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Truck driver sued for causing fatal bicycle accident in Boston.

Almost a year after the death of a 23-year-old graduate student from Boston, Massachusetts, his parents are in the process of suing the truck driver responsible, as well as the trucking company. The driver of the tractor-trailer truck allegedly attempted to make a right turn from the left lane. The parents believe that this action caused the fatal bicycle accident that killed their son who was traveling in the bike lane.

The family, along with the Boston cycling community, feels that the trucking industry should proactively work toward preventing bicycle accidents. They are of the opinion that trucking companies do not offer training with regard to bicycle traffic. They hope that, by filing these charges, the hazardous actions of many truck drivers will be highlighted, and that trucking companies will train their drivers to be aware of bicyclists.

It is reported that the final collision reconstruction report is pending. Once the report is available, however, a decision regarding whether to charge the driver will be made. It is not unusual for an investigation like this to take close to a year to complete.

According to the complaint, the cyclist had been carefully riding his bike and following all safety rules. His family believes that it would have been impossible for him to foresee the truck turning right at the intersection, as the truck was traveling in the left lane at the time. Their opinion is that the truck driver should have understood how vital it is to safely operate his tractor-trailer in such a busy area.

It is very difficult for anybody to cope with the unexpected death of such a young person, but the family of the deceased Massachusetts man retains the right to file a wrongful death claim against those deemed responsible for his death in this bicycle accident. A successfully litigated claim will not change what happened, but it could help the man's family with financial burdens stemming from the accident. It could also provide awareness on this subject that may benefit others.

Source: The Boston Globe, Allston cyclist's family sues trucking company, Martine Powers, Oct. 25, 2013

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