The North Carolina Highway Patrol reported that a 31-year-old man died on NC Highway 42 when a lawnmower entered the road in front of him. His motorcycle hit the lawnmower, and the impact destroyed his motorcycle and threw him clear of the wreckage. The father of four children did not survive.
The crash happened east of Clayton. According to the highway patrol, the motorcyclist was not believed to be speeding. A company called Grifton employed the man operating the lawnmower. He was performing mowing work contracted by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
A spokesperson from the department said the worker was not hurt in the crash. Authorities have charged him with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, and he is scheduled to appear in court. He had been moving to a new area to do more work when he drove the lawnmower onto the highway.
When a person dies in a motorcycle or automobile accident, surviving family members might wish to determine if the other driver’s negligence led to the death. When negligence can be proven, survivors could potentially recover damages with a wrongful death lawsuit. Funeral bills and lost household income are the most common types of damages compensated in situations like this. An attorney could help survivors review an accident report to see if the other driver’s negligence or recklessness caused the accident. Getting a settlement would likely entail negotiations with an insurance company and sometimes taking the case to court. An attorney could assist during this process and attempt to gain adequate compensation for a survivor.
Source: WTVD, “Charges filed in fatal accident involving mower and motorcycle east of Clayton,” April 24, 2015