Motorcycles On North Carolina Roadways
In 2011, 147 North Carolina motorcyclists were killed in crashes. An additional 3,517 motorcycle riders were injured in non-fatal crashes on North Carolina roadways. These statistics do not include mopeds and other motorized bikes. For some, these motorcycle accident statistics reflect the loss of a relative and subsequent financial suffering. Dedicated motorcycle accident lawyers can help the victims of North Carolina motorcycle accidents recover the compensation they deserve.
What caused the crash?
Motorcycles accident victims are more vulnerable to physical damage because they travel North Carolina roadways without the same physical protection as from automobiles.
Most North Carolina motorcycle accidents are caused by one of the following:
- Reduced visibility: Motorcycles are smaller and other motorists find it more difficult to see them in traffic. It is not uncommon for cars making left turns out of a side street to drive directly into the path of a motorcycle.
- Blind spots: Motorcycles are easily lost in drivers’ blind spots and vulnerable to increased accidents.
- Road hazards: Roadway problems such as uneven lanes, loose gravel, potholes and water significantly affect motorcycles more than automobiles.
- Motorcycles travel differently: Because motorcycles are smaller and accelerate much faster than cars, drivers have difficulty judging the speed of motorcycles when pulling out in front of them. Similarly, motorcycles brake much faster than cars, which may lead to rear-end collisions.
- Defective equipment: Because motorcycles do not offer much physical protection to drivers, a mechanical failure may leave motorcyclists especially vulnerable to injury.
Although North Carolina law declares that motorcycles have the right to fully use a lane, and no car should impede on that right, very serious motorcycle accidents occur too frequently. Victims of incidents caused by another motorist’s negligence may collect for medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, emotional distress and pain and suffering damages.
To fully develop a successful personal injury suit, you need to work with an experienced Charlotte motorcycle accident attorney from the Law Offices of Brian deBrun PLLC. Call now for a consultation.