The Massachusetts State Police are currently on the lookout for a hit-and-run driver that struck a police cruiser and injured a civilian. The accident occurred on I-395 in Chicopee early Saturday morning.
A state police trooper was stooped on the side of the Chicopee stretch of the highway near exit 4 assisting a motorist with a flat tire. A few moments later, as the motorist stood by the driver’s side window of the state police cruiser speaking with the trooper, an SUV swerved into the breakdown lane on I-395, colliding with not only the state police cruiser, but also the pedestrian standing at the window.
Following the accident, the SUV fled the scene of the crash. Police have described the SUV as being light in color and it will likely have heavy front-end damage as the result of the accident.
The pedestrian, a 40-year-old resident of Holyoke, suffered serious injuries and was transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Fortunately, the state trooper was not injured in the automobile accident.
When a driver flees the scene of an accident, it makes it more difficult for the victim of the accident to be compensated for his or her injuries accident. Luckily, in Massachusetts, most insurance policies have provisions that provide coverage for claims against hit and run drivers. If you have an active automobile insurance policy and you get struck as a pedestrian or in a vehicle that doesn’t carry insurance, you still may be entitled to insurance coverage. If you are involved in such an accident it is recommended that you contact your insurance agent or an attorney to assist you in finding out what coverage’s are available to you. The Boston pedestrian accident lawyers at Altman and Altman LLP have handled numerous pedestrian accident claims and have successfully resolved many of these claims- ensuring that all the medical bills are paid and that the client receives appropriate compensation for their pain and suffering.
Source: Cops seek SUV in I-395 hit-and-run, Boston Herald, August 29, 2010