It is not difficult to understand how an accident involving a car and a motorcycle can result in serious injuries for the biker. There is little protection other than a helmet, which some do not wear, and leather clothing. According to the Center for Disease and Prevention Control, the highest death and injury rate for motorcyclists is among 20-29 year-olds, followed by 40-54 year-olds.
In Boston and elsewhere, when there are no witnesses to a single-car accident, accident reconstruction experts are sometimes used to help determine the timing and nature of the events which led to the accident. The reconstruction expert would attempt to discover the speed of the car and whether the driver took proper evasive or defensive actions.
Occasionally a news story leads to more questions than it answers. Why was a pedestrian standing in the middle of a Massachusetts highway at 1:15 in the morning? And why would someone strike an object, stop the car, but then leave the scene of an accident?
The Google map view of Massachusetts exit 20B from Route 24 onto Route 139 gives us no clue as to what could have caused a fatal car accident. A divided highway and a standard cloverleaf should be easy to maneuver, even during traffic. There are multiple lanes going in each direction and nice long entry and exit lanes. So what happened?
Motorcyclists understand that the most dangerous part of riding a motorcycle, are the car and truck drivers sharing the road with the bikers. A well-known bumper sticker reads: "Start seeing motorcycles," but there are still accidents caused by inattentive drivers.
At 4:00 in the morning, the roads are relatively empty. Those traveling may be early morning delivery trucks, third shift workers and the occasional traveler. It is also a time that some late night drinkers head for home.
Interstate 495 near Wareham, Massachusetts, is a divided freeway. There are few ways to end up driving on the interstate going the wrong way -- and yet that is what happened.
According to a recent study, one of the 10 most dangerous jobs in the country is truck driving. The most dangerous job is fishing. Two of those professions intersected recently when a truck driver at a Quincy boatyard was killed in an accident.
New studies have shown that texting while driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving. In Massachusetts, a law made texting while driving a criminal offense as of September 30, 2010, if it results in an injury.
One Boston family is probably wondering how the accident could possibly happen. Another family may wonder why it had not happened earlier. Still other families are wondering how a tragic scene will affect their children.