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Soldier killed in Fayetteville bike accident

The open roads and many scenic vistas in North Carolina make the state very attractive to drivers of all kinds. Nothing quite beats a motorcycle as the way to get around the natural beauty of the Tar Heel State.

Unfortunately, a variety of factors can lead to a lack of safety for motorcycle drivers and riders. The profile of bikes is narrower than cars and trucks, so drivers are less likely to see them in time to prevent a collision. Some favorite maneuvers of bikers, such as splitting lanes, may also lead to a disaster involving injury or even death.

A 21-year-old soldier posted at Fort Bragg was recently killed in an accident as he rode his motorcycle near a busy intersection in Fayetteville. Local police said the collision occurred just before sunset in a busy commercial area. His bike was hit by a pickup truck that was apparently moving in the same direction.

The rider was thrown from his bike and died during treatment in a hospital after impact. The 43-year-old driver of the truck was charged with death by motor vehicle, as well the lesser charge of unsafe movement resulting in a crash causing damage or injury. Both are misdemeanors under North Carolina law.

Criminal charges can punish the person at fault, but victims of motorcycle accidents and the survivors of motorcycle fatalities have the right to seek financial damages in the aftermath of a crash. Legal counsel can help initiate a civil suit to claim damages for pain, suffering and other related expenses that can help a biker or a biker's family recover from a difficult ordeal.

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