Although the accident rates for motorcycles has been declining over the last few years across the country, these riders remain the most vulnerable class of vehicle accidents on North Carolina’s roads. The typical vehicle operator is exposed to the road, the elements and other vehicles and usually has no other protection than a helmet. Motorcycles do not have the safety features and devices that most modern cars do such as airbags and seat belts that can lessen the impact of an accident.
This is why so many riders involved in motorcycle accidents suffer serious injuries, including head and brain trauma, neck and spinal cord injuries and fractures and internal organ damage. In too many cases, accident victims succumb to their injuries.
Fortunately, as the Governors Highway Safety Association recently noted, over the last three years, the number of fatal motorcycle accidents has decreased, although the totals remain far higher than a decade ago. Last year, 4,584 motorcycle riders died in accidents across the country, a two percent decrease over 2013, which itself saw a six percent drop from 2012. These numbers remain more than 20 percent higher than 10 years ago, although officials note that the number of riders has more than doubled in the last decade.
State authorities around the country, including North Carolina, have ongoing campaigns and road safety initiatives to encourage car drivers to be aware of motorcyclists at all times and to recognize that these vehicle operators have the same right to the road as other drivers. Research from various state and national authorities, in fact, has found that most motorcycle accidents are caused by other drivers.
The victim of such a motorcycle accident is usually entitled to seek compensation through the courts to help them cover their medical expenses and make up for lost income.
Source: CheatSheet.com, “Motorcycle death rates are improving, but can they go lower,” Collin Woodard, June 8, 2015