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Woman charged after fatal motorcycle accident in North Carolina


Despite the fact that accidents may cause serious injuries or death to a rider, many people enjoy riding a motorcycle. Unfortunately, North Carolina residents recently witnessed the death of a motorcyclist after he was struck by another vehicle.

According to sources, a motorcyclist was traveling along Wendover Road when a vehicle pulled out in front of him to make a left turn, striking the motorcyclist. The man was ejected from his bike and thrown onto the outbound lanes of Providence Road. Police stated that the vehicle then hit a truck stopped at a red light, leaving the motorcyclist caught between them. After the collision, the drivers of both vehicles backed up to access the motorcyclist. It was too late, however, as the motorcyclist died on the scene. Neither driver of the other vehicles suffered any injuries. The woman who hit the motorcyclist was subsequently arrested and charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police stated that neither alcohol nor excessive speed caused the collision.

The death of a loved one may cause extreme emotional grief to a family, but they may also have to cope with financial strains caused by the motorcycle accident. A family may try to recoup these losses by seeking to hold the wrongdoer liable for his or her actions. This can be achieved by filing a claim for compensation. In the lawsuit, a family may seek money for funeral bills, medical expenses, lost future earnings, loss of relationship, and other economic and emotional damages.

However, filing a wrongful death claim is not easy. Facts of the case must be assessed, evidence analyzed, and the law appropriately applies. Failing to do so correctly could lead to unwanted consequences and no recovery. Therefore, professional help is encouraged, as proper knowledge of laws and procedure may help the family get full compensation for their loss.

Source: WCNC, "Motorcyclist killed in Charlotte crash, woman charged," June 14, 2014

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