The Boston Globe is reporting today that bicycle safety groups are calling out for increased safety following the tragic death of Eric Hunt last week. Bicyclists are incredibly vulnerable on city streets and cycling advocates are calling for increased awareness and safety measures.
Tragic accidents involving bike riders happen with unfortunate frequency in Boston and Providence. The reality is that motorists are not well trained to keep a look out for bicyclists or pedestrians on the road no matter how many may be walking around the area. This accident, in particular, demonstrates a common and dangerous scenario. It appears that Mr. Hunt was attempting to pass an MBTA bus that was pulled over collecting and dropping off passengers. The bus merged back into traffic and struck Mr. Hunt causing his fatal crash. The bus driver never saw the bicyclist at the rear of his bus.
Drivers are aware of blind spots and potential hazards on the road, but are not as aware of bikers, runners, and pedestrians. Particularly in heavily congested cities, we need to share the road and be aware of one another to prevent any further fatal accidents. As a biker myself, I am increasingly aware of the danger. My condolences to the family.
Auto accidents involving pedestrians, bike and motorcyclists are inevitably dangerous because of how vulnerable the rider is. If you or a loved one is struck by a vehicle you need to hire an attorney who is aware of the particular dangers involving motorcycle and bike accidents and is able to obtain the most money for you. Contact my office right away for a free consultation.