Two Injured in Motorcycle Crash into SUV, Road Rage a Possible Cause
A motorcycle crash that occurred on Monday is under investigation by Lenoir police officers due to the possible involvement of road rage in the tragic incident. According to WSOC TV, two Injured in motorcycle crash into SUV that was later sent to the hospital.
The crash, which occurred on Highway 321, consisted of a motorcycle colliding with an SUV. Motorcyclist Brian Walker, an eyewitness of the incident, stated that the driver of the SUV slammed on his brakes. As a result, the motorcyclist struck the back of the abruptly-halted vehicle.
Walker expressed his belief that the SUV driver “just got road rage” since they were on motorcycles. Walker said that he and five other riders (including the motorcyclist involved in the crash) were traveling together to North Carolina High Country.
According to Walker, the driver of the SUV “didn’t brake check” and “locked the brakes down completely.” He further explained that “there was nowhere for to go besides hit him.”
The automobile accident forced law enforcement to shut down the northbound lanes of Highway 321 for over 3 hours.
An April 2018 survey listed North Carolina as the No. 5 state with the most aggressive drivers in the country, according to the Charlotte Observer. According to the survey, an average of nearly 7 aggressive driving incidents occur in the state every hour.
Further reports show that “road rage” and aggressive driving have caused more than 60% of traffic fatalities throughout the country.
Another motorcyclist was seriously injured by a collision with an SUV in Winston-Salem on Wednesday morning. According to FOX 8 News, 43-year-old Anthony Monte Williams collided with a 2010 GMC Acadia at an intersection “for unknown reasons”. Williams was taken to the hospital for emergency medical attention while the SUV driver was treated for minor injuries at the scene.
Motorcycle fatalities seem to be on the rise statewide. Recent data from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) shows the number of motorcycle deaths in North Carolina increased by 21 percent to 170 fatalities between 2017 and 2018.
If you or someone close to you has been involved in a road accident then it’s important that you contact a lawyer and discuss your options.