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Motorcyclist killed in Raleigh after collision with pickup truck

Motorcyclists in Raleigh, North Carolina, understand that the consequences of being involved in an accident while on a motorcycle can be severe. In order to counter those risks, motorcyclists take a number of safety precautions but still, every now and then, a motorcyclist is injured or killed in an accident. One such fatal accident recently occurred in Raleigh.

According to police, the incident happened when a 32-year-old motorcyclist, moving south on a local road near the Wake County School bus maintenance facility, was struck by a pickup truck that was making a turn from the northbound lane. The collision claimed the life of the motorcyclist at the scene. The driver of the truck did not sustain injuries in the crash.

Police officers who investigated the motorcycle accident charged the 38-year-old truck driver with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, operating a vehicle without a driver's license and unsafe movement. He was booked into the Wake County Detention Center. The accident also led to a road closure that lasted a few hours while officers cleared the scene and carried out an investigation.

In motorcycle accidents such as this one, investigation plays a crucial role in determining who was responsible for the accident. However, police investigative reports may not always clearly identify the liable party due to a number of factors. In such cases, holding another driver liable for personal injury or death of an accident victim often requires additional investigation.

In situations like these an experienced personal injury attorney may help accident victims, or surviving family members of accident victims, obtain adequate compensation. Monetary compensation may not be able to stop the pain and suffering or fill the void created by the loss of a loved one but it can surely address some of the financial difficulties associated with any motor vehicle accident.

Source:, "Motorcyclist killed in crash on Rock Quarry Rd," Feb. 5, 2015

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