Durham, NC (September 20, 2020) – A 32-year-old man is dead and his wife suffered injuries in a rear-end motorcycle collision that happened in Durham on Friday. The crash occurred around 11:00 p.m. on Fayetteville Road near the intersection with Stratford Lakes Drive.
The Durham Police Department responded to the scene of the crash along with rescue crews. Investigators were able to determine that 26-year-old Timothy Long of Durham was driving a vehicle on Fayetteville Road when a motorcycle in front of him was stopped at the intersection of Fayetteville and Stratford Lakes. Long failed to slow his vehicle and collided with the back of the motorcycle.
The 32-year-old male driver was taken to Duke University Hospital where he died from his injuries. The passenger, his wife, was also taken to Duke with critical injuries which are considered life-threatening. Following an investigation, Long was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. Alcohol is believed to have played a role in the crash and additional charges are possible pending the outcome of the investigation.
We would like to extend our most sincere condolences to the family who lost a loved one in this Durham motorcycle accident and our thoughts are with the injured passenger as we hope for her recovery.
Fatal Traffic Accidents in North Carolina
Deadly crashes take place every day on North Carolina’s streets and highways. According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, more than 1,400 people were killed in accidents across our state in 2018. This means that there are about three fatal accidents in North Carolina every day. Many of the victims of these crashes were innocent and lost their lives due to the actions of other motorists. Speeding, distracted driving, impairment, and aggressive driving can all lead to accidents that have catastrophic consequences for victims and their families.
Under North Carolina law, if you have lost a loved one in a traffic accident, you may have a legal right to recovery. A North Carolina wrongful death claim can be filed against the negligent driver within two years of the date of death. These claims are filed by the deceased victim’s personal representative and can seek compensation for lost wages, funeral and medical expenses, loss of companionship, and more. Although no amount of money can ever replace the loss of a family member, the money that you are able to recover can help assist you with some of the unexpected expenses that arise following a sudden tragedy.
At Burton Law Firm, North Carolina wrongful death lawyer Jason M. Burton stands ready to help during your time of greatest need. Regardless of what you are going through, we will fight for the justice that you deserve. Since 2012, our team has successfully recovered more than 40 million dollars in total compensation for injured accident victims and their families.
We offer free consultations and case evaluations to all potential clients. To schedule your appointment with a member of our team, please contact us via the link on our website or give us a call any time at (833) 623-0042.
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