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Motorcycle Accidents Archives

What is a safe following distance when behind a motorcycle?

As this blog has stated previously, motorcycles do not operate in exactly the same way as other vehicles on North Carolina's highways. Aside from being smaller, they also maneuver differently and require some special handling, since, after all, they have some features more common to bicycles than to cars. Other motorists on the roads of Raleigh thus need to take extra care around motorcycles.

Weren't wearing a helmet? We can still help

As last week's post discussed, sometimes, there is a public misconception over motorcyclists and their use of helmets. Specifically, the misconceptions is that North Carolina motorcyclists, who are involved in a serious motorcycle accident with another vehicle, are not entitled to compensation for their injuries if they chose not to wear a helmet at the time of the accident. This is simply not correct.

Recent statistics on motorcycle accident causes

According to a recent report, there were 4,586 deaths in connection with motorcycle accidents in 2014. While this marked a slight decrease in fatalities from the previous year, the number is still remarkably high. In fact, a North Carolinian traveling on a motorcycle is 26 more times likely to die in an accident than a person who is traveling in a passenger car.

Helping motorcycle accident victims seek compensation

Last week's post discussed many reasons why motorcycle accidents often prove to be absolutely disastrous for North Carolina residents. When a disaster like a motorcycle accident strikes a family, the victim and his or her loved ones may wonder where to turn for help. Many times, medical bills pile up after a motorcycle accident while the victim's income dries up because he or she cannot work because of his or her serious injuries.

Motorcycle accidents and facial fractures


Winter may be on the horizon, but that isn't stopping many North Carolinians from hopping on their motorcycles and going for a ride. As relaxing and cost-efficient as riding a motorcycle can be, it can also be extremely dangerous. Many motorcyclists take safety seriously, and they go out of their way to ensure they are driving in a manner that is appropriate.

What is road rash?


With summer coming to a close, some North Carolinians may feel like their motorcycle riding days are coming to an end. But there are still a lot of good riding days left. Though this is good news for many bikers across the state, for others, it gives more time for exposure to negligent drivers who could cause a motorcycle accident that leaves the biker with serious injuries.

Understanding the effect of helmet laws in personal injury claims


Many states in the U.S., including North Carolina, have strict laws against motorcyclists riding without a helmet. Authorities have tried to emphasize how important it is for motorcyclists to wear helmets because the helmet serves as effective protection in the event of a motorcycle accident. A helmet helps to reduce head injuries, leading to fewer fatalities from accidents.

Motorcycle accident deaths continue to drop across United States


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.

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