Bicyclist Killed by Dump Truck on Massachusetts Ave in Boston, MA
Boston, MA — July 13, 2022, a bicyclist was killed in a collision with a dump truck near Symphony Hall at a Boston intersection.
According to reports the incident happened around noon at the crossing of Massachusetts and Huntington avenues. Preliminary investigation suggests the truck and bicycle were traveling side-by-side on the roadway when witnesses said the truck turned right through the bike lane and hit the rider.
The cyclist suffered fatal injuries in the collision. The truck driver remained at the scene.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Truck/Bicycle Accident in Boston
It sounds from reports like the truck driver wasn't exactly aware of the cyclist next to the truck before turning. While the driver may be inclined to argue the rider was hard to see or "shouldn't have been there," if they were riding in a marked bike lane as suggested it seems more like driver negligence was to blame for this terrible accident. If so, the rider's family may justifiably feel that the driver and the company behind him should try to make amends. They can't undo the damage, of course, but at the very least some accountability seems justified.
However, the company may not feel the same. Most commercial entities won't accept responsibility for these incidents unless compelled to, which means building a case on clear and indisputable evidence. People sometimes think that a few sentences in the news or a police report will be enough to secure the help they need, but those are rarely enough on their own. It generally takes abundant proof found by careful investigation--closer attention than police often pay to these incidents. Will the necessary steps be taken here to ensure the victim's loved ones get answers?