A spokesman for the North Carolina State Highway Patrol provided details of a collision between a Ford F-350 pickup truck and a motorcycle that occurred on Highway 33 near Chocowinity on Sunday, August 9, at about 7:30 p.m.
Collision at Intersection
The spokesman said that the westbound 42-year-old pickup truck driver from Kinston attempted a left turn on to southbound U.S. Highway 17 where he collided with an oncoming motorcycle. The rider, a former Beaufort County sheriff, was seriously injured.
Chocowinity EMS responded quickly, because the fire station was close by. In fact, an EastCare helicopter landed right at the station. Emergency personnel airlifted the injured man to Vidant Medical Center where he received treatment for multiple injuries including a fractured pelvis. His left leg required amputation above the knee, according to the Washington Daily News.
Alleged Failure to Yield
The driver of the pickup, a volunteer firefighter, told troopers that another vehicle in the intersection obstructed his view, and that he never saw the oncoming motorcycle, according to WITN News. A trooper stated that he would be charged with a failure to yield the right-of-way causing serious injury.
Although the investigation into this accident is ongoing, it is possible for victims of certain crashes to seek compensation via civil litigation when it is reasonable to assert that negligence was a factor. A failure to yield may constitute evidence of negligent conduct in certain cases. Victims often seek monetary damages for lost wages, medical expenses, and pain-and-suffering. The parties involved reach a settlement without a trial in many cases.
If you or a loved one suffers injuries in a traffic accident, it is possible to discuss the matter with motorcycle accident attorneys. Our firm offers such a consultation without cost or obligation. To learn more about our legal services, please contact us.