Boston Student Killed in Crash with Public Bus

Bike accident lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm would like to draw attention to a tragic bike accident in which a Boston University student lost his life. A Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) bus driver is suspected to have a role in the accident.

The student, Chung-Wei “Victor” Yang, was killed at the intersection of Brighton and Harvard Avenues in Brighton when his bike and an MBTA bus collided.

Officials from the MBTA and the Boston Police Department are investigating how the bicycle crash took place, and the 58-year-old MBTA bus driver has been dismissed from service. The driver worked for MBTA for six years.

A representative of a District Attorney’s Office informed that no charges were launched against the driver at the time and the crash was still under investigation.

Bike safety is a major issue at Boston University and the city in general – a total of five bicycle deaths have occurred in the city this past year. Campus police strive to crack down on cyclists who run red lights, and persuade riders to wear helmets. Cyclist deaths are a top concern for Boston city officials.

Early in November, two city councilors requested a hearing to analyze bike crash information and number of deaths to determine better strategies to help avoid the accidents. One councilor opined that the increasing number of accidents called for an immediate hearing.

The city is in the middle of a “Master Bike Plan” directed at bettering roads for riders.

The incident in question is the second in 2012 involving the death of a cyclist in an accident supposedly involving an MBTA bus driver. In June, Transit Police and Boston Police questioned a MBTA bus driver after a Boston College graduate student was hit and killed while riding her bike.

Unfortunately, these fatal accidents are a nation-wide problem. A 32-year-old was recently killed in Chicago on his daily ride to work. An article on Kentucky.com reported that, as the man was riding his bicycle, he veered to avoid an opening car doorand was thrown from his bike, landing in the path of an oncoming semi-trailer. The man, Neill Townsend, died at the scene.

Chicago police cited the man who opened the car door.

Preliminary information from 2011 shows that motorcyclist deaths increased considerably in the first quarter and came down fairly in the second and third quarters. Over the course of nine months, the number of fatalities soared in the District of Columbia and 26 states, though fell in 23 states.

The 26 states with an increased number of deaths attributed the rise to increased travel, increased motorcycle registrations, a return to normal levels following an unusually low death count in 2010, and good cycling weather.

Head injuries account for the majority of fatalities in motorcycle and bicycle accidents. Even so, many people are reluctant to wear helmets.

The report reminds us that helmet use is a significant factor in the number of motorcycle deaths. When this protective gear is worn, 37 percent of deadly motorcycle driver injuries and 41 percent of deadly passenger injuries can be prevented.

If you were injured or lost a loved one in a tragic bicycle or motocycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for the suffering and pain caused. Get in touch with a personal injury attorney to learn about your rights and for assistance in filing a lawsuit.

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