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Cyclist killed in Massachusetts crash

A 29-year-old cyclist in Medford died after he was involved in an accident with a motorcyclist on Sept. 5. The collision happened between Daly Road and Hastings Lane on the Mystic Valley Parkway around 7:40 p.m. Emergency responders found both men laid out on the pavement approximately 50 feet away from one another. One victim was unconscious and bleeding heavily from the head. That individual was brought to Massachusetts General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The 52-year-old motorcyclist involved in the accident suffered injuries, but they were not life-threatening. As of Sept. 10, police were still investigating the accident and remained uncertain if charges would be filed against the motorcyclist. The Medford Bicycle Advisory Commission planned to discuss holding a vigil for the bicyclist at their next meeting. The MBCA chair said that many cyclists overlook motorcycles because they are accustomed to being on the lookout for larger vehicles. Surviving relatives of an accident victim may benefit from speaking with a lawyer about filing a wrongful death claim against the whoever is deemed at fault for the crash. If the lawyer can show that one party is culpable for causing the crash, the decedent’s family members may be entitled to collect restitution to account for medical expenses, funeral costs and other related damages. Wrongful death cases involving accident victims often hinge on legal counsel’s ability to prove that the defendant is liable for the damages based on driver negligence. Commonly cited behaviors that may qualify as driver negligence include reckless driving, speeding, violating traffic signals and distracted driving. Source: Wicked Local Medford, “Medford Bike Commission looking into Somerville cyclist fatality“, Alex Ruppenthal, September 10, 2014