Swansea, MA – 76 Year Old Man Dies in Bicycle Crash

asphalt-bicycle-bike-686230-300x200Swansea, MA (July 1, 2018) – Tragedy struck for a bicyclist on Saturday morning in Swansea, Massachusetts.  Police there say 76 year old Jose Pacheco was riding a bike in the 500 block of Bark Street when he was struck by a a Jeep Wrangler.  Police received a call immediately after the accident an came to the scene.  Pacheco was suffering from life-threatening injuries.  He was transported to a nearby hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Swansea police detective Jonathan Boyd and Patrolman Kyle Harmon are investigating the cause of the crash.  They are being assisted by crash reconstruction specialists with the Massachsuetts State Police. No charges have been issued at this time, however, police have not said whether they expect to later issues charges.  The driver of the Jeep was identified as a 46 year old woman from Somerset, Massachusetts.  No additional information about the crash is available at this time.

Boston Bicycle Accident Attorneys

Bicycle accidents can be serious and even deadly.  This accident is a reminder of the risks bicyclists face whenever they go for a ride.  Bicyclists are especially vulnerable in congested and high traffic areas as well as roadways that are not clearly marked as bicycle paths.  Our thoughts are with the victim’s family and loved ones during this tragic time.

If a bicyclist is injured in a crash with a vehicle, it is first important to determine who is at fault, or negligent in the collision.  If the vehicle operator was negligent, for example by failing to yield, the bicyclist may recover from the driver’s insurance policy. In this case, it remains unclear who was at fault for the accident.  Subsequent police investigation, including statements of those involved as well as observations of any witnesses at the scene will be crucial in determining who was responsible for the accident and, ultimately, whether the bicyclist may look to the driver for compensation for his injuries.

Bicycle accident cases involve delicate issues of traffic and personal injury law and should never be handled without an attorney.  At the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman, we have assisted bicyclists injured in accidents in and around the Boston area.  If you are facing this situation, please call our office today for a free consultation to speak with one of our team members about your case.

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