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North Carolina pickup truck driver charged in motorcycle wreck

With spring in full swing, motorcycle enthusiasts are taking advantage of the warmer weather here in North Carolina. Drivers need to take care to keep an eye out for more motorcycle riders since more motorcycles on the road means a greater chance of being involved in a motorcycle wreck. One 72-year-old driver of a pickup truck tragically discovered this recently.

The driver of a motorcycle was heading eastbound on N.C. 24. As he approached a gas station, the pickup truck driver pulled out in front of him. According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol personnel, the motorcyclist was alive when they arrived. Unfortunately, emergency medical personnel were not able to stabilize him for transport, and the rider was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

According to reports, the pickup truck driver had been waiting for a funeral procession to finish passing when he pulled out of the gas station. He claims he did not see the motorcycle. The pickup truck driver was uninjured. Apparently, this is a bad stretch of road, and this was not the first fatality in the vicinity.

Regardless, authorities have charged the pickup truck driver in connection with the motorcycle wreck. Under our state laws, the rider’s family retains the right to file a wrongful death claim against the party or parties that are deemed responsible for the accident. In addition to proving the driver’s negligence, it may be beneficial for the family to look into the possibility that there is a flaw with the road that contributes to fatal accidents in the area where the victim died.

Source: jdnews.com, “Driver charged in fatal crash,” Sue Book, May 7, 2013