Motorcycles are, by design, dangerous to operate. The riders are extremely vulnerable as their vehicles are much less protected than, say, trucks or sedans. Motorcycles lack many of the safety features installed in other vehicles and when they are involved in accidents, serious injuries and sometimes death are often the result. Motorcyclists have certain rights, however, and it is important for riders to be aware of these, if they hope to pursue compensation in an accident.
Two people, including a 36-year-old North Carolina man, were riding on a motorcycle near the North Carolina state line when they collided head-on with a car. Riding westbound, the motorcycle went left of center and the man driving the truck crashed into it. The 36-year-old man, who was operating the motorcycle, died as a result of the accident. The passenger on the motorcycle was airlifted to a nearby hospital. Neither the driver of the truck nor the truck's passengers sustained injuries. The investigation into the crash is still ongoing.
Statistics show that two-thirds of motorcycle accidents involving another vehicle are caused by the driver of the other vehicle violating the motorcyclist's right of way. Drivers of other vehicles need to pay acute attention to motorcycle riders -- and when they fail to do so, they may be held liable for the damages.
When a driver of another vehicle in a motorcycle accident is found to be negligent, they may owe compensation to the victim or the victim's family, depending on whether or not it is a fatal accident. Compensation can used to help cover medical, funeral and a variety of other expenses that are forced onto victims and their families following an accident.
Source: Weekly News and Review, "Fairmont man dies Sunday in Lake View motorcycle crash," Jan. 13, 2014