A woman was riding on the back of a motorcycle, heading down I-240E in North Carolina. As the bike got close to Exit 2, the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle.

The motorcycle crashed, and the woman was thrown off of the bike. Her injuries were so extensive that she passed away at the crash scene, per the Asheville Police Department. She was 55 years old at the time, and she was from Alma, Michigan.

The driver also suffered injuries in the crash, which are described as life-threatening, although that driver was still alive at the time of the latest reports. Emergency crews took the driver to Mission Hospital to get treatment.

Police are still investigating the crash. They do believe that the driver lost control and caused the accident, but they did not yet release any reason for that loss of control.

When you decide to ride as a passenger on a motorcycle, you put your life in someone else’s hands. There are always risks to driving, regardless of what you drive, but motorcycles have a higher degree of risk than most other vehicles. One simple mistake can cause a deadly accident.

It is important for those who suffer serious injuries, or the families of those who are killed, to know what legal rights they have to seek financial compensation. It may help cover medical bills, funeral costs, lost wage, pain and suffering and much more. This story does a good job of illustrating where fault may lie, even in a single-vehicle crash, when a motorcycle driver causes the accident.