Authorities are investigating a fatal Massachusetts bicycle accident that involved a semi and claimed the life of a 40-year-old woman on Martha’s Vineyard.
According to the Martha’s Vineyard Gazette, the cyclist died on State Road near Camp Street, just west of Main Street. The crash happened just after 2 p.m. Tuesday and the 18-wheeler had just come off a Steamship Authority ferry.
While Massachusetts State Police are investigating, reports indicate the woman may have fallen off the bike and into the path of the oncoming semi. The woman, who was wearing a helmet, went under the flatbed portion of the semi.
Police report heavy traffic at the time of the crash and an accident reconstruction team traveled to the island as well as a separate truck accident investigation unit.
The woman was riding with a group of nine cyclists at the time, including her husband and two daughters, ages 7 and 10.
Those involved in an accident with a semi in Massachusetts should always consult a Boston injury lawyer experienced in handling cases involving large commercial trucks. Many state and federal regulations govern trucks and truck drivers, which do not apply to accidents involving passenger vehicles. The weight of a truck, its maintenance log, and the logbook of the driver, which details work hours and rest time, should all be thoroughly reviewed to determine whether the trucker was operating in compliance with state and federal regulations.
Massachusetts Accident Attorney Jeffrey S. Glassman handles trucking accidents and bicycle accidents in Boston and throughout Massachusetts. Call for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 877-617-5333.