North Carolina is home to some of the most beautiful and motorcycle-friendly roads in the nation. Little can compare to the thrill of meandering through the Appalachian Mountains on curving scenic roadways on a Sunday afternoon. That said, motorcyclists face real dangers on the road. Many of those dangers can be avoided and circumvented by a skillful and safe motorcyclist, but when it comes to poorly maintained roads and negligent drivers, accidents can happen regardless.
On Dec. 19, a moped was involved in a hit-and-run accident in Charlotte, and one of its two riders died as a result. Authorities reported that a 46-year-old man was later taken into custody in connection with the incident.
An Oct. 30 traffic accident involving a semi-truck and five passenger vehicles inflicted immense damage, killing three individuals and injuring eight others. According to law enforcement officials, the multi-vehicle collision happened in a construction zone on the northbound lanes of U.S 52 near the Westinghouse Road exit.
According to members of the North Carolina Highway Patrol, a two-vehicle collision claimed the life of a 62-year-old Lumberton woman on Oct. 23 around 3:40 p.m. The accident occurred when the woman was reportedly struck head-on by a car driving in the opposite direction.
North Carolina's Gov. McCrory declared May to be Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The mild temperatures are sure to bring motorcycle enthusiasts out in force for a bit of wind therapy after our long winter, and the governor wants everyone to pay close attention while on the roads to avoid motorcycle accidents.
Interstate 40 in Orange County was the scene of a recent early morning head-on collision resulting from an alleged drunken driver traveling for five to 10 miles in the wrong direction.
Wake County police tracked down an accused hit-and-run driver on Feb. 13 after he allegedly fled the scene of a crash that claimed two lives. The fatal car accident took place in Garner on Interstate 40 where at least three men were trying to service vehicles stuck in a roadside ditch. A 21-year-old Kure Beach man in a Volvo reportedly drove by those men and hit two of them, leaving one dead at the scene and another suffering fatal injuries.
In a move that could end up affecting some Camry owners in North Carolina, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has made a preliminary evaluation of possible brake defects in 2007 and 2008 Camry models. The agency has identified 59 complaints related to faulty brake actuation in these vehicles, 40 percent of which occurred at speeds greater than 40 mph. Brake failures at those velocities could lead to a dangerous car accident. Thus far, two accidents have been linked to the possible defect and the NHTSA is investigating whether any injuries or fatalities may be related.