A female motorcycle passenger lost her life when the bike on which she was riding collided with an SUV in Charleston County, South Carolina (SC), on the morning of October 15, 2015. The fatal crash occurred outside of the town of Ladson, near the intersection of Highway 78 and Shipley Street.
The man driving the motorcycle survived with injuries and was later charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. He also faces a criminal charge of reckless homicide, perhaps because, as the Courier-Post newspaper reported, he was riding down the center of a raised concrete median when the wreck happened.
Police continue investigating whether the person behind the wheel of the SUV played any role in causing the deadly crash. It is known that no one in the larger vehicle got injured.
Even if the SUV driver is found negligent, the alleged reckless behavior of the motorcycle operator will be difficult to overlook. Driving drunk always endangers lives regardless of whether the impaired person is in a car or on a bike. Alcohol use can lead to poor decision making and irresponsible actions, which would include riding on a median. Sadly, those poor choices appear to have resulted in the death of the South Carolina motorcycle operator's passenger.
That written, my Carolina wrongful death law firm colleagues and I recognize that determining whether the SUV driver involved committed a traffic violation or acted negligently. Liability for causing a death that would not have occurred if people had taken proper safeguards can be shared. This means that the SUV driver may also be liable in some criminal way and also be responsible for making compensation to the family of the deceased motorcycle passenger.
We send our condolences out to the friends and family of the woman who lost her life and urge everyone who drinks too much to set down their keys.