Motorcyclists on South Carolina roads face dangers that other motorists don't face due to the lack of protective barriers surrounding them as they drive. Because of the size of their vehicle, it can be difficult for other motorists to see them, which leads to more serious accidents. A wrongful death suit is finally going to trial after a fatal motorcycle accident left one man dead a few years ago. The accident occurred when the 54-year-old motorcyclist was allegedly hit by a trailer that detached from a truck traveling in the opposite direction. The trailer crossed the center line of the road and crashed into the motorcycle, leaving the motorcyclist with multiple injuries to the head, pelvis and leg. His injuries eventually resulted in his death. According to police, the motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet when the accident occurred.
The motorcyclist's family has filed a wrongful death suit against multiple parties involved including the construction company that owned the trailer and the driver of the truck. After attempts to settle the case outside of court, the parties have not been able to come to any sort of agreement. It is likely that the trial will be on September 20th and attorneys say it may take up to two weeks.
When filing a claim resulting from a motorcycle accident, it is important to focus on what vehicle regulations have been violated as well as whether there was compliance with traffic laws. Commercial trucks, like the one involved in this accident, have a set of regulations that need to be met in terms of licensing and safety. Determining which violations have occurred, will help figure out who should be held responsible for the tragedy that occurred.
Source: The Spectrum, "Wrongful death suit heads to trial," Samantha Sadlier, Aug. 19, 2013