The family of Christopher Weigl is suing trucking company Ross Express and its employee John A. Brothers for his Allston, MA bicycle accident death. The 23-year-old Boston University graduate student died in December.
According to the plaintiffs’ Boston truck crash lawsuit, Brothers struck Weigle, who was in a bicycle lane while trying to make a left turn. They believe that Weigle had been riding cautiously, exercising the proper diligence for his own safety.
The family says that it was the job of the trucker and his trucking company to make sure they exercised due care so that Weigle was not struck. They say that Brothers should have known it was essential to be very careful, especially when operating his tractor-trailer in the busy urban area.
The Weigles believes trucking companies must make sure that their truck operators are properly trained.
Boston Bicycle Accidents
Bicyclists continue to be among the most vulnerable people on the road. Except for a helmet and possibly some bright clothing to make it easier for drivers to see them, cyclists don’t have a lot of protection in the event of a traffic crash-especially when the vehicle involved is a tractor-trailer or another large vehicle.
Now, biking advocates in Boston are becoming more vocal about making sure that trucking companies take greater responsibility for preventing bicycle accidents.
Injured bicyclists or the families of those that have died may be entitled to recover medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Also, you want to work with a Boston bicycle accident law firm that is experienced in working with large truck companies.
Bicyclist injuries from a Massachusetts motor vehicle crash may range from mild to catastrophic and can include:
• Head trauma • Traumatic brain injury • Spinal cord injury • Neck injuries • Internal injuries • Broken bones • Fractures • Death
You want to get a Boston bicycle accident lawyer on your case right away so that evidence can be gathered and preserved, and witnesses can be questioned while their recall of what happened is still fresh.
Allston cyclist’s family sues trucking company, The Boston Globe, October 25, 2013
Bike Statistics, City of Boston
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