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Fatal accident leaves North Carolina motorcyclist dead


Riding a motorcycle is a great way to relax and enjoy North Carolina's open roads. It can also be a great way to travel to work, school and family events. Sadly, though, since these vehicles are so small, many motorists fail to properly notice them. This places motorcyclists at great risk of harm and even death.

Unfortunately, one fatal accident recently claimed the life of one North Carolina man and left his wife in critical condition. Reports indicate the couple was riding on a motorcycle when a 50-year-old man who was driving a another vehicle did not yield to the motorcycle. This failure to yield resulted in the truck to pulling out into the path of the motorcycle, thus causing the fatal accident. The pickup driver has since been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

Losing a loved one to a motorcycle accident is unexpected and tragic. Even those who are fortunate enough to live through such a crash may nonetheless have to live with serious, sometimes life-changing injuries. Accident victims and their families may struggle to cope with physical and emotional losses as well as their new found financial burdens. Medical expenses, funeral costs and lost wages often leave these individuals in a tough financial position where meeting everyday expenses is difficult or impossible.

The good news is that those who are injured or who lose a loved one in an accident caused by a negligent driver can file a lawsuit against that motorist. A North Carolina attorney can often help these individuals strengthen their claim, giving them the best chance of success. If negligence is satisfactorily shown, then a jury may award a victim or his or her family compensation for their losses. Additionally, such a lawsuit may help reduce the motorcycle unawareness that plagues our roadways, thereby making the streets safer for motorcyclists.

Source: The Courier-Tribune, "One killed, one injured in Saturday accident," Chip Womick, June 2, 2014

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