Two Motorcycles Collide, Resulting In Death And Injuries
Rear-end collisions are a common type of traffic accident, but they are not usually the most destructive to life and limb. Most of the time when one vehicle rear-ends another, it occurs at a red light or in heavy traffic on an urban street, which means that the vehicles are not traveling very fast. Rear-end collisions are a common cause of accidents that involve more than two vehicles, but unless one vehicle is traveling at such high speed as to push another into oncoming traffic in an intersection, they usually do not result in life-threatening injuries. In most cases, your biggest worries after a rear-end collision are whiplash injury and the bills for treatment of said whiplash injury and for vehicle repairs. If one of the vehicles involved is a motorcycle, however, it is a different story. Whenever a motorcycle collides with anything, it is bad news; motorcycles offer no protection for their riders. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, regardless of the direction from which vehicle struck the other, contact a Columbia motorcycle accident lawyer.
One Dead and Three Hospitalized After Motorcycle Collision
One evening in September 2022, one motorcycle was following another closely on U.S. Highway 17 in Garden City in Horry County. Each motorcycle was transporting a man and a woman. The motorcycle in the rear was a 2003 Harley Davidson, but news reports did not indicate the make and model of the motorcycle in front.
At about 9:40 p.m. the motorcycle in the rear struck the back of the motorcycle in front, causing all four people to be ejected. They were all taken to hospitals for treatment. The most seriously injured person was Autumn “Bliss” Viar, a resident of Amherst, Virginia. She was transported to a hospital in Waccamaw, where she died of her injuries. She was 36 years old. The injured people were a 40-year-old woman, a 49-year-old man, and a 51-year-old man. News reports did not release their names or discuss the nature or severity of their injuries. Viar was not wearing a helmet, but news reports did not mention whether the other riders were wearing helmets.
According to Viar’s obituary, she worked at the Department of Social Services and was engaged to be married. She is survived by her three children, her parents, her brother, her fiancé, and her fiance’s children.
Viar’s obituary cites a drunk driver as the cause of the accident that claimed her life. No information is available about whether any criminal charges have been filed in connection to the lawsuit. Whether or not anyone gets charged or convicted of DUI, vehicular homicide, or any other offenses, Viar’s family has the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit, and the injured people have the right to file personal injury lawsuits.
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The personal injury lawyers at the Stanley Law Group can help you if you or a family member suffered serious injuries as a result of a motorcycle accident. Contact The Stanley Law Group in Columbia, South Carolina or call (803)799-4700 for a free initial consultation.