A motorcycle rider died after getting struck by a pickup truck in Kanawha County, West Virginia (WV), on the morning of July 2, 2015. The pickup driver reportedly crossed the center line of Coal River Road near Mount Breeze Lane after rounding a curve outside of the town of St. Albans. The resulting head-on collision knocked the motorcyclist off his bike, and he succumbed to his injuries after being transported to the hospital.
It is unclear whether the person behind the wheel of the pickup will face charges for causing the fatal head-on collision. That decision may depend on whether investigators find evidence that the person exceeded the speed limit, was impaired by drugs or alcohol, became distracted in the moments leading up to the deadly crash, or became unable to control the truck after suffering a medical emergency.
Whatever explanation exists for why the driver hit the motorcycle rider, the driver's legal liability for settling wrongful death insurance claims and, possibly, paying damages to the deceased motorcyclist's family will probably remain. Even drivers who unexpectedly fall ill must do everything they can to avoid crashes.
All drivers must also navigate curves on two-lane rural highways cautiously. Drifting over a double yellow line is easy when a person goes too fast or has their eyes and mind on things other than the road ahead. It can also be easy to overlook vehicles as small as motorcycles when one is not watching closely for them. Impatience and a moment of inattention can lead to an irreversible tragedy.