AAA Carolinas says that there were about 190 motorcycle fatalities in North Carolina in 2007. This figure is a significant jump from the 108 motorcycle deaths in 2006, and reportedly ranks North Carolina number 8 among the 10 US states with the most motorcycle deaths each year.
According to AAA Carolinas CEO David E Parsons, the number of motorcycle fatalities in North Carolina has doubled in the past five years. It doesn’t help that the number of people that own motorcycles in the states has grown because of rising gas prices.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a motorcyclist’s chances of dying in a traffic crash is 37% greater than the odds faced by passengers riding in cars. While some accidents occur because of motorcyclist inexperience or error, many catastrophic injury accidents happen because a trucker, a car driver, a bus driver, or another party was negligent. If you or someone you love was injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another person’s negligence or carelessness, our North Carolina motorcycle crash lawyers would like to talk to you.
To prevent injury a motorcyclist on the road, AAA Carolinas offers a number of suggestions to motorists, including:
• Assume that a motorcycle is closer than it appears.
• Give motorcyclists enough room to maneuver.
• Pay attention while driving.
• Obey all traffic signs and signals.
• Do not follow a motorcycle too closely.
• Check blind spots before turning or changing lanes.
You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, medical costs, pain and suffering, and other damages.
AAA Warns Of Increasing Motorcycle Death Rates, NBC17.com, July 11, 2008
Multiple motorcycle accidents in New Hanover County leave three dead, WECT.com, July 29, 2008
Related Web Resources:
Motorcycle Permit, North Carolina DMV