Motorcyclist killed in North Carolina car accident

One person died in an accident that occurred during the early morning hours of Sept. 27 on North Tryon Street in Charlotte. Police say that the victim was riding his 2008 Yamaha motorcycle when he was struck by a Dodge Caravan. The Caravan had been going northbound when it crossed the double yellow lines and struck the motorcycle head-on.

A Toyota RAV4 that had been heading southbound behind the motorcycle was forced to swerve and came to a stop in the northbound lane. After it had come to a stop, the motorcycle struck the RAV4 on the right rear tire. Police say that the man on the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries suffered in the crash.

The man who was driving the Dodge Caravan was taken into custody, and he was charged with one count of misdemeanor death by vehicle. Neither the man taken into custody nor the driver of the Toyota were injured in the accident. Police say that neither speed nor alcohol played a role in the accident, and an investigation into the crash was ongoing.

If an auto accident results in an individual dying, the family of that victim may file a wrongful death suit against the driver who caused the crash. Filing such a lawsuit may enable the family to win compensation for final expenses as well as punitive damages. Compensation to help surviving minor children or other dependents may also be awarded in such a case. An attorney may be able to negotiate a settlement to resolve a wrongful death case in a timely manner and help the family start to heal.

Source: WSOC, "Man charged after van crosses double yellow lane, kills motorcyclist", September 27, 2014

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