An event for Vietnam veterans held at North Carolina's Charlotte Motor Speedway, turned tragic last weekend for two motorcyclists and one passenger. A 66-year-old man was killed and his wife seriously injured in a motorcycle accident with another motorcycle driver. The other driver also died as a result of the accident.
According to a news report, the fatal accident took place on the speedway itself. The cause of the accident was not reported, so it is not known whether or not either of the drivers were drinking and driving at the time of the motorcycle accident. 62,000 people were at the Charlotte event.
The 66-year-old man's wife is being treated at Carolinas Medical Center. Apparently, her doctors have induced a coma for the woman, who had several broken bones and a traumatic brain injury. The news report did not state whether any of the motorcycle accident victims were wearing a helmet.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of deaths due to motor vehicle accidents was at an all time low in 2008. The same year, the death rate for motorcycle accidents had increased by 55 percent in the previous seven years. Most injuries are to the leg or foot, followed by neck and head injuries.
Helmet laws vary by state. North Carolina is currently a state that requires the use of a helmet for motorcyclists.
Local authorities are investigating the cause of the motorcycle crash. If negligence is found on the part of either of the drivers, then the injured woman can sue for personal injury damages including pain and suffering. The family of the driver who did not cause the accident, may sue the estate of the negligent driver.
Source: Online Athens, "Motorcycle crash critically injures Arcade city manager, kills her husband," Joe Johnson, April 3, 2012