Raleigh Motorcyclist Dies Following North Carolina Injury Accident

November 3, 2009, by Michael A. DeMayo

The Raleigh man who was injured in a hit-and-run North Carolina traffic accident has died. Michael Stegler was 49. The Raleigh motorcycle accident happened on October 2 when Stegler’s motorcycle was struck by a van that did not stop at the crash site.

Police later identified Jack W. Stith II as the hit and run driver. He is charged with failing to stop at a crash site.

2008 Motorcycle Data, NHTSA:

• 5,290 US motorcyclist deaths
• 77% of the motorcycles were hit from the front.
• 7% were struck from the back.
• 25% of motorcycles involved in deadly accidents collided with nonmoving objects.
• 19% collided with passenger cars.
• 4% were involved in large truck crashes.
• 14% were in crashes with light trucks.
• 96,000 motorcyclist injuries.
• 2,554 motorcycles involved in these fatalities collided with another kind of motor vehicle.
• 159 North Carolina motorcycle rider deaths.
• 115 South Carolina motorcycle rider fatalities.

Nationally last year, there were 2% more motorcyclist deaths than the 5,174 motorcyclist fatalities that occurred in 2007. And according to the US Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting, there has been a 150% increase in motorcycle fatalities over the past decade (In 1997, 2,116 people were killed in US motorcycle crashes). This is unfortunate for motorcyclists and their passengers, who are prone to catastrophic injuries during motorcycle accidents.

For the first time since 1981 when it issued the Hurt Report, the Federal Highway Administration is going to conduct a study about what causes motorcycle crashes and how to stop them from happening.

Motorcycle rider struck in Hilltop hit-run dies, The Columbus Dispatch, October 15, 2009

Motorcycles, 2008 Traffic Safety Facts, NHTSA (PDF)

Federal Government To Study Motorcycle Crash Causation, Chicago Now, October 9, 2009

Related Web Resources:
The Hurt Report



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