Bike rides are a warm weather pastime for many children in Massachusetts, but this classic summer activity comes with a risk when kids head off into busy streets. Parents can do what they can to tell their children to avoid the busier streets, wear a helmet, etc but one can't account for the actions of drivers on the road. When a young person is injured in an accident while on their bike, the potentially serious injuries can be devastating.
One teenage boy suffered one of these accidents this month when his bike strayed into the road. He had been biking with several friends on a trail on city-owned property at a section where the trail sloped to meet the sidewalk. The boy went an unknown distance into the road where he was struck by an oncoming vehicle.
The boy slammed into the windshield of the vehicle and was taken to the hospital with a serious head injury. His condition is not currently known, though he was responsive at the scene of the crash when paramedics arrived. The driver of the automobile that struck the boy claims that when the boy's bike entered the road he was unable to stop in time to avoid hitting him.
The accident is still under investigation, the conclusion of which will determine whether the driver is at fault for the collision. Should this happen, the boy and his family would be entitled to seek compensation for the serious injuries he has suffered. When a Massachusetts bicyclist is injured in an accident, it can lead to particularly severe injuries that may alter a victim's life. While nothing can take away the effects of an accident such as this, compensation can help to lessen the strain in those instances where it can be proven that the accident was due to the negligence of another party.
Source: The Patriot Ledger, "Teen on bike seriously hurt in Quincy accident," Fred Hanson, July 23, 2012