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Driver accused of causing fatal motorcycle accident

Standing seawater is often lurking on Route 12 in the Outer Banks. Sand ends up on most of the roads near Carolina bays. Loose gravel lines the byways in the Great Smoky Mountains. Wherever bikers go in North Carolina, they could run into trouble at any time.

If geographic causes were not enough, a startling number of motorcyclists are injured or killed in collisions with cars and trucks. Visibility is a big factor in the causes of motorcycle accidents, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is occasionally related to deaths and injuries.

A recent fatal motorcycle accident resulted in criminal charges for a driver who allegedly caused it. A 43-year-old woman was charged with death by motor vehicle and driving without a license after her sport utility vehicle struck a motorcycle driven by a 57-year-old man from Huntersville.

The driver was turning left when her vehicle ended up in the path of the motorcycle. Left turns without yielding to oncoming traffic are always dangerous, especially when motorcycles are involved. The lack of protection that bikes offer their riders make sudden changes in speed an even greater hazard than for cars and trucks.

Victims of motorcycle accidents and the families of people killed in collisions have a difficult time ahead. Recovery can take months or years, and permanent disabilities are possible as well. The loss of income or companionship after a death is an even greater burden to bear.

An attorney may be able to help address these needs with a suit in civil court. A case may be brought even if prosecutors decline to bring criminal charges.

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