Police announced that charges were brought against a woman involved in an accident with a motorcycle that left one person dead. The incident was reported by the South Carolina Highway patrol to have happened around 7:40 p.m., April 18, in Garden City. A motorcycle was traveling north on Highway 17 when a Mercury car crossed into its path. The operator of the car was attempting to turn onto Highway 17 from Cypress Avenue at the time of the incident. The motorcycle operator was forced to lay the motorcycle down hard in an attempt to avoid colliding with the car.

The motorcycle was carrying a passenger, a 57-year-old woman from Myrtle Beach. The passenger was transported from the scene of the accident to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center for treatment of severe head injuries and pronounced dead the following morning. Police were unable to state whether either the operator or the passenger of the motorcycle were wearing helmets during the accident. The woman who was driving the car was charged by police with failing to yield to the motorcycle.

Car accidents involving motorcycles have a significant risk of resulting in serious injuries and fatalities. A negligent driver who fails to yield the right of way may face criminal charges, and those charges may aid the civil case of an injured plaintiff.

Any settlement with an insurance company should attempt to address both a loss of life and ongoing medical expenses. An attorney may also be able to explain how the process of seeking compensation for damaged property works. A settlement of an accident case against a negligent vehicle operator may also included compensation to address the actions of the at-fault driver.

Source: WBTW, “Driver charged with failure to yield in deadly Horry County crash,” Jonee’ Lewis, April 19, 2015