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Head-on collision in North Carolina kills motorcyclist

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department responded to an accident involving a motorcycle that killed one person on Sept. 27. The collision occurred on North Tryon Street early in the morning when a Dodge Caravan went across the double yellow divider.

The Caravan collided head-on with a 2008 Yamaha motorcycle that was heading south, and the driver of the motorcycle died after suffering injuries in the crash. The driver of a Toyota RAV4 behind the motorcycle veered and stopped in the northern lanes to avoid the accident. The impact from the crash sent the motorcycle towards the Toyota, causing it to strike the vehicle's right rear tire.

No one else was injured in the accident, and police detained the Caravan driver. He has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle. The authorities do not believe speed or alcohol played a role in the wreck.

In addition to criminal charges, a judgment in civil court can also hold a driver responsible for negligent actions. A wrongful death suit in civil court also allows the family of a loved one to seek compensation for expenses related to a car accident. Because the sudden death of a loved one can also be traumatic, a victim's family may be awarded a sum for loss of companionship and emotional pain and suffering. When a case goes to trial, a plaintiff or attorney must show that a driver caused an accident that likely would not have occurred otherwise.

The authorities ruled out speeding and drinking and driving in this case, but the driver could hypothetically have been distracted while driving. Distracted driving includes talking on a cellphone, texting, eating, grooming or otherwise paying attention to something other than the road while driving.

Source: WSOC, "Man charged after van crosses double yellow lane, kills motorcyclist", September 27, 2014

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