One woman died following a serious motorcycle accident on a stretch of Interstate 40, the major North Carolina highway that connects Durham to Cary and Raleigh.
Just as in the case of learning to drive a car, a resident of Cary, North Carolina, who wants to learn to ride a motorcycle may at first not know much about how exactly to use the bike safely. For such people, there are several basic pointers that may reduce the possibility of a motorcycle accident.
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.
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.
Of course, it is important for motorcyclists who ride in and around Cary, North Carolina, to wear their helmets when they are riding. They really do save lives and prevent or mitigate serious injuries.
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.
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.
Riding a motorcycle is often associated with a sense of freedom and excitement. Being out in the open with little more than two wheels between you and the road can make any ride feel like an adventure.
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.
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.