Motorcyclists face more risks on the roadway than those traveling inside of traditional passenger vehicles. With very little protection from the force of another vehicle slamming into them, or from the roadway itself, motorcyclists regularly sustain severe injuries and even fatalities in the event a collision occurs. At Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C., our Charlotte motorcycle accident lawyers want to discuss a recent motorcycle collision involving a trailer that became detached from another vehicle.
A tragic and possibly preventable crash
On October 20, 2020, a motorcyclist was killed in a collision involving a trailer that became detached from another vehicle in nearby Concord. The incident happened at the intersection of Warren C. Coleman Boulevard and Wilshire Avenue.
Police say that a 37-year-old motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision after striking the detached trailer head-on.
Officials have not released much information about this incident, but it does highlight a significant danger on the roadways – detached trailers. All drivers have a responsibility to ensure the safety of others around them. Part of that responsibility extends to ensuring that their vehicles are properly inspected and maintained. There are only a few ways in which a trailer could come detached from another vehicle:
- Failure of the trailer hitch or the trailer itself
- A failure on the part of the driver to ensure the trailer was attached properly
Detached trailers can present risks to any driver on the roadway, but they will be particularly dangerous to motorcyclists who have very little protection from the force of these collisions. Detached trailers are not something that most people will be on the lookout for, likely making this collision very difficult to avoid for the 37-year-old motorcyclist who lost his life in this incident.
Motorcycle accident statistics in North Carolina
According to data available from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, there were 3,516 total motorcycle crashes reported across the state during the latest reporting year. Out of these incidents, there were 184 fatal crashes and 2,728 injury crashes. This data shows us that a significant percentage of all reported motorcycle crashes result in some sort of injury or fatality.
Even motorcyclists who do survive a collision regularly sustain severe injuries. It is not uncommon for a motorcyclist involved in a collision with another vehicle or obstacle to sustain the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Open head wounds
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations or road rash
- Amputations or crush injuries
- Internal organ damage or internal bleeding
Call our Charlotte vehicle accident lawyers for help
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in a motorcycle crash in or around the Charlotte area, contact an attorney as soon as possible. At Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C., our qualified team will investigate every aspect of your case and work to secure any compensation you may be entitled to. This can include coverage of your medical bills, lost income, out-of-pocket expenses, pain and suffering damages, and more. When you need a Charlotte motorcycle accident lawyer, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 704-850-6322.