Car accidents happen daily. The results vary in severity from a minor scratch on a car to a major pileup of dead drivers and twisted metal. Each accident serves as a reminder that all drivers ought to stay alert on the road. When accidents involve motorcyclists, automobile operators of all sorts are reminded of their responsibility to share the road. And, of course, every driver should always be reminded about the dangers of drinking and driving. One such fatal motorcycle accident involving a car and a motorcycle recently happened in western North Carolina.
On December 9, two vehicles collided in Hickory, North Carolina. According to police, a 54-year-old man was driving his Honda motorcycle southbound on 16th Street when the crash with a car occurred. The other individual, a 59-year-old man, was driving his Ford Ranger north on 16th Street.
Police in Hickory implicated drugs and alcohol as the primary forces involved in the accident. They claim that the Ranger driver crossed into oncoming traffic and hit the motorcyclist. The motorcyclist received emergency medical treatment but later died. The driver of the car also received medical attention for minor injuries.
Police have not filed any charges yet, but it appears likely that they will, given their suspicions of drug and alcohol abuse. The Ranger driver's blood alcohol content at the time of the accident is unknown.
Motorcycle accidents involving catastrophic injuries often leave victims with ongoing pain and suffering. A motorcycle accident victim often needs immediate medical attention, and in the event that the victim dies, surviving family members ought to learn more about their rights.
Source: The Hickory Daily Record, "Motorcyclist involved in deadly crash identified," Dec. 10, 2012