William Schmitt was headed to work in Raleigh, North Carolina (NC) on his motorcycle when he crashed into a van, causing him critical injuries.
William Schmitt was traveling on Mt. Vernon Church Road in Raleigh when Cheryl Rash heading the opposite way in her van attempted to turn left into a private drive. Schmitt’s motorcycle crashed in to the side of Cheryl Rash’s van.
Cheryl Rash and the child who was traveling with her at the time of the motorcycle accident were taken to local Raleigh, North Carolina (NC) hospitals where they were treated for minor injuries. Both Rash and the child were released later in the day. William Schmitt was taken to WakeMed where he is still in critical condition.
According to the Raleigh Police Department Rash simply did not see Schmitt’s motorcycle before she turned and no charges have been filed in the accident.
As a personal injury attorney I know that accidents involving motorcycles are far too common. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that motorcycles are up to 16 times more likely to be involved in an accident, and undivided roads such as Mt. Vernon Church Road are responsible for the majority of fatal motorcycle accidents.
While you are driving it is important to pay attention to motorcycles on the roadways, especially at night time and on smaller more rural roads. Accidents where the driver of a vehicle simply didn’t see the motorcycle make up for a large portion of all motorcycle accidents. By slowing down and sharing the road with motorcycles you can help decrease those numbers.