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Joseph Roger Cross, 32 died Friday afternoon after he was hit by an SUV on his motorcycle last Friday in Brunswick County, NC. North Carolina Highway Patrol reported that Cross was driving his motorcycle along Kirby Road when he was broadsided by an SUV where he died at the scene of the accident.

Authorities say Dorothy Hewett,51, will be charged for failure to yield which resulted in an accident that killed Cross. Hewett was turning left onto her driveway and was not aware of oncoming traffic when Cross ran into her SUV. There was no mention as to whether or not Hewett was injured in the wreck.

According to The Disaster Center’s Motor Vehicle Accident Death and Injury data Index, motor vehicles accidents account for more deaths than all natural disasters combined. If you are a male, then you are twice as likely to die in a motor vehicle accident as if you are a female. However, if you’re a woman you are slightly more likely to be injured.

Quoting from the same index, approximately 15% of people who die due to motor vehicle accidents are pedestrians, bicyclists or other wise not in motor vehicles. Over 66% of people who die in vehicles are not properly wearing safety restraints. So, it’s always safe to say that no matter what type of vehicle one is using, it must be your number one rule to think safety and obey all traffic rules.

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm (VA-NC law offices ) edits the injury law blogs Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as a pro bono service to consumers.

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