An early morning collision between a car and a motorcycle in Hickory, North Carolina (NC), on November 11, 2014, claimed the life of the motorcyclist. The fatal accident occurred at the intersection of 8th St Drive SE and 11th Avenue Court SE, and police told reporters they intend to file charges against the man behind the wheel of the car.
Investigators did not release many details regarding the cause of the deadly wreck, saying only that neither speeding nor impairment by drugs or alcohol were factors. What appears to have happened is that the car turned left in front of the motorcycle too suddenly to allow the biker to avoid crashing. Such accidents involving failure to yieldright of way to motorcyclists traveling straight through an intersection often sends the bikers flying off their rides and leaves them permanently disabled or killed by traumatic brain injuries.
Sadly, my Carolina personal injury and wrongful death law firm colleagues and I have had to help dozens of motorcycle riders and their families seek compensation from negligent and reckless drivers. Bikes can be difficult to see, especially after sundown and before sunrise. However, the simple -- and never acceptable -- explanation for why larger vehicles cut off two-wheelers is that drivers do not make the effort to look out for motorcycles.
Our condolences go out the friends and family of the man who lost his life.