There are times when the cause of an accident is easy to determine. However, that isn't always the case. A recent motorcycle vs. car accident in the Massachusetts town of Taunton on the night of Aug. 11 has provided police with an investigative challenge.
It isn't obvious what caused the collision. There were no curves on the road that could have caused one or the other of the vehicles to drift into the oncoming lane of traffic. There was significant damage to both the motorcycle and the car indicating that one or both vehicles may have been traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of impact.
The Massachusetts State Police accident reconstruction team has not yet ruled out any factor that may have contributed to the crash. Police are looking at speed, distracted driving, drugs and alcohol as possible contributing factors even though it does not appear at first glance that drugs or alcohol were present. The body of the motorcycle rider was found some 75 feet from where the vehicles ended up. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Under Massachusetts law, the family of a person that is killed in a car accident has the right to file a wrongful death claim against the party or parties deemed responsible for his or her death. However, until it is possible to determine that, it may not be beneficial to file such a claim. Often times, official police reports regarding accidents provide valuable information that can be used to prove negligence in civil actions without the parties to the civil action necessarily having to recreate that work at their own expense.
Source: Wicked Local Mansfield, "Motorcyclist in fatal Taunton crash identified; police investigating," Marc Larocque, Aug. 12, 2013