Due to a variety of reasons, such as high gas prices, many Bostonians are trading in their cars for bicycles. In addition to saving money, cycling =is a great way to get exercise and minimize one's carbon footprint. However, cyclists must be careful on city streets. Many Boston drivers are unaware of the rules of the road when it comes to interacting with bicyclists, which can result in accidents that lead to a traumatic brain injury or worse for the rider.
Case in point, a 14-year-old boy was struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle from Stacy Middle School in Milford to the library that sits across the street from the school. It is unknown at this time what caused the accident, but speed was not a factor. The car that struck the boy was driven by an elderly woman who remained at the scene.
While it is unknown if the driver was hurt, the boy did sustain a head injury that could lead to brain damage. When assistance arrived at the scene, they found the teen to be unconscious. He had to be taken by helicoptor to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worchester.
Brain injuries are a serious concern. Brain damage can lead to permanent disability requiring long-term care and rehabilitation. If the woman is found to be at fault for the accident, she could be held liable for medical expenses and other compensation related to the boy's care.
At this time, the woman is not facing any criminal charges. The Milford police are continuing to investigate the accident.
Source: WCVB.com, "Teen on bike seriously hurt in car crash," Oct. 1, 2012