Although many accidents are reported each year in Massachusetts, no resident ever wants to be involved in one. Many accidents on the road cause serious injuries and accidents involving a car and a bicycle are not uncommon. Many precautions have been taken to avoid these accidents but, unfortunately, they do occur sometimes.
Recently, a 60-year-old bicyclist was killed while he was traveling near Westfield State University. A Ford Explorer traveling in the same direction hit the bicyclist, who was immediately taken to a hospital, where the doctors pronounced him dead.
The accident still remains under investigation by the local police department’s traffic bureau along with the State police. The driver of the Ford was not cited for the offense.
Sometimes, a driver’s neglect may cause accidents, which may lead to severe injuries or even death. The injured person may have to undergo several surgeries or long-term medical treatment. The person may also need rehabilitation. Additionally, due to the accident, the person may also be not able to work. All this amounts to more expenses and no source of income for the person. The victim may also face extreme mental trauma.
The person may claim, from the other driver, compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. The accident victim may have to show medical records to prove that the injuries were caused by the accident. The accident victim should seek the advice of a legal professional in this type of situation. The medical professional may help the person collect medical records and also negotiate the amount of compensation.
Source: Mass Live, “Westfield bicyclist killed after being hit by a car,” Jeanette DeForge, Jan. 13, 2013