Weldon, NC (September 16, 2020) – A man from Roanoke Rapids was killed in a motorcycle accident on Monday, September 14th. The crash took place just before 3:30 p.m. along Washington Avenue near West Eleventh Street.
According to Trooper W.H. Wheeler of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, 24-year-old Tierria Jackson was operating a vehicle on Washington Avenue when she attempted to make a left turn onto West Eleventh Street. Jackson failed to yield the right of way and collided with an oncoming motorcycle that was operated by 47-year-old Kelvin Watson. Following the crash, Watson’s motorcycle left the roadway to the right and veered into a ditch. Watson was ejected and collided with a utility pole.
Rescue crews responded to the crash scene. Watson was transported to a nearby hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. Following an investigation into the crash, police determined that Jackson was impaired at the time of the accident. She was later charged with felony death by motor vehicle, driving while impaired, failure to yield the right of way, and no operator’s license. She was arrested and given a court date of November 4th.
No further information has been released at this time.
We would like to extend our condolences to the family of Kelvin Watson following this tragic motorcycle crash in Weldon.
Motorcycle Accidents in North Carolina
Motorcycles can be a very dangerous and deadly mode of transportation. While many people in North Carolina enjoy riding motorcycles, the risks can be great. This is especially true if there is a crash involving a motorcycle and a vehicle. According to the most recent statistics, there are approximately 3,600 motorcycle accidents in North Carolina annually. From these crashes, more than 160 people will lose their lives and many more will be injured. The injury rate for North Carolina motorcycle accidents is approximately 80%, underscoring just how dangerous a motorcycle can be.
When you or a loved one have been affected by a North Carolina motorcycle accident, it is important to have a full understanding of your legal rights. Under North Carolina law, victims and their family members may have the right to bring an injury or wrongful death claim against the other motorist. In many cases, motorcyclists are not at fault for the crash occurring. When an innocent victim is injured or killed at the hands of another, the victim may be entitled to compensation. Several types of compensation are available including payments for lost wages, funeral and medical bills, loss of companionship, and potentially more.
At Burton Law Firm, North Carolina motorcycle accident attorney Jason M. Burton stands ready to help during your time of greatest need. We understand what you are going through and we want to assist you in fighting for justice and receiving the compensation that you need and deserve. Our tough but compassionate approach ensures that our clients are always given the highest priority.
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