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Teenager killed in front of fast-food restaurant

An accident in North Carolina's claimed the life of a teenage motorcyclist on Sept. 1. The accident occurred in front of a drive-thru fast-food restaurant in Jacksonville. The driver of a 2014 Hyundai from Cary, who failed to yield the right of way to the biker and caused the accident, faces charges of unsafe movement of a vehicle resulting in injury and misdemeanor death by a motor vehicle. His court date was set for Oct. 15.

The teenager was heading southeast on the boulevard when the Hyundai allegedly cut in front of his motorcycle. According to a representative of the Jacksonville police, the 35-year-old Hyundai driver was exiting the drive-thru at about 11:50 a.m. and turning left onto Western Boulevard toward North Carolina Highway 17. The maneuver caused the bike to hit the front of the driver's side of the automobile, according to authorities. The motorcyclist was thrown from his bike and died at the crash site. The man driving the car was injured and treated on scene, and a passenger in the Hyundai was uninjured.

A driver has a responsibility to obey the rules of the road, including yielding to oncoming traffic when leaving a parking area. When the driver ignores that obligation and someone is killed as a result, the driver may be charged criminally. In addition, the driver may face a civil wrongful death claim.

In a similar case, the family of the decedent may file the action while seeking compensation for damages, such as funeral and burial costs and the lifetime income the individual may have provided to the household. After the accident investigation is completed, an attorney may help the family accomplish pursue that compensation by reviewing reports and building a case that demonstrates negligence and liability. The attorney may then negotiate with the at-fault driver's insurance company or litigate the case in civil court.

Source: WCTI12.com, "Police identify teen motorcyclist killed in Jacksonville wreck", September 01, 2014

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