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Tacoma, Washington – Bicyclist Injured in Hit-and-Run

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Posted on May 30, 2019

Tacoma, Washington (May 22, 2019) – A bicyclist was struck by a hit-and-run driver in the vicinity of 72nd Street East in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The victim, Jason Haley, felt his body take the brunt of the blow, though the extent of his injuries has not been specified.

The collision happened around 5:30 a.m. The victim was wearing a helmet and had his safety lights on, but despite these precautions he was struck by a a vehicle described as an older model red four-door sedan. The car struck the victim hard enough to have the side mirror snap off. Police are now looking for the responsible driver, and are searching for the red four-door sedan with a missing side mirror and possible scuff marks from the incident.

About Vehicle Accidents

Many of the things that apply to motorcycle accidents can also apply to bicycle accidents. Because a bicycle’s overall visibility is less than most other vehicles, drivers of other vehicles tend not to see cyclists in time.  This visibility problem makes bicycle rides at night especially risky. Unfortunately, because of a bicycle’s open nature, the risks of injuries are greater to a person on a bicycle than a person in a car. Injuries to the head are one of the risks, especially if the driver is not wearing a proper helmet. Limb injuries are also common. Much like any other vehicle accidents, bicycle accidents can easily come out of lapse of attention and careless maneuvers.  It is important to always observe proper driving and consideration for other vehicles considering all these risks in mind.

While bicycles are a much-depended means of transportation, drivers should consider factors such as speed, number of other vehicles on the road, the road conditions and weather to ensure their safety while out and about. Be especially cautious when driving at night, as with any other vehicle. Any mistakes in judgement can lead to accidents, injuries and damage not only to your person, but on other people as well.