Because of their smaller size in proportion to other vehicles on the road, motorcycles are often mistaken or misjudged by other vehicles. As such, the risk of accident may increase as visibility for such small vehicles potentially decreases, especially at night.
On June 10, one Massachusetts man was killed and another was injured in an automobile accident involving a car and two motorcycles. The Springfield crash occurred when an oncoming car turned in front of the motorcycles. Both motorcyclists dropped their bikes so as to avoid the crash, but one of the men was unable to avoid collision with the automobile. Both men were wearing helmets at the time of the crash.
The more seriously injured man was transported to Baystate Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The other man was injured, though not seriously, and it isn't known whether he required medical attention. No criminal charges have been filed, but an investigation is still underway.
It isn't clear what specific circumstances caused this Massachusetts crash. Investigators will likely be interested in the position of the vehicles and the damage sustained as they attempt to unravel who did what and when. If the driver is found to have acted negligently in causing the automobile accident, the surviving family of the deceased biker may be entitled to seek compensation in the form of a wrongful death claim.
Wrongful death is a legal term that occurs when a fatality is caused by the negligent or intentional act of another. A successful claim typically includes reimbursement for medical and funeral expenses, as well as other damages such as pain and suffering engendered by the fatal crash.
Source: Boston.com, "Springfield man killed in motorcycle accident Saturday night," Jaclyn Reiss, June 10, 2012