Even the most experienced and careful Massachusetts motorcycle drivers are vulnerable to catastrophic and sometimes even fatal injuries on the road. A married couple from Andover Massachusetts are the latest victims. The woman, age 52, was pronounced dead at the scene and the man, age 46, is currently in critical condition as a result of a tragic motorcycle accident in Andover.
An investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing. Although not corroborated yet by the police, a witness to the fatal motorcycle crash apparently called the state police in Andover to relate the events he saw. He believes that the motorcycle crash was caused by the driver of a four-door light green Toyota Avalon with New Hampshire plates. The witness alleges the driver was speeding and cut across four lanes of traffic on the southbound side of I-93 at I-495. The motorcycle then crashed with an SUV that was stopped in the merge lane on I-93 after it had already crashed with another SUV. The passengers in both SUVs were not injured.
The witness believes that the speeding driver caused the fatal motorcycle crash. If so, the husband, who is in critical condition, may be entitled to recover monetary damages for his medical expenses, now and in the future from the negligent driver. He will also be entitled to recover damages for pain and suffering and lost wages.
A wrongful death action on behalf of his wife can also be pursued against the negligent party. Monetary damages for pain and suffering and loss of companionship can be recovered in this type of action.
Source: Eagle Tribune, "Witness says speeding car caused fatal motorcycle crash" Jill Harmacinski, August 13, 2012