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Charges filed in Massachusetts bicycle accident causing death

When an accident leads to injuries or death, Massachusetts families and even entire communities can be devastated. In many cases, there may be no real answer to the questions of who caused the accident and why. In other cases, however, these questions may be answered through an investigation and may form the basis for criminal charges. That is exactly what happened recently to an individual believed to be responsible for a bicycle accident in June 2012.

The accident took place in the early morning hours when a 20-year-old bicyclist returning home from work was struck by a BMW. After this initial collision, the driver of the BMW, a 23-year-old woman, left the young bicyclist in the roadway. Another vehicle following this initial collision also struck the victim. The second driver stopped, called for help, and remained on the scene. Unfortunately, the bicyclist died as a result of the injuries she sustained.

The victim was a Dominican student and was in the United States on a work visa. Prosecutors believe that her death was directly correlated with being left in the roadway after the first collision. The driver of the BMW has been indicted, charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing injuries and death. An additional charge unrelated to the bicycle accident involves allegations that she allowed an elderly woman in her care to be injured by leaving the woman alone at the time of the accident.

Under Massachusetts personal injury laws, anyone who negligently causes or contributes to the injuries or death of another may be held liable for monetary damages in civil court. In fatal bicycle accident cases like this one, the family of the victim may choose to seek damages against the party deemed negligent to compensate them for their loss. While there is no true compensation for the loss of a loved one, damages awarded through successful civil claims can at least provide some financial support at a time when it is likely needed.

Source: capecodonline.com, "Woman indicted in bicyclist's death," Steve Doane, April 4, 2013

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