An Alamance County, NC crash involving a Moped and a Chevrolet truck left the Moped driver dead on Friday, October 1.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol reports that troopers were called to a crash around 6:51 AM on Union Ridge Road, north of Burlington. They say a Moped driven by Tessa Cress, 27, of Burlington, was moving south on Union Ridge Road. Then a Chevrolet truck made a left turn across the centerline of the road and directly into the path of the Moped. Sadly, a collision was unavoidable at that point, and Cress was pronounced dead at the scene.
The truck driver was unhurt.
Unfortunately, this is a common outcome for accidents between passenger vehicles and Mopeds or other bikes. Due to their relative size, passenger vehicles like pickup trucks can do a lot more damage to a Moped—and its driver—than the other way around.
It’s also not unusual for drivers to turn in front of a bike, for the same reason—the smaller vehicles are harder to see.
Other factors like distracted driving, driving while intoxicated, speeding, and failing to obey traffic signs or laws, may also contribute to these accidents. However, many times they happen when the driver of the larger vehicle was otherwise following the rules of the road—until they pulled out in front of the motorcycle. In these cases, most drivers who turn in front of motorcycles say they just didn’t see the bike. Motorists are encouraged to “look twice and save a life” to reduce this risk.
If you know a surviving family member of a person who was injured or killed in an accident, please encourage them to contact our firm immediately. The consultation is completely free, with no out-of-pocket cost to the family to hire us.
For over 25 years the attorneys at Auger & Auger have been dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals and families that have suffered injuries or lost loved ones due to the negligence of others. We have years of experience guiding and helping our clients every step of the way to receive compensation for aspects such as medical bills, funeral costs, and other monetary losses.
Editorial Note: At A&A we are always looking to improve the quality and safety and are saddened by the outcome of many tragic accidents across the Carolinas. The purpose of this news blog is to write about cases relevant to our industry and raise awareness about injury cases so that victims of similar incidents can educate themselves on theories of liability, the law, and how personal injury cases typically work. This article is created using publicly available information and is a secondary source. If you find any information here to be inaccurate, please notify us at [email protected], and we will make the appropriate adjustments.