Anyone who has seen a brick or piece of lumber lodged in a windshield has received a lesson in following too close behind an unsecured load. Heavy trucks and construction vehicles can cause road hazards, and drivers should always leave enough distance to stop before they are struck by them.
Motorcycles face this problem with greater risk, as bikes even lack the protection of a windshield. The popularity of both semis and bikes in the Tar Heel State can cause problems when cargo strikes a wheel or frame. Bikers know to leave extra distance behind trucks, but that was not enough in a recent incident in Watauga County.
A 62-year-old male motorcyclist and his 59-year-old female passenger were riding a motorcycle on North Carolina Route 194 near Valle Crucis. Emergency service responders arrived at the scene to find both victims dismounted from the bike after it was struck by lumber hanging off the side of a flatbed truck that passed in the other direction.
The driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident while his companion was evacuated by air to Johnson City with critical injuries in need of treatment. The driver of the truck, a 45-year-old trucker from nearby Zionville, is facing charges of misdemeanor death by vehicle.
Victims of motorcycle accidents and the survivors of motorcycle fatalities have the right to seek financial damages to make them whole. Legal representation is often a comfort and help while a family is dealing with a tragic accident, and compensation can provide some security in a difficult time.