The second fatal traffic accident in a week in north Forsyth County has claimed the life of a 19-year old man in a motorcycle collision with a pick-up truck on Heardsville Road. The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office has identified the dead motorcyclist as a resident of Pisgah Road in Cumming.

He was riding a Yamaha motorcycle southbound as another Cumming resident was heading northbound in the opposite lane in a Ford F250. Preliminary reports at the scene say the driver of the truck turned left and crossed the road in front of the motorcyclist to enter the parking lot of the Quick Serve convenience store. The motorcyclist veered sharply to his right and into the parking lot in an attempt to avoid the truck, but he hit the front of the truck on the driver’s side anyway.

The rider was thrown from the motorcycle to the ground and pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The truck driver was not injured in the accident, but authorities arrested him at the scene and charged him with misdemeanor vehicular homicide and failure to yield while turning left. Aside from conviction on these charges, civil liability for negligent wrongful death may also play a part in his future.

A personal injury attorney familiar with the physical and mental causative factors in cases of wrongful death motorcycle accidents may help survivors in negotiations with the truck driver’s attorney and insurance adjuster and in advocacy for a fair award of damages if litigation is necessary. A personal injury attorney may be able to help survivors recover damages to include future earnings, funeral expenses, and compensation for pain and suffering.

Source: Cumming Patch, “Cumming Man, 19, Killed in Motorcycle Crash“, Liz Kennedy, July 27, 2013