Shallotte, NC (February 9, 2021) – A 67-year-old man from Bolivia was killed in a bicycle crash that took place in Brunswick County on Sunday, February 7th. The crash happened on U.S. Highway 17 near Shallotte.
According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Mitchell Wayne Griffith was riding his bicycle southbound on U.S. 17 when he was hit by a white 2009 BMW. The BMW driver, who has not been identified, fled the scene before officers could arrive. Troopers later located the driver and arrested him in connection with the crash. Griffith died at the accident scene. There is no word on the events that caused the accident and police have not said which charges the driver is facing.
An investigation into the crash is ongoing. There are no further details available.
We wish to offer our thoughts and most sincere condolences to the family of Mitchell Wayne Griffith following this tragic fatal bicycle crash in Brunswick County.
North Carolina Bicycle Accidents
On average, there are approximately 120 fatal bicycle accidents in North Carolina each year. Bicyclists are at great risk of death or serious bodily injury when they are involved in a crash. A bicycle offers almost no protection from the force and impact of the crash. Riders should always wear protective gear, including helmets, but protective equipment does not prevent serious injuries when a vehicle is involved in a crash. The force and impact of a bicycle crash can lead to serious injuries regardless of precautions that the bicyclist takes. The types of serious injuries sustained in North Carolina bicycle accident includes head injuries, neck and spinal cord trauma, broken bones, and even death.
Many bicyclists are killed or injured in crashes that were not their fault. Although a bicycle rider has the same rights as a pedestrian or other individual on the roadway, motorists often fail to honor these rights. This includes drivers who drive carelessly and negligently and fail to follow traffic safety laws, thus causing a serious accident. Impaired drivers also contribute to the number of major crashes on our roadways. These drivers lack the ability to appreciate the dangerousness of their actions and the risk that they pose to others.
At Burton Law Firm, we stand ready to help when you have been injured due to the carelessness of another person. We understand what you are experiencing during this difficult time. North Carolina bicycle accident attorney Jason M. Burton is here for you following a serious accident. From our office in Raleigh, we fight every day for innocent crash victims and their families across our state. We would be honored to assist you as well.
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