When cars and motorcycles collide, the persons on the motorcycle generally suffer more severe injuries than persons in the car. Occasionally, the truth of this adage can be questioned if the motorcycle driver was driving too fast or was impaired by alcohol or drugs. A car and motorcycle recently collided in west Charlotte, killing the motorcycle operator and three people in the automobile. Police have not yet completed their investigation or issued a definitive statement about the cause of the crash.
According to police who were on the scene, a Hyundai Elantra was traveling east on Wilkerson Boulevard and was attempting to make a U-turn at Fairhaven Street. As the car began its turn, it was struck by a westbound Yamaha motorcycle traveling at what police described as a high rate of speed.
The crash killed the motorcycle operator. The driver of the Hyundai and the front seat passenger were treated for minor injuries and taken to a nearby hospital for further treatment. The three passengers in the rear seat of the Hyundai were pronounced dead at the scene. One of the passengers who died in the Hyundai was a Midland firefighter and EMT. She was apparently relaxing with friends after work when the accident happened.
Police have initially blamed the crash on excessive speed on the part of the motorcycle driver, who was wearing a helmet. No information has been released as to whether either driver was impaired by alcohol or drugs. The motorcycle driver appears likely to bear a significant degree of fault for the accident, but little is known yet about how far apart the vehicles were when the Hyundai began its turn or whether it was signaling for the turn.
Anyone who has suffered an injury or lost a loved one in a similar accident may wish to consult an experienced personal injury lawyer for an analysis of the evidence and an estimate of the likelihood of recovering money damages.