Bicyclist, Pedestrian Killed in Boston Area Car Accidents

According to a recent report from the Boston Globe, a bicyclist and pedestrian were both killed after being stuck by large commercial trucks in separate accidents. In once accident, a 65-year-old female victim was hit by a large dump truck at around 1:30 p.m. when she rode her bicycle from the parking lot of a grocery store into the street. First responders arrived promptly on the scene, but she had died in the collision.

1253140_bicycleThe driver in a fatal Cambridge truck accident that involved a pedestrian was a 44-year-old man from Medford, Massachusetts who police have not yet identified. He was driving the dump truck as part of his job as a commercial excavation contractor. Police do not believe he was immediately aware had hit the victim but stopped as soon as he became aware and stayed on the scene so Cambridge police could question him. The Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office has not made any indications they intend to file any charges and said dump truck driver has been entirely cooperative with investigators.

Victim’s family was in shock following her tragic death and said this was just supposed to be an ordinary day for her. She was running an errand when her life was cut short by the fatal car accident.

As our Boston bicycle injury attorneys can explain, nearly half of all fatal bicycle accidents involve large commercial vehicles. Officials recommend the use of side guards on these large commercial vehicles and urge truck drivers to use extreme caution and watch out for bike riders who may be in one of their many blind spots.

Approximately an hour after this first fatal accident, a second fatal accident involving a pedestrian occurred at the Charles Street/MGH T station when a 69-year-old woman was hit and killed by a tractor trailer owned by a soft drink distributor. Witnesses to this accident say victim allegedly crossed against the light before being hit by the tractor-trailer, according to Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

An ambulance crew arrived at the scene and took victim to the adjacent Massachusetts General Hospital, where doctors pronounced her dead. Authorities say the 38-year-old truck driver immediately stopped and tried to offer assistance to the victim. He also stayed on the scene of this fatal Boston car accident and cooperated with police investigators.

While police did not believe he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, he was still required to submit to chemical testing pursuant to Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations.

If you or a family member has been involved in a serious traffic accident in Boston, you should speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Even if the police do not cite the other driver for a traffic violation, this does not mean you do not have a viable car accident personal injury case. Your attorney will be able examine the facts and conduct an investigation, if necessary, to determine if you have a case.

You should also seek prompt medical attention if you have been injured, so doctors can make sure you get any necessary treatment. A medical record will be created that may be helpful in proving your case.

If you are injured in an accident in Boston, call Jeffrey Glassman Injury Lawyers for a free and confidential appointment: (617) 777-7777.

Additional Resources:

Cyclist, pedestrian die in crashes in Cambridge , March 11, 2015, Boston Globe
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