Motorcycle accidents are a serious problem in North Carolina.
According to preliminary statistics from the Governors Highway Safety Association, motorcycle accidents accounted for more than 12% of all North Carolina fatal accidents in 2017, the most recent year for which statistics were available. The state saw 141 motorcycle accident fatalities that year.
There are many causes for motorcycle accidents, but the inherent design of the vehicles means that motorcyclists are much more vulnerable to any accident than occupants of cars or trucks. A collision that might result in no more than a bent fender if it involved two cars can easily lead to catastrophic or fatal injuries if one of the vehicles is a motorcycle.
A tragic crash last month has drawn the nation’s attention to the unique dangers faced by motorcyclists. Seven people were killed and three others injured in New Hampshire when a pickup truck crashed into a group of motorcyclists who were traveling to an event for military veterans.
The driver of the truck has been charged with seven counts of negligent homicide.
While criminal charges can help hold a careless driver accountable and encourage other drivers to be more careful around motorcycles, they don’t do much for the injured or the families of the victims. Since the injuries in motorcycle accidents can be extreme, the victims may face enormous medical costs, and may never be able to work again. After fatal accidents, families are left without their loved ones’ income and support for life.
To help with these damages, the injured and their families can pursue compensation through a personal injury or wrongful death claim. A lawyer with experience in these difficult cases can help people understand their options for securing compensation.