A man in South Carolina was killed while riding his motorcycle with a passenger over the weekend. The man was driving the cycle when a van pulled out in front of him causing the motorcycle accident, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. Police will investigate the accident to try to determine the exact cause. If the person in the van is found at fault in the accident, it is possible they might be held liable for the injuries to the passenger and the death of the motorcycle driver.
So far, no criminal charges have been filed against anyone involved. Another car was also involved and is believed to have hit the passenger as they tried to move the motorcycle to the side of the road after the initial accident. Even though the driver of the third vehicle wasn't the direct cause of the accident, they might also be liable for failing to see the accident and not leaving room to react to changing traffic conditions.
Families often have many questions after a serious accident such as this. Motorcycle accidents often result in severe injuries or fatalities, and it is important that other drivers watch out for motorcyclists. Those who are injured in a motorcycle accident in South Carolina or those who lose a loved one might be wise to speak with a personal injury attorney.
An attorney can help a family seek answers and find closure after an accident. They can also help seek compensation in the event that the family loses income as a result of the accident. Although a lawsuit can't bring a family member back, it may be able to help raise awareness of reckless driving and provide a family with some financial stability during a very emotional time.
Source: WPDE, "One dead, one airlifted after motorcycle crash on Highway 17," Ryan Naquin, July 15, 2012