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.
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.
Throughout the Raleigh area there are many people for whom a motorcycle is their favored choice of transportation. As is the case with any motor vehicle, it is possible that in the midst of enjoying a ride, a crash could occur. The outcome of these crashes varies due to a variety of factors. In the worst cases the severity of the injuries lead to death. This was sadly the case earlier this month.