In the wake of last year's fatal bicycling accident, riders in Wellesley, Massachusetts, are increasingly concerned about their personal safety. Many area intersections put riders at risk for injuries due to truck accidents and other collisions, as evidenced by the Aug. 24 death of a 41-year-old man. The man's relatives filed a wrongful death suit against the driver and his employer, among other parties, in February.
The man was riding just two miles from his home when he was struck by the large truck. The wrongful death suit claims the driver of the semi-truck was driving with a suspended license. That driver also displayed a poor driving record from 1982 to the date of the accident, showing multiple license suspensions and other punitive action. Just one day before the crash, the driver had been cited for his involvement in another accident in Brockton. The family is seeking financial compensation from the man's employer because of their negligent hiring practices and failure to terminate an unsafe employee. Relatives are seeking damages, including punitive damages, along with attorneys' fees and other claims.