Motorcyclists have to watch out for a lot of things when they're out on their rides. Some people don't realize the number of hazards that can cause problems for these individuals. The warmer months of the year are a specific time when one hazard, grass clippings on the road, becomes especially problematic.
Motorcycle crashes are serious events that can cause catastrophic injuries to the motorcyclist. While some of these crashes are preventable, others might not be. One factor that all motorcyclists need to remember is that the vast majority of crashes that involve other vehicles are the fault of the other motorist. Many of these occur at intersections, so all motorcyclists must take extra care in these areas.
When you're on the twisting roads high up in the Great Smoky Mountains or Nantahala Forest, you can tell you're dealing with different circumstances that on I-95 or I-40. There are a lot of reasons this may be true, but they all matter to motorcycle safety.
Anyone who has been on a motorcycle knows that a split-second decision can be the difference between getting to your destination and getting into serious trouble. A pothole, a patch of loose gravel or a car's bumper can spell disaster for a biker because the slightest problem can lead to serious damage or personal trauma.
It's never easy to think straight during or after a stressful event, and there are few events more stressful than a road accident. This is especially true for motorcyclists, as any accident at any speed has the potential for injury or even death to the rider or any passengers.
Motorcycles are one of the most popular ways to get around North Carolina as we enter summer. Bikes are fun to ride and cooler for drivers in the high mountain air of the Great Smokies or the coastal plains near the Atlantic. But there are always risks when people hit the road, and the risks are greater for people on vehicles with no protection.
Nothing is more precious than your life, and nothing is more important to keeping it than your head. Although it is way more fun in some cases to tear around the roads of the Tar Heel State with nothing on your head, that is also a good way to fall victim to careless drivers, poor road conditions and other unseen hazards.
There are few thrills for a kid that compare with flying down the open road on a bike. In that way, many motorcyclists are like grown-up kids, enjoying the grown-up version of those incredible bicycle rides from their youth. Unfortunately, just like bicyclists, motorcyclists are especially vulnerable to injuries and death when they're involved in an accident with a passenger vehicle of some kind.
There are obvious risks in life and there are hidden ones. The risks that are hard to spot are the ones that can keep us awake at night. It's hard to imagine having to wake up with the knowledge that one could have prevented a serious injury or a death, but that is often the case for a driver who has struck a motorcycle.
Motorcycles are as much a part of modern life in North Carolina as horses were part of its early history. Although plenty of people were injured or even killed in accidents related to horses in Tar Heel past, it is far more likely for a motorcycle crash to lead to serious trauma, permanent disability or death.