Sometimes, it is difficult to see oncoming traffic when pulling out of driveways or parking lots. However, the extra few seconds needed to ensure the intersection is clear could mean the difference between life and death. Unfortunately, a recent car vs. motorcycle accident resulted in the death of a South Carolina man.
The motorcycle rider was on the roadway as another vehicle was attempting to enter it. Reportedly, the driver of the car either failed to see the motorcycle or misjudged the distance and slammed into it. The motorcycle rider, a 47-year-old man from South Carolina, lived long enough to be transported by emergency personnel to an area hospital, but succumbed to his injuries less than two hours after the crash.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol and the local coroner’s office are investigating the incident. There is no word yet on what charges, if any, might be filed against the driver of the car that struck the victim. While that determination is made, the family is most likely grieving for the untimely loss of their loved one.
The family will also incur unexpected expenses due to the sudden death of their loved one. Regardless of whether charges are filed, the family retains the right to file a wrongful death claim against the driver of the car. If it is proven that the driver was negligent in this car vs. motorcycle accident, the family could receive monetary damages to help defray the costs incurred as a result of the accident and the death of their loved one.
Source: live5news.com, “Coroner identifies motorcyclist killed in Ladson accident“, , July 25, 2014
Steven Krause is a personal injury, auto accident, and workers’ compensation lawyer who practices in Anderson, SC. He graduated form the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law and has been practicing law for 40 years now. Steven Krause believes in fighting for the injured. Learn more about his experience here.