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Massachusetts motorcycle accident ends in devastating fatality

Negligence behind the wheel can result in tragedy. When it comes to an accident involving a car and a motorcycle, often the motorcyclist sustains the brunt of the injuries. Because motorcyclists are smaller and riders are more vulnerable, it is essential that other drivers stay alert and take note of motorcycles. Sadly, a tragic motorcycle accident occurred in Foxborough, Massachusetts when one driver failed to observe an oncoming motorcycle.

One afternoon in late June, a 24-year-old man was driving a van, headed west on Leonard Street. When he came to a stop sign at Central Street, he stopped. When he proceeded to cross the intersection, a motorcyclist -- who had the right-of-way -- crashed into the passenger side of the van. The married couple riding the motorcycle were pinned underneath the bike following impact, and bystanders aided police in lifting it off of them.

The 62-year-old man on the motorcycle was pronounced dead after being taken to Sturdy Memorial Hospital. His wife, a 61-year-old woman, was flown to Massachusetts General Hospital by medical helicopter and is currently in a medically induced coma. The 24-year-old van driver is currently charged with motor vehicle homicide, negligent driving and failure to yield to oncoming traffic. Two days after the accident, he was being held under a $5,000 bond.

The 24-year-old Foxborough, Massachusetts, native may be faced with legal difficulty since he had several previous offenses on his driving record and was on probation for another case at the time of the crash. Though he was not impaired when the motorcycle accident occurred, his fault appears to be certain. As such, the victim's loved ones may choose to seek civil justice through a personal injury claim. In cases like this, punitive damages often serve as some form of solace for grieving families.

Source: WickedLocal.com, "Driver charged in fatal Foxborough crash," Jessica Trufant, June 26, 2012

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