Serious motorcycle crashes have been continuously on the rise since 1997. This is reportedly due to a more than ninety percent increase in motorcycle sales. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently reported more than 16,000 injuries and 3,000 motorcycle-related fatalities on an annual basis in the United States. These statistics are likely to increase in the upcoming years. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, contacting a Boston, MA motorcycle accident attorney is a wise first step to take.
On June 21, 2013, Rene and Etolia Torres were traveling on Richman Terrace; they were stopped at a red light on Snug Harbor Road. Traveling in the opposite direction on Richman Terrace was Paul Lipka, a NYPD officer going to work in Brooklyn on his 2012 Honda motorcycle. Lipka was stopped at the red light about 2-3 cars behind the first car at the light. When the light turned green, Torres made a left turn. The car in front of Lipka did not move, so Lipka allegedly passed that car on the right and ended up hitting Torres’ car on the front passenger-side door. Lipka suffered severe head injuries and died a few days later. Rene Torres suffered a shoulder injury.
According to silive.com, the Torres family has filed a lawsuit against Lipka’s estate for $1.6 million. The lawsuit alleges that Lipka negligently went around the right side of two or three vehicles before colliding with Torres’ car. The lawsuit also alleges that Lipka failed to drive “in a manner and at a speed that was reasonable and proper under the prevailing traffic conditions.” Attorney Michael M. Freeman is representing the Torres family in this matter.