When a collision occurs between a motorcycle and an enclosed vehicle, the risk of serious injury or worse to the biker is obvious. The lack of protection a biker has against the force and weight of a larger vehicle often results in tragic consequences. Unfortunately, this theme played out yet again in a recent North Carolina motorcycle accident in Fayetteville.
The 4 a.m. crash occurred in the intersections of two local roadways. Specific details of the accident were few, though police did indicate the biker was struck by a black pickup or a vehicle similar to a Cadillac Escalade. The right passenger side of the vehicle came into contact with the bike. The driver then sped off, leaving the injured man to fend for himself. The biker was taken to a medical facility but did not survive his injuries.
Police are looking for the vehicle and driver. It was noted that an insignia of the New Orleans Saints NFL team was on the back part of the vehicle. An early news report published phone numbers to contact the authorities to help locate the fleeing driver. North Carolina law requires motorists involved in a personal injury accident to stop, render aid, if possible, and wait for law enforcement to arrive. In many hit and run incidents, the authorities are successful in locating the culprits and bringing them to justice.
For the 54-year-old victim’s family, criminal charges may not be enough. Our personal injury laws provide them with the right to file and pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver, once he or she is found. If the evidence confirms that the fatality resulted from negligent or reckless actions by the driver, our courts will hear claims for monetary damages accrued as a result of the tragedy. These claims typically include medical and funeral expenses, lost income and loss of companionship as well as pain and suffering related to the motorcycle accident.
Source: abclocal.go.com, “Fayetteville police search for fatal hit-and-run driver,” April 8, 2013