According to reports, a recent accident in Worcester claimed the life of a 31-year-old woman. The victim was riding a motorcycle on Plantation Street when it appears that a vehicle turned in front of her to access the Interstate 290 on-ramp. The victim and her motorcycle crashed into the passenger side of the vehicle and in the collision the motorcyclist suffered fatal injuries.

Although she was taken to a hospital the motorcyclist succumbed to her injuries and passed away. Investigators are looking into possible causes of the crash, including liability and possible mechanical issues with the victim’s motorcycle and the driver’s car. No criminal charges have been filed in the matter.

The loss of the victim’s life in this story is a tragedy that plays out all too often for motorcycle accident victims. If the results of the investigation into this crash confirm that the driver of the car made an illegal turn in front of the motorcyclist, then this victim may be one more motorcyclist lost to the inattentiveness of other drivers.

Drivers often struggle to see motorcycles and their riders because motorcycles are relatively small compared to other automobiles on the roads. This is not, however, an excuse for a driver to fail to be aware of their surroundings or otherwise violate their duty of care to others while operating their vehicles.

The family of the deceased victim may wish to seek damages against the driver if the investigation confirms that their loved one’s death was the driver’s fault. Wrongful death and other personal injury claims may help them pursue the losses they incurred when their loved one perished in this fatal accident.