When North Carolina drivers get behind the wheel of a car, they assume a reasonable duty of care for other drivers as well as pedestrians and cyclists on the road. A second of inattention may result in a car accident that could cause serious injury or even death. Unfortunately, a fatal car accident occurred in Onslow County on Thursday, June 14.
A tragic and fatal car accident involving a bicycle occurred on Oct. 16 in Wilmington. The collision happened around 10 p.m., after the bicyclist reportedly ran a red light. A 19-year-old minivan driver was said to be traveling north on Independence Boulevard when he struck and killed the 19-year-old bicyclist. In investigating the auto accident, police initially determined the driver of the minivan had the right of way, while the bicyclist ran the red light and did not have either a safety helmet or visible lights. The victim later died at New Hanover Regional Medical Center from a head injury, and police say the driver was not at fault and will not face charges.
Car accidents happen for many reasons. Sometimes, drivers are simply not paying attention. Other times, drivers' vision is obscured, and they do not see a problem before it too late. Unfortunately, the results are often the same regardless of the cause of the accident. Every day, people are hurt or killed in North Carolina car accidents.