often wonder who is responsible for any medical bills, therapy, lost wages, and any other costs associated with the accident, especially if the accident was a hit-and-run. Those involved in a bicycle accident are advised to immediately contact an experienced bicycle attorney.

At the law offices of Altman & Altman, LLP our seasoned Massachusetts Bicycle Accident Attorneys have handled bicycle accident cases for nearly fifty years. We understand that no two cases are the same, and we have decades of experience dealing with insurance companies and recovering damages for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any other costs associated with a client’s accident. We also recognize the emotional toll an accident can cause and we practice with the utmost sensitivity and professionalism, while aggressively advocating on our clients’ behalf. If you or a loved one was the victim of a bicycle accident, do not hesitate to contact one of our attorneys. We are available around the clock to answer any questions you may have about your case, and all initial consultations are free and confidential.

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