One of the most dangerous situations for a motorcyclist occurs when a driver makes a left turn and cuts off the motorcyclist's path. At that point, the motorcyclist has very few options to avoid a collision. Sometimes, they can lay down their motorcycles, but this can lead to crushing injuries and road rash. If they don't have time to maneuver out of the way, they face broken bones and being ejected from their vehicles.
That's what happened in this tragic accident in North Carolina. A man from Cofield is facing charges for the death of a motorcyclist he struck on Ahoskie-Cofield Road. According to the news report, the motorcyclist was struck as he attempted to pass the other man. The 42-year-old man was driving a farm truck at the time of the accident.
The motorcyclist's attempt to pass was legal, according to the report. However, the man driving the farm vehicle decided to make a left turn into a private drive. This cut off the motorcyclist, causing him to collide with the vehicle at around 10:50 a.m. It wasn't made clear why the motorcyclist didn't know the man was trying to turn. There are a few possibilities, one of which could be that the driver did not use a turn signal or used it after the motorcyclist had begun to pass.
The motorcyclist was ejected, and reports show he died at the scene. The police attended the scene and stated that the 42-year-old man has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle as well as a traffic violation for unsafely turning.
This accident may sound familiar to you, especially if you were hit by a turning driver. You have rights, and you can file a claim for compensation if a driver turned into your path.
Source: Roanoke-Chowan News Herald, "Charges filed in fatal wreck," Cal Bryant, March 08, 2017