Tractor-trailer and motorcycle collide, kills biker

For avid bikers, riding a motorcycle is a virtually unparalleled joy. The freedom of the road can be enjoyed in a unique way that cannot be matched in any other type of motor vehicle. Unfortunately, the risk of serious injuries or death for a motorcyclist in the event of a motorcycle accident can be higher than for other types of vehicles as well. Motorcyclists must always remain on alert when on the road to ensure their safety.

A tractor-trailer was recently involved in a crash with a motorcyclist that left the biker dead as a result. The motorcycle rider and accident victim was a Fort Bragg soldier who was participating in a special program at the time of the accident. Known as the motorcycle mentor safety program, it is designed to keep awareness and education about motorcycle safety high on and around base.

The accident marks the end of a 412-day fatality-free span for the military base but comes on the heels of another deadly motor vehicle accident in the eastern part of the state. The accident occurred on Highway 165 near Cottonton mid-morning on a Thursday. Reports did not indicate whether or not the truck driver was injured and no cause of the accident was reported.

Such accidents remind all motorcyclists of their vulnerability on area roads and highways. Talking to an experienced attorney can be helpful for bikers or their family members when hurt in accidents to understand their rights and how they can best ensure proper care and compensation.

Source: Ledger-Enquirer, "Soldier dies in motorcycle crash," August 29, 2013

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