A 52 year-old Asheboro man is dead after the motorcycle he was driving was struck by a car with a 17 year-old girl behind the wheel in Archdale, N.C.
According to police reports, the man and another motorcyclist were driving south on Archdale Road. The car, a 2013 Hyundai, was heading north. The driver attempted to take a left hand turn, without yielding, and smashed into the victim and his motorcycle. The second motorcyclist hit his brakes and ended up hitting the victim’s motorcycle, but not the victim. The second motorcyclist was not injured.
There was a 14 year-old passenger in the Hyundai who did receive minor injuries. The driver was not injured in the crash.
Police are still investigating the accident and charges against the Hyundai’s driver are pending, based on what the district attorney’s office decides. At this time, there is no evidence that alcohol, speed or distracted driving caused the fatal crash.
In 2012, almost 5,000 people died in motorcycle crashes in this country, per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Another 93,000 were injured. Motorcyclists are 26 times more likely than car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled, and five times more likely to be injured. The most common reason for a motorcycle crash is another vehicle's failure to yield while taking a left-hand turn.
Our personal injury firm has successfully represented many victims of motorcycle accidents who have suffered life-long injuries from the crash, as well as families who have tragically lost loved ones in accidents. If a family member has been killed in a motorcycle accident, contact an experienced North Carolina wrongful death attorney to find out what legal action you may be able to take against the other driver.