While it may go without saying that motorcycle riders must be vigilant in looking out for drivers, sometimes tragedies occur that end up being ominous reminders of the dangers that exist for riders on North Carolina roads. A husband and wife were killed in an accident when the motorcycle they were riding on was struck from behind by a pickup truck.
According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the couple was travelling on N.C. 87 when they attempted to exit and turn onto Carroll Drive. The truck was following the motorcycle and struck it as the bike slowed and turned to exit. The man and woman were thrown from the bike and were pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the truck was arrested and taken into custody. He claims that he did not see the motorcycle until they signaled to exit the highway. He reportedly said that at that point, it was too late to slow down and avoid hitting the motorcycle. The driver is charged with two counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. At this point, it is unknown whether alcohol played a part in the accident.
Aside from the criminal penalties, the truck driver could face civil liability as well. A wrongful death lawsuit is a legal action brought by surviving family members against an offending driver to seek compensation for a variety of things stemming from the accidental death of a loved one. Through wrongful death lawsuits, surviving family members can be awarded money for loss of companionship, lost future wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
If you have questions about wrongful death lawsuits, an experienced personal injury attorney can help.
Source: TheTimesNews.com, Husband and wife killed in motorcycle crash, October 11, 2013