Motorcycles offer very little protection to their drivers or passengers. When a motorcycle collides with a sedan or small truck, to say nothing of larger vehicles, the people on the motorcycle face a significant disadvantage. In many cases, the individuals on the motorcycle are either killed or seriously injured. A recent collision in Abbeville County demonstrates this tragic fact.
According to police reports, a motorcyclist was headed east on Highway 20 when a utility truck headed in the opposite direction, crossed the centerline and smashed head-on into the motorcycle. The driver of the motorcycle died at the scene. The driver of the utility truck initially left the scene before police arrived, but he returned later and was arrested.
The exact circumstances of the accident are not clear, but the driver of the utility truck has been charged with felony DUI involving death and leaving the scene of an accident involving death. The truck driver has been imprisoned in Abbeville County Detention Center, and he is awaiting the posting of a bond. Police have not indicated whether they suspect that wither alcohol or drugs were involved in the accident.
Based upon the facts released thus far, the driver of the utility truck appears to bear almost all of the fault for the accident. The family of the motorcycle driver may have a strong claim for wrongful death if they can unearth the sequence of events that led to the collision. Among the many unanswered questions are how fast was each vehicle traveling? Did the motorcycle operator have adequate training?
In such cases, families of traffic accident victims may wish to consult a capable accident lawyer for an evaluation of the evidence and an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages for lost of economic support.