One of the ways that bicyclists can be badly hurt or killed is if a driver decides to suddenly open his or her car door into the roadway. If the driver doesn’t look to see if anyone is coming, doing that can cause the cyclist to swerve to avoid the door, making the cyclist move into traffic, or it can result in a head-on collision. This kind of incident shouldn’t happen, and when you’re in the road, you have the right of way like any other traveling vehicle. If you’re injured because someone swings a door open in front of you, it’s important that you’re aware of your right to file a claim. If someone you love has been killed in this kind of incident, you may be entitled to compensation as well.
That’s what happened in this accident, an example of why it’s important for drivers to be aware of cyclists. The bicyclist was killed following an accident in Cambridge. According to the story, the cyclist was a 27-year-old woman who had been headed toward the intersection of Hampshire and Cambridge Street at around 12:15 p.m.
There, she was hit by a landscaping truck, but that’s not the whole story. The news reports that the woman had to swerve or was hit by the door of an SUV, which knocked her into the path of the oncoming truck.
The Traffic, Parking & Transportation Department reports that there have been 69 crashes in that intersection between 2008 and 2012, with 15 involving cyclists. In this case, the woman did not survive her injuries.
Source: CBS Boston, “Bicyclist Dies After Being Struck By Truck In Cambridge,” June 23, 2016