Carteret County, NC (May 30, 2021) – The motorcyclist who was killed in a two-vehicle accident that took place near Morehead City on Friday has now been identified by authorities. The crash originally occurred around 2:30 p.m. on North Carolina Highway 24 near Morehead City.
According to Trooper Adam Collins of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, 89-year-old Helen Leibert was traveling on N.C. 24 when she attempted to merge onto N.C. 24 from Brandywine Boulevard. At the same time, 72-year-old Brian Burnham was traveling on N.C. 24. on a motorcycle. Leibert failed to yield to Burnham’s motorcycle, causing the two vehicles to collide.
Burnham was thrown from his bike and died at the crash scene. Leibert was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries. There were no other vehicles involved or injuries reported in the accident.
Troopers are still investigating at this time but charges are pending against Leibert following the outcome of the investigation. No further information has been released.
We would like to extend our condolences to the family of Brian Burnham following this tragic fatal crash in Carteret County.
Fatal Motorcycle Accidents in North Carolina
Motorcyclists in North Carolina are an extremely vulnerable group. Compared with other types of crashes involving traditional passenger vehicles, a motorcyclist is much more likely to sustain a serious injury or be involved in a fatal collision. A motorcycle offers no protection from the force and impact of a crash, making these vehicles especially dangerous when riders are mixed with negligent drivers on the roadway.
The statistics on motorcycle accidents in North Carolina underscore some of the dangers faced by riders in our state. According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, there were 3,516 reported North Carolina motorcycle accidents in 2018. From this number, there were also 2,728 reported injuries and 184 deaths. The cause of each motorcycle crash must be carefully investigated by authorities in order to determine who should be held responsible. In cases where the other driver is at fault, the motorcyclist or their family could have valuable legal rights.
North Carolina personal injury law is complicated and a personal injury case should be handled by an attorney with substantial experience in this area. During this time, your focus should be on your family and dealing with the burdens you are facing following a sudden and unexpected tragedy. In the meantime, your attorney can assist in handling all of the details of your legal claim to ensure that you are able to receive the compensation that you need and deserve during this difficult time.
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