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Motorcycle accident fatality rates may be increasing

People in North Carolina who operate motorcycles should know that motorcyclists made up 14 percent of all of the traffic deaths in 2015. They accounted for 17 percent of driver and passenger fatalities as well as 4 percent of both the number of all individuals injured and the number all occupants who were injured.

An increase in motorcycle accident deaths in 2015

Motorcycle riders in North Carolina face many dangers on the roads, and these dangers can be amplified by unsafe behaviors. A new report shows that decreased helmet use, lack of riding skills and increased alcohol and drug use have led to more motorcycle deaths in recent years.

When cars, trucks and motorcyles share the road

When drivers in North Carolina share the roads with motorcyclists, it is sometimes assumed that the latter are responsible for their own safety entirely. In actual fact, drivers of all vehicles have a legal responsibility to exercise duty of care when sharing the roads with all other vehicles. Motorcylists face unique dangers due to being more unprotected while riding, but they do not have a greater legal responsibility than other drivers.

Motorcyclist killed after being rear-ended by pickup truck

North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers were called to the scene of a fatal motorcycle crash at around 12:20 p.m. on Sept. 11. The accident happened along Highway 68 in Oak Ridge near the Historic Old Mill. According to reports, the driver of a pickup truck rear-ended a motorcycle, killing the motorcycle driver and injuring the motorcycle passenger.

Motorcycle safety myths to ignore

When riding a motorcycle on North Carolina roads, the best and perhaps only way to do so is defensively. This means that riders should assume that other vehicles will not see them and that riding at a speed appropriate for road conditions may reduce the odds of a crash. Unfortunately, there are myths abound that may interfere with safety and put inexperienced riders in dangerous situations.

North Carolina amputee seeks to help people in his situation

There are a lot of North Carolina residents living without the use of one or more legs, and some of these are amputees who were involved in motorcycle accidents. Modern medicine has come a long way to create prosthetic limbs to help amputees regain their mobility to near pre-accident levels, but these prosthetics are extremely expensive and unaffordable.

Motorcycle safety hard enough without deep-seated hostility

Are motorcycles safer than cars? If you speak to an experienced North Carolina rider with particular defensive driver training the answer might well be yes. The argument that you likely could expect to hear is that competent motorcycle riders have more options for avoiding accidents. They have a clearer field of vision of the road, more maneuverability in a crisis, tend to face fewer distractions than car drivers and assume they are vulnerable.

What makes a motorcycle helmet safe?

Motorcycle riding experts in North Carolina generally agree that one of the best things that any rider can do to improve their chances of surviving a crash is to wear the right gear; all the right gear. Of course, the definition of what the right gear is seems to vary somewhat depending on the expert you talk to.

All drivers need to make motorcycle safety a top priority

North Carolina is one of the greatest places in the country to ride a motorcycle because of its winding roads and scenery. For that reason, numerous motorcyclists flock to the state each summer. The state also has many residents that ride, either as their main form of transportation or for fun.

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