For some people, there is nothing better than a motorcycle ride. Whenever the weather permits, they put on their helmets and other safety gear and take their motorcycle for a ride. Unfortunately, the negligent behavior of others on the road, especially of drivers of more traditional vehicles, often places the lives of motorcyclists at risk. For example, one North Carolina motorcyclist was recently killed after a collision with a motor vehicle.
In mid-February, the 39-year-old woman and another motorcyclist were traveling on a North Carolina road in the afternoon. Police say they were headed east. Reports indicate that a vehicle operated by a 28-year-old man crossed the center line, striking the woman and her motorcycle head-on.
A representative for the North Carolina Highway Patrol suggested that the woman could have done nothing to prevent the accident. Unfortunately, the woman died at the scene of the accident. The driver of the sedan was transported to an area hospital due to serious injuries. His current condition is unknown. He has since been charged with a misdemeanor charge for death by motor vehicle as a result of the collision.
It is sobering for many people to think that their life is protected solely by a strip of paint on the road. In the case of a collision such as this, there was presumably nothing the woman could have done to avoid it. As a result, her family is left coping with her death as well as struggling with the financial repercussions of it. In addition to funeral expenses, the family may also experience financial difficulty due to the loss of her income. Many people in similar circumstances have sought legal recourse in a civil court, and by successfully arguing that their loved one’s death was caused by another’s negligence, they were able to obtain an award of monetary damages as provided pursuant to North Carolina law.
Source: starnewsonline.com, Motorcyclist killed in head-on crash in St. James, F. T. Norton, Feb. 17, 2014