Pfc. Emmanuel Pickett, age 20, died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. The soldier, originally from Smackover, Arkansas, was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was assigned to E Battery, 3rd Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade.
Pfc. Pickett’s accident occurred in his home state near the city of El Dorado. Details of his accident were not immediately released. It is known that he joined the army in 2013 and trained at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. He was assigned to Fort Bragg and his brigade in 2014.
While in the Army, Pfc. Pickett received several awards and decorations, including the Army Achievement Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service medal, the Parachutist Badge, and the National Defense Service Medal. He is survived by his wife, mother and stepfather.
Even though the facts surrounding the accident have not been released, the accident should serve as a reminder to everyone. The weather is heating up and motorcycles will be on the road in greater numbers. If you are behind the wheel of a car, stay extra vigilant for these two-wheeled vehicles. Here are just a few safety tips:
Keep your windows rolled down at least part of the way when you can. This makes it easier to hear motorcycles that you may not be able to see.
Keep your radio turned down. This not only allows you to hear motorcycles, but emergency vehicles as well.
Stay aware of your surroundings. Don’t rely on your mirrors when switching lanes or backing up. Always turn your head to look. Even though most are loud, you may not be aware that a motorcycle is nearby unless you look.
Do not tailgate a motorcycle. If the rider in front of you has an accident or falls off their bike, riding too closely could mean disaster.
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident in North Carolina, you may be entitled to compensation for property damage and injury. Call our office today and let us provide you with a free case evaluation. We will tell you what compensation you may file a claim for. Call now.