There is a certain level of inherent risk involved when an individual decides to ride a bicycle on Massachusetts roadways. Although drivers are expected to keep an eye out for cyclists and yield the right of way when appropriate, the fact remains that in a collision between a bicycle and a motor vehicle, the cyclist is likely to feel the brunt of the damage. Such was the case when a bicycle rider lost his life after being injured in an accident.
The incident took place on a recent Friday night in Medford. Massachusetts police are currently investigating the crash that took place between a motorcycle and bicycle on Route 16 near I-93. As of yet, there is no indication of the cause of the crash, or whether negligence played a role in the incident.
Police were called to the scene on report of a serious accident. When emergency responders arrived, they found the cyclist suffering from life-threatening injuries. The 29-year-old was rushed to a nearby hospital for emergency medical care, but was unable to survive his injuries. The 52-year-old male who was in operation of the motorcycle was also injured in the crash, but on a far less serious scale.
As of yet, no criminal charges have been made in the case. However, should police determine that the motorcycle driver was at fault in the matter, charges could follow. As for the family of the man who lost his life after being injured in an accident, their grieving process is still in the early stages. Should they decide to move forward with a civil case against the driver, they retain the right to do so under Massachusetts law.
Source: Boston.com, "Medford motorcycle, bicycle crash kills cyclist", , Sep. 6, 2014