Finding out that a loved one was killed in a car collision in Massachusetts can cause overwhelming heartache and anger, especially if the victim was a bicyclist. Bicyclists are particularly vulnerable near streets because, unlike vehicles, they have very little protection. In this type of scenario, the family of the bicyclist who was killed has the right to pursue monetary damages through a wrongful death lawsuit in an effort to ease pain and suffering following the accident. The financial damages can also cover funeral costs.
One family is in this situation after a Massachusetts man was killed while riding his bike. The man, 58-years-old, was struck by a sport utility vehicle. The driver of the vehicle then left him for dead.
Police said the driver of the sport utility vehicle never did stop for the bicyclist. Authorities have noted that the vehicle was light-colored and should have damage to its front. Police continued to investigate the fatal crash.
The family members of the deceased bicyclist can rightfully file a wrongful death lawsuit in this scenario if the vehicle driver is captured. This driver may face criminal charges related to an alleged hit-and-run accident. However, a wrongful death suit can also be brought against a driver who is believed to be liable. Acts, including driving while distracted or disobeying any other rule of the road, could be considered negligent or reckless behavior depending on the situation, and, if this type of behavior can be established, the driver could very well be held liable.
Source: necn.com, Police investigating fatal Middleboro, Mass. hit-and-run, Katelyn Tivnan, Oct. 12, 2013