Truck-motorcycle wreck in Charlotte kills 1, injures another

On Behalf of | May 25, 2022 | Personal Injury |

Although they are an economical and efficient means of travel, motorcycles offer riders little protection in an accident. And their small size means that motorcycles are sometimes hard to see for other drivers on the road. Accidents between motorcycles and other vehicles can cause serious damage to the bike, leading to serious or even fatal injuries to the motorcycle operator and any passengers, particularly if the other vehicle is a large commercial truck. Case in point, one person was killed and another severely injured in a North Carolina motorcycle crash involving a semi-truck in Charlotte recently. 

Details regarding accident 

On Monday, May 16, around 8:30 p.m., a 2018 Triumph motorcycle was traveling on Rozzelles Ferry Road. At the same time, the driver of a 2009 Freightliner attempted to make a left turn onto the road. That was when it struck the motorcycle at the intersection with Lawton Road. 

The 37-year-old driver of the motorcycle was killed at the scene, and his unidentified passenger suffered life-threatening injuries. The passenger was listed in critical condition at the time of the report. The 28-year-old man driving the semi-truck was unharmed. However, he faces charges of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and failing to yield the right of way. 

Legal recourse for victims 

Although authorities do not suspect speed or impairment to be causal factors in the crash, the fact that the truck driver was charged with several violations may be relevant should the victims and/or their surviving family members choose to pursue personal injury and wrongful death claims against him.  The truck driver may be named in any civil suits along with his employer and anyone else who has ownership interest in the truck. Those adversely affected will want to work with an experienced personal injury attorney in North Carolina for assistance.