It is always important for Massachusetts drivers to pay attention to the traffic and road conditions around them. A case could be made that it is even more important when the vehicle in front of a driver is a motorcycle. Because those riders are more exposed in a motor vehicle accident than those in enclosed passenger vehicles, their injuries are often more serious and even fatal.
An example of the fragility of the lives of motorcycle riders occurred recently on Route 16 in Massachusetts. A motorcycle began slowing in the area of a campground. The vehicle behind it failed to slow in time to keep from colliding with the back of the motorcycle.
Both the driver of the motorcycle and his passenger were taken to an area hospital. Hospital personnel pronounced the 61-year-old woman -- who was the passenger on the motorcycle -- dead shortly after her arrival. The 57-year-old man suffered serious injuries that were, thankfully, not considered to be life-threatening.
The driver of the vehicle that struck the motorcycle was taken to the hospital for observation. The crash is still under investigation by Massachusetts authorities. So far, the driver is not facing any charges, but it is not known whether that will change.
The family of the deceased woman and the man who suffered injuries in this motor vehicle accident may file civil actions against the driver. Proving his negligence to the satisfaction of the court could result in separate awards of damages. Any monetary damages gained could defray the inevitable expenses typically incurred in these types of tragedies.
Source: masslive.com, "Holland woman killed in SUV vs. motorcycle accident; Webster police, district attorney investigating", Megan Bard, June 30, 2014